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#Freedom of Information

# freedom-of-information - Monday 28 May, 2018

Politicians made nearly 5,000 representations to the Passport Office on behalf of their constituents
# Passports
# Passports

Politicians made nearly 5,000 representations to the Passport Office on behalf of their constituents

May 28th 2018, 12:05 AM 22,910 Views 25 Comments

Five TDs – including a minister – made over 100 representations to the Passport Office on behalf of individuals in the last two years.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 14 May, 2018

At least €2 million ploughed into PSC / driving licence project -  before Shane Ross pulled the plug because it wasn't legal
# House Of Cards
# House Of Cards

At least €2 million ploughed into PSC / driving licence project - before Shane Ross pulled the plug because it wasn't legal

May 14th 2018, 12:05 AM 64,359 Views 81 Comments

The Road Safety Authority had scrambled to get its house in order for the PSC introduction, only for the initiative to be dropped suddenly and at the last minute in March of this year.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 6 May, 2018

US hospital tried to speak to the Children's Hospital Group before launch of abandoned Phoenix name
# Ahead Of Themselves
# Ahead Of Themselves

US hospital tried to speak to the Children's Hospital Group before launch of abandoned Phoenix name

May 6th 2018, 8:00 AM 16,493 Views 37 Comments

Last month Health Minister Simon Harris confirmed the name Phoenix Children’s Health would not be used on foot of a threatened legal action from the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 13 March, 2018

Cork hospital spends €30k on pest control after rodents were found in sink
# Mice
# Mice

Cork hospital spends €30k on pest control after rodents were found in sink

Mar 13th 2018, 7:53 PM 29,301 Views 18 Comments

Pest control companies attended the hospital more than 120 times last year.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 14 January, 2018

'Laughable', 'a joke', 'cynical', 'opportunistic' - Zappone brought to task by parents over childcare fees crisis
# Outrage
# Outrage

'Laughable', 'a joke', 'cynical', 'opportunistic' - Zappone brought to task by parents over childcare fees crisis

Jan 14th 2018, 9:00 PM 44,420 Views 87 Comments

The introduction of a universal subsidy for childcare in September saw many creches across the country raise their fees at the same time.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 28 December, 2017

'It's a TRACKING app, where did those four minutes go?': Complaints made about Dublin Bus
# Public Transport
# Public Transport

'It's a TRACKING app, where did those four minutes go?': Complaints made about Dublin Bus

Dec 28th 2017, 12:00 PM 42,382 Views 53 Comments

Some people took issue with proposed changes to public transport in the capital, while others complained about alleged dangerous driving.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 27 December, 2017

Assault, theft and drunk and disorderly: 1,762 Irish people arrested by Met Police this year
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

Assault, theft and drunk and disorderly: 1,762 Irish people arrested by Met Police this year

Dec 27th 2017, 6:15 AM 13,027 Views 35 Comments

Some 62 people were arrested for being drunk and disorderly, one was arrested for being drunk and in charge of a child under seven.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 25 December, 2017

Read the emails sent to Leo in his first month as Taoiseach
# Autograph Requests
# Autograph Requests

Read the emails sent to Leo in his first month as Taoiseach

Dec 25th 2017, 2:00 PM 16,469 Views 41 Comments

People wanted to talk to Varadkar about the Pride Parade, the Eighth Amendment and the cost of rent.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 24 December, 2017

'My seven-year-old daughter shed a tear': Enda Kenny received a lot of well wishes when he stepped down
# The Long Goodbye
# The Long Goodbye

'My seven-year-old daughter shed a tear': Enda Kenny received a lot of well wishes when he stepped down

Dec 24th 2017, 9:30 PM 18,586 Views 61 Comments

Although one critic wrote: “Thank God you’re finally off … back to the bog you came from.”

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 23 December, 2017

Trump and Prince Charles got the most expensive gifts from the Taoiseach this year
# You're Too Kind
# You're Too Kind

Trump and Prince Charles got the most expensive gifts from the Taoiseach this year

Dec 23rd 2017, 7:30 AM 25,002 Views 23 Comments

Justin Trudeau got socks from Leo Varadkar (of course), among other presents.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 22 December, 2017

'The minister is talking about the Man United game instead of the rail strike'
# Complaints
# Complaints

'The minister is talking about the Man United game instead of the rail strike'

Dec 22nd 2017, 7:00 PM 16,022 Views 27 Comments

Industrial action by Irish Rail workers affected many commuters in November.

Gardaí working up to 100 hours a week for overtime payments of up to €68,500
# Cash
# Cash

Gardaí working up to 100 hours a week for overtime payments of up to €68,500

Dec 22nd 2017, 12:05 AM 37,318 Views 94 Comments

Gardaí spent €107 million on overtime so far this year with one garda earning €68,641 in overtime alone.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 21 December, 2017

'When are you going to bring in the army to drive the buses?': Complaints made during Bus Éireann strike
# Dear Minister
# Dear Minister

'When are you going to bring in the army to drive the buses?': Complaints made during Bus Éireann strike

Dec 21st 2017, 6:00 AM 11,978 Views 25 Comments

Commuters were affected by three weeks of industrial action earlier this year.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 11 December, 2017

Multiple allegations of sexual and physical abuse against disability care staff
# UNSOLICITED Information
# UNSOLICITED Information

Multiple allegations of sexual and physical abuse against disability care staff

Dec 11th 2017, 12:05 AM 27,801 Views 30 Comments

The concerns are all raised in documents released by Hiqa (the Health and Quality Authority) to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 5 December, 2017

Woman has request to see changes made to her own data refused as database 'is blanked every two weeks'
# Request Refused
# Request Refused

Woman has request to see changes made to her own data refused as database 'is blanked every two weeks'

Dec 5th 2017, 12:05 AM 47,219 Views 45 Comments

The woman had requested access to her own citizen’s data file under freedom of information.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 4 November, 2017

'If you post one out I'll cut it up and send it back': The PSC has people both enraged and deeply confused
# Misinformationfest
# Misinformationfest

'If you post one out I'll cut it up and send it back': The PSC has people both enraged and deeply confused

Nov 4th 2017, 6:05 AM 44,011 Views 114 Comments

Both the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and the Road Safety Authority have walked into a blizzard of criticism over the expansion of the Public Services Card (PSC).

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 30 September, 2017

Nama employee: 'The request is from Mick Wallace so trying to close off angles of attack in advance'
# ACCESS DENIED
# ACCESS DENIED

Nama employee: 'The request is from Mick Wallace so trying to close off angles of attack in advance'

Sep 30th 2017, 12:05 AM 29,337 Views 66 Comments

Wallace has hit out at Nama for its lack of transparency and said the Freedom of Information Act has serious problems.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 24 September, 2017

Behaviour of staff top reason for complaints about maternity services at Portlaoise
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

Behaviour of staff top reason for complaints about maternity services at Portlaoise

Sep 24th 2017, 6:05 AM 22,108 Views 38 Comments

Half of the complaints were about staff behaviour and three were about the care received.

# freedom-of-information - Tuesday 5 September, 2017

HSE spent almost €300k burying people who were homeless or had no known family
# Next Of Kin
# Next Of Kin

HSE spent almost €300k burying people who were homeless or had no known family

Sep 5th 2017, 6:00 AM 10,804 Views 29 Comments

The money was spent over the last three years.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 26 August, 2017

'In danger of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory': How tension built ahead of Orkambi deal
# Cystic Fibrosis
# Cystic Fibrosis

'In danger of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory': How tension built ahead of Orkambi deal

Aug 26th 2017, 12:05 AM 12,520 Views 11 Comments

HSE and Vertex employees were working long hours behind the scenes to secure the historic agreement.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 17 August, 2017

Garda overtime bill soars to €60.5 million for first six months of 2017
# Payday
# Payday

Garda overtime bill soars to €60.5 million for first six months of 2017

Aug 17th 2017, 6:15 AM 11,051 Views 59 Comments

That means it has grown by 57% for January to June compared to the same period last year.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 31 July, 2017

€4.4 million paid out to staff of TDs who left Leinster House following the last election
# Bonanza
# Bonanza

€4.4 million paid out to staff of TDs who left Leinster House following the last election

Jul 31st 2017, 7:47 AM 18,807 Views 64 Comments

199 former staff shared in the redundancy payouts, with eight ex-employees receiving packages worth more than €100,000 apiece.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 24 July, 2017

Cockroaches, mould and chronic drug abuse in front of children - life in homeless accommodation
# Emergency Accommodation
# Emergency Accommodation

Cockroaches, mould and chronic drug abuse in front of children - life in homeless accommodation

Jul 24th 2017, 12:05 AM 13,491 Views 31 Comments

New documents detail the issues facing people living in homeless emergency accommodation.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 26 June, 2017

HSE misallocated latest request from sexual abuse survivor whose claims it lost for 3 years
# Frustration
# Frustration

HSE misallocated latest request from sexual abuse survivor whose claims it lost for 3 years

Jun 26th 2017, 12:05 AM 13,950 Views 0 Comments

The HSE’s dealings with ‘Mary’ has seen it issue her with a number of apologies since 2010.

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 24 June, 2017

Dept had concerns over calling people 'cheats' in controversial welfare ad campaign
# Cheat Us All
# Cheat Us All

Dept had concerns over calling people 'cheats' in controversial welfare ad campaign

Jun 24th 2017, 12:05 AM 26,338 Views 79 Comments

Newly-released FOI documents show that the Department had considered changing the title to something less forceful.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 11 June, 2017

Concerns raised that private health insurance patients are being 'bullied' by hospitals
# Health
# Health

Concerns raised that private health insurance patients are being 'bullied' by hospitals

Jun 11th 2017, 6:06 PM 28,481 Views 83 Comments

RTÉ’s This Week reported concerns around bullying of private health insurance holders.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 21 May, 2017

'Like he slept in his clothes for a week' - no punches pulled in Dáil dress code complaints
# Ain't Too Shabby
# Ain't Too Shabby

'Like he slept in his clothes for a week' - no punches pulled in Dáil dress code complaints

May 21st 2017, 12:05 AM 48,481 Views 72 Comments

TheJournal.ie has gained access to all public complaints to the Ceann Comhairle regarding the standard of dress in Dáil Éireann.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 7 May, 2017

'Undue fear and confusion': Read the emails Vertex sent to Department of Health about Orkambi
# Cystic Fibrosis
# Cystic Fibrosis

'Undue fear and confusion': Read the emails Vertex sent to Department of Health about Orkambi

May 7th 2017, 6:45 AM 11,907 Views 5 Comments

A deal on the cystic fibrosis drug was finally reached last month.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 10 April, 2017

'Urgent action is needed': Letters reveal shock at discovery of human remains at mother and baby home
# Tuam
# Tuam

'Urgent action is needed': Letters reveal shock at discovery of human remains at mother and baby home

Apr 10th 2017, 6:10 AM 21,373 Views 38 Comments

The Commission into Mother and Baby Homes wrote to Minister Katherine Zappone before the ‘very shocking’ news broke.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 9 April, 2017

Garda overtime rises massive 52% as pressure of battling Irish gangs takes its toll
# Cash Money
# Cash Money

Garda overtime rises massive 52% as pressure of battling Irish gangs takes its toll

Apr 9th 2017, 12:05 AM 17,279 Views 50 Comments

Overtime increased by a huge extent last year with an additional €23.5 million paid out to the force’s 28 regional divisions.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 6 March, 2017

Wild animals, including monkey called Stevie Wonder, escaped at Fota seven times in one year
# Signed Sealed Delivered
# Signed Sealed Delivered

Wild animals, including monkey called Stevie Wonder, escaped at Fota seven times in one year

Mar 6th 2017, 8:29 AM 16,257 Views 11 Comments

The animals were never in danger or a threat to any visitors, a spokesperson said.

# freedom-of-information - Thursday 2 March, 2017

The HSE has spent €3m upgrading its headquarters in the last five years
# Dr Steevens
# Dr Steevens

The HSE has spent €3m upgrading its headquarters in the last five years

Mar 2nd 2017, 12:01 AM 14,859 Views 24 Comments

This includes €1.3 million on basement refurbishment in 2016 and over €92,000 on canteen renovations in 2015.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 1 March, 2017

Gardaí spent €93,000 in five months on media training at the Communications Clinic
# For The Camera
# For The Camera

Gardaí spent €93,000 in five months on media training at the Communications Clinic

Mar 1st 2017, 12:05 AM 16,479 Views 45 Comments

All told the force has spent nearly €114,000 on media training in the past two-and-a-half-years.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 15 February, 2017

'Admin error' that led to McCabe allegations was not reported as HSE data protection breach
# Copy And Paste
# Copy And Paste

'Admin error' that led to McCabe allegations was not reported as HSE data protection breach

Feb 15th 2017, 1:18 PM 19,138 Views 53 Comments

Documents released under an FOI show that the incident wasn’t listed among 103 data protection breaches reported between April 2014 and April 2015.

# freedom-of-information - Monday 13 February, 2017

Fine Gael senator who got €30k after losing his Dáil seat has only repaid €2k
# Termination Payment
# Termination Payment

Fine Gael senator who got €30k after losing his Dáil seat has only repaid €2k

Feb 13th 2017, 6:10 AM 24,660 Views 28 Comments

Six members of the Dáil and Seanad received termination payments last year.

# freedom-of-information - Wednesday 25 January, 2017

Five people died in prison custody last year
# Inmates
# Inmates

Five people died in prison custody last year

Jan 25th 2017, 6:20 AM 5,840 Views 7 Comments

The cause of death in all five cases is yet to be determined.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 22 January, 2017

It has cost over €360,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims
# Donegal County Council
# Donegal County Council

It has cost over €360,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims

Jan 22nd 2017, 7:45 AM 22,020 Views 0 Comments

Sipo has ruled that Brian Ó Domhnaill contravened ethics legislation, something he has strongly denied.

# freedom-of-information - Sunday 1 January, 2017

From alleged aggression to dog allergies: Why people complain about taxi drivers
# National Transport Authority
# National Transport Authority

From alleged aggression to dog allergies: Why people complain about taxi drivers

Jan 1st 2017, 7:15 AM 12,490 Views 39 Comments

“The driver, to my surprise, took offence … saying that he didn’t need to take such abuse and he is not bringing me home but kicking me out.”

# freedom-of-information - Saturday 31 December, 2016

Here are the most common reasons people complain about taxis
# BEHAVIOUR AND FARES
# BEHAVIOUR AND FARES

Here are the most common reasons people complain about taxis

Dec 31st 2016, 7:15 AM 21,418 Views 56 Comments

Most of the complaint outcomes involved no further action as the complainant didn’t respond or there was no evidence of an offence.

# freedom-of-information - Friday 30 December, 2016

Inaccurate 'real time' information and food defrosting: Why people get angry at Bus Éireann
# Complaints
# Complaints

Inaccurate 'real time' information and food defrosting: Why people get angry at Bus Éireann

Dec 30th 2016, 10:15 PM 27,801 Views 47 Comments

One passenger described the ‘real time’ system as “more like random number generators as they are never accurate”.