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# Freedom of Information

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Bed bugs, used needles and rat droppings - life inside homeless accommodation
New documents detail the issues facing people living in homeless emergency accommodation.
During the drought, some areas were losing half of their water supply because of leaks
While the country faced water restrictions, 50% of water was leaking in some Irish Water schemes.
Dozens of 'non-existent' emails between former Minister for Justice and PR firm discovered
Communications to and from Terry Prone’s PR company were discovered following an FOI request by transparency group Right to Know.
Multiple allegations of assaults on residents of Irish disability services
The allegations are contained in documents released to under the Freedom of Information Act.
Adoption scandal: Officials questioned whether telling those affected would 'do more harm than good'
There may be more people than the 126 identified so far caught up in the St Patrick’s Guild adoption scandal.
'The deeper I go, the more concern I have' - Department of Transport worried over 'exposure' due to mandatory PSC
New documents show the department was concerned with the fallout from Shane Ross bringing a stop to efforts to make a PSC mandatory when applying for a driver’s licence.
Politicians made nearly 5,000 representations to the Passport Office on behalf of their constituents
Five TDs – including a minister – made over 100 representations to the Passport Office on behalf of individuals in the last two years.
At least €2 million ploughed into PSC / driving licence project - before Shane Ross pulled the plug because it wasn't legal
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.
US hospital tried to speak to the Children's Hospital Group before launch of abandoned Phoenix name
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.
Cork hospital spends €30k on pest control after rodents were found in sink
Pest control companies attended the hospital more than 120 times last year.
'Laughable', 'a joke', 'cynical', 'opportunistic' - Zappone brought to task by parents over childcare fees crisis
The introduction of a universal subsidy for childcare in September saw many creches across the country raise their fees at the same time.
'It's a TRACKING app, where did those four minutes go?': Complaints made about Dublin Bus
Some people took issue with proposed changes to public transport in the capital, while others complained about alleged dangerous driving.
Assault, theft and drunk and disorderly: 1,762 Irish people arrested by Met Police this year
Some 62 people were arrested for being drunk and disorderly, one was arrested for being drunk and in charge of a child under seven.
Read the emails sent to Leo in his first month as Taoiseach
People wanted to talk to Varadkar about the Pride Parade, the Eighth Amendment and the cost of rent.
'My seven-year-old daughter shed a tear': Enda Kenny received a lot of well wishes when he stepped down
Although one critic wrote: “Thank God you’re finally off … back to the bog you came from.”
Trump and Prince Charles got the most expensive gifts from the Taoiseach this year
Justin Trudeau got socks from Leo Varadkar (of course), among other presents.
'The minister is talking about the Man United game instead of the rail strike'
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
Gardaí spent €107 million on overtime so far this year with one garda earning €68,641 in overtime alone.
'When are you going to bring in the army to drive the buses?': Complaints made during Bus Éireann strike
Commuters were affected by three weeks of industrial action earlier this year.
Multiple allegations of sexual and physical abuse against disability care staff
The concerns are all raised in documents released by Hiqa (the Health and Quality Authority) to under the Freedom of Information Act.
Woman has request to see changes made to her own data refused as database 'is blanked every two weeks'
The woman had requested access to her own citizen’s data file under freedom of information.
'If you post one out I'll cut it up and send it back': The PSC has people both enraged and deeply confused
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).
Nama employee: 'The request is from Mick Wallace so trying to close off angles of attack in advance'
Wallace has hit out at Nama for its lack of transparency and said the Freedom of Information Act has serious problems.
Behaviour of staff top reason for complaints about maternity services at Portlaoise
Half of the complaints were about staff behaviour and three were about the care received.
HSE spent almost €300k burying people who were homeless or had no known family
The money was spent over the last three years.
'In danger of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory': How tension built ahead of Orkambi deal
HSE and Vertex employees were working long hours behind the scenes to secure the historic agreement.
Garda overtime bill soars to €60.5 million for first six months of 2017
That means it has grown by 57% for January to June compared to the same period last year.
€4.4 million paid out to staff of TDs who left Leinster House following the last election
199 former staff shared in the redundancy payouts, with eight ex-employees receiving packages worth more than €100,000 apiece.
Cockroaches, mould and chronic drug abuse in front of children - life in homeless accommodation
New documents detail the issues facing people living in homeless emergency accommodation.
HSE misallocated latest request from sexual abuse survivor whose claims it lost for 3 years
The HSE’s dealings with ‘Mary’ has seen it issue her with a number of apologies since 2010.
Dept had concerns over calling people 'cheats' in controversial welfare ad campaign
Newly-released FOI documents show that the Department had considered changing the title to something less forceful.
Concerns raised that private health insurance patients are being 'bullied' by hospitals
RTÉ’s This Week reported concerns around bullying of private health insurance holders.
'Like he slept in his clothes for a week' - no punches pulled in Dáil dress code complaints has gained access to all public complaints to the Ceann Comhairle regarding the standard of dress in Dáil Éireann.
'Undue fear and confusion': Read the emails Vertex sent to Department of Health about Orkambi
A deal on the cystic fibrosis drug was finally reached last month.
'Urgent action is needed': Letters reveal shock at discovery of human remains at mother and baby home
The Commission into Mother and Baby Homes wrote to Minister Katherine Zappone before the ‘very shocking’ news broke.
Garda overtime rises massive 52% as pressure of battling Irish gangs takes its toll
Overtime increased by a huge extent last year with an additional €23.5 million paid out to the force’s 28 regional divisions.
Wild animals, including monkey called Stevie Wonder, escaped at Fota seven times in one year
The animals were never in danger or a threat to any visitors, a spokesperson said.
The HSE has spent €3m upgrading its headquarters in the last five years
This includes €1.3 million on basement refurbishment in 2016 and over €92,000 on canteen renovations in 2015.
Gardaí spent €93,000 in five months on media training at the Communications Clinic
All told the force has spent nearly €114,000 on media training in the past two-and-a-half-years.
'Admin error' that led to McCabe allegations was not reported as HSE data protection breach
Documents released under an FOI show that the incident wasn’t listed among 103 data protection breaches reported between April 2014 and April 2015.