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# Backsliding
Why is the EC releasing funds to Hungary and Poland in face of democracy threat?
Both countries have strongly denied allegations of corruption and judiciary interference, despite rulings from the ECJ and proceedings by EC.
# Analysis
Irish people largely support staying in EU - but many unsure how it works
Extensive survey by The Good Information Project / Ireland Thinks shows Fine Gael supporters most likely to be uncritical of EU.
Major survey finds older Irish people much more supportive of EU than those in other European states.
Number of Eurosceptics is small but many in general population worry about sovereignty and fisheries.
Generational gap on issues is wide as 65+ cohort worries about immigration and young about climate action.
# how it started
WATCH: Open Newsroom - Ireland and the EU after 50 years together
Watch our webinar on how Ireland found itself at the heart of the EU 50 years ago – and how it’s working for us now.
# EU say
The Big MEP Questionnaire: What do our Irish MEPs think of the EU?
The Good Information Project set each of our 13 MEPs five questions: here are their answers in full.
All 13 of our MEPs reveal their personal highs and lows of working within the European Parliament.
Frustrations include defence issues, pace of progress on climate, and feeling unheard by the Council and Commission.
Division among MEPs on whether the EU should have more power - or already has enough.
Priorities for next five years range from climate action to mental health to fostering EU businesses.
# Democracy
Does 'constructive Euroscepticism' have a place in the EU?
Eurosceptic rhetoric has softened in the wake of Brexit but still allows questions of a less-than-perfect system.
# Explainer
From candidate to Council: the long road ahead of Ukraine in the EU
Vote to make Ukraine an official candidate for the EU hailed as “defining moment” – but the journey has just begun.
# EU Quiz
QUIZ: How much do you know about the EU and European Parliament?
How much do ‘EU’ know?
# European Union
The Good Information Podcast: The EU and You - how can Irish citizens steer Europe's course?
Where is the EU leading us on climate and common defence?
# register
Open Newsroom Invitation: Ireland and The EU at 50 years
Join us at 1pm this Thursday to see how it started… and how it’s going.
# Electoral Reform
Voting for MEPs from other countries? It could be on the way
The proposal would see Ireland retain its 13 MEP seats – but also vote for MEPs in a new pan-European constituency.
# The Journal Live
Watch our LIVE event: The EU and You - how young Irish people can prosper as citizens of Europe
Our youth audience heard from MEPs and European expert on how they work – and challenged them on how EU should tackle issues such as climate change.
Voices
Opinion: EU moves to tackle food insecurity cannot be at the expense of others
Ukraine conflict has exacerbated Covid disruptions and rising costs of energy and fertilisers – and not just in the EU.
# The Change
Menopause in Ireland: "One of the things people say after treatment is, ‘Oh my God, I got myself back”
After decades in the shadows, the menopause is finally starting to get the attention it merits.
# tgip-podcast
The Good Information Podcast: What will the new working week look like?
Covid transformed Ireland’s working culture. The Good Information Podcast can tell you what that means for you.
# the good information project
"Our current approach is insufficient" - The fight against foreign interference in Europe's institutions
The EU has spent 18 months looking into how malicious foreign actors are manipulating public debate. It has plans for how to stop them – but will they work?
# fiontar
From love-bombing to Covid-19, how Irish words are made and published
And how you can suggest one yourself, too.
# ni thuigim
Siri can't speak Irish: Tackling the digital gaps for the Irish language
Irish researchers are working with colleagues across the EU to tackle language inequality for minority languages online.
# polish in ireland
The major minority: protecting the Polish language for a new Irish generation
Polish community activists tell The Good Information Project that language can be a barrier for many of the 125,000-strong population here.
# na meáin shóisialta
Like, follow, share: the social media stars making Irish shine
Young Irish speakers are engaging a whole new audience with the language online.
# Engage
Sign up to The Good Information Project newsletter
Our 18-month project dives deep into the issues that affect Irish citizens and our place in the EU.
# good information
Is the metaverse the internet of the future? Or 'an old idea that's never worked'?
“The world will see the metaverse for what it is: mostly lame,” says one critic.
# good information
Open Newsroom invitation: The New Digital Age - are we ready for it?
Join our expert panel at lunchtime this Wednesday to discuss the drive for digital across everything from employment to education.
# the good information project
Open Thread: How would you 'fix' the internet?
This month The Good Information Project looks at tech and the new digital age. We want to know how the internet could be ‘fixed’ to improve quality of life in Ireland.
# TGIP
Quotas, campaigns and new legislation - what's next for gender equality in Ireland?
The Good Information Project has spent the last four weeks focusing on work in Ireland and the EU to bring us closer to gender equality.
# herstory
Elizabeth, Julia, Rosie: Rewriting the women erased from Irish history
The Good Information Project finds we have to look back in order to move forward in gender equality.
# Gender Equality
Explainer: What would Fine Gael's proposed gender quotas on boards actually do for business?
Some experts say that its success in addressing wider gender imbalances in business may be limited.
# the good information project
Quiz: How much do you know about gender equality in Ireland?
We’ve spent the last month looking at the progress being made – and the work left to be done.
Voices
Jan O'Sullivan: Decisions in the Dáil affect us all, which is why it needs more women
Quotas alone will not bring about equality of representation writes former Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there be a network of State-run childcare centres?
The need for affordable childcare has consistently been highlighted as an issue for working parents.
# the good information project
Open Newsroom: Gender equality, Ireland, the EU and you
The Good Information Project’s lunchtime webinar looks at a challenges and solutions to issues such as childcare systems, representation of women in politics, and tackling gendered violence.
# good information
'I wasn't prepared for this': Experts say online abuse against women increased during pandemic
The movement online led to the emergence of new tools being used to target women.
Recent research pointed to higher levels of abuse towards female politicians in Ireland compared to their male counterparts, Michelle Hennessy reports.
One local councillor shared her experience of receiving inappropriate messages from a man on Facebook.
Research shows these types of negative online experiences lead to self-censoring by women.
Just one in five people in Ireland believe women are treated equally in the home
Are we there yet? The Good Information Project focuses on gender equality
All time
# climate action
‘A cold lesson for farmers’: Panelists say agriculture must lower emissions but sector needs support
The Journal hosted a panel in Athlone this evening to discuss COP26 and Ireland’s role in climate action.
# splitting the atom
Ireland split on whether to build a nuclear power station for clean energy
In a trade-off between tackling climate change and economic growth, more people would prioritise solving the climate crisis.
# ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
Majority of us have made personal changes for the climate, but not as many are confident it's enough
Across the political spectrum, only Fine Gael voters place more responsibility on individuals than on governments to tackle the climate crisis.
THE MORNING LEAD
Young people have little faith in the government on climate, poll finds
A report by
Lauren Boland
Polling by Ireland Thinks has delved into the country’s views on climate policies, actions, and where responsibility for creating change lies.
Only one-third of people in Ireland - and just 11% of young adults - think the government is doing enough on climate, Lauren Boland reports.
Polling by Ireland Thinks has delved into the country's views on climate policies, actions, and where responsibility for creating change lies.
Green Party voters are overwhelmingly unsatisfied - 95% said the government, which their party is in, is not doing enough on climate.
World faces growing threat of 'unbearable' heatwaves, experts warn
'Both challenging and not ambitious enough': Why the carbon budgets are a huge deal for Ireland
# Climate Change
Is it possible to do a Covid-like count of deaths due to climate change? 'It's very, very difficult'
There were a total of 71 Irish deaths from “extreme weather” between 1980 and 2019 — out of 85,000 across the EU.
A Covid-like count of deaths due to climate change is 'the holy grail' - but 'very, very difficult' to do
There were 71 deaths in Ireland from “extreme weather” between 1980 and 2019
Ireland is extremely unlikely to see deaths due to extreme heat, reports CJ McKinney
# Quiz
Quiz: How much do you know about public transport?
The Good Information Project spent this month looking at public transport – so what did you learn?
# Public Transport
'This isn't about how can we get lots of EU money, it's how can we work with Europe to deliver A and B?'
The era of the EU spending billions on Irish roads is over – instead, the focus is on a standardised Europe-wide transport network.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you feel safe on public transport?
Security officers on the Luas are temporarily increasing after a report found many women feel unsafe on public transport.
# the good information project
Are people actually leaving Dublin now that they can work remotely?
Estate agents are reporting an increased interest from Dublin dwellers looking to move out of the capital.