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# INspections

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2022
# Bullying
National bullying database to be set up under new 'landmark' action plan
This is the first time the Department of Education has updated its bullying action plan since 2013.
# INspections
Mental health services watchdog finds fire risks at Dublin and Limerick inpatient centres
One centre failed to improve its overall compliance over a five-year period.
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# Cork
Mental Health services watchdog identifies 'significant risks' at two Cork inpatient centres
The Mental Health Commission carried out inspections at the two facilities.
# INspections
Sensitive patient records were left exposed on wards at mental health facility in Dublin, report finds
Two residents’ clinical files were left on the nurses’ station unattended and a filing cabinet was left unlocked.
# Outbreak
Varadkar: 'If public health teams recommend that a meat plant should close, it should close. Full stop'
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said meat barons are playing with people’s lives.
# Testing
Donnelly agrees there should be reform in workplace practices after latest outbreaks in Kildare, Laois and Offaly
The meat industry today said there have been a high proportion of asymptomatic positive cases among workers.
# INspections
'Mould, fire hazards and damp' identified at Direct Provision centres as new Minister aims for independent inspections
No inspections of centres have taken place since late March due to Covid-19.
# INspections
Zero notices issued to employers following 800 back-to-work Covid-19 checks
Labour TD Ged Nash expressed concern about the figures this afternoon.
# INspections
A €20m budget and just 67 field inspectors: Is the HSA up to the task of policing the Covid reopening?
Success in re-opening in Ireland is relying on community transmission of Covid-19 not to rise sharply again.
# Mental Health Commission
'Unacceptable': Mental health centres providing care for vulnerable people allowed to operate without regulations
The Mental Health Commission found there were continuing breaches of human rights in many centres.
# stewarts care
More improvements needed at Stewarts Care, health watchdog finds
Hiqa published an overview of the inspection and monitoring activity of eight care centres.
# INspections
Aer Lingus 'dismayed' at 'small subset' of staff who do not behave in an exemplary manner
SIPTU is to contact Aer Lingus over roll-out of CCTV in staff areas due to missing stock.
# Social Welfare
Over 1,000 inspections carried out by Welfare to detect 'bogus self employment'
More inspections are to be carried out in the near future.
# INspections
No door locks and 'risk of abuse': Serious concerns with many 24-hour mental health homes
Residents were unable to lock their bedroom doors in 77% of the 43 inspections.
# HIQA
Disability centre fails inspection despite closure threat
Stewart Care Limited provides residential centres for people with disabilities.
# HIQA
'Deeply concerning': Foster services criticised over lack of garda vetting and shortfall in carers
The Health Information and Quality Authority released three inspection reports of foster care services in Ireland.
# Pay Up
There has been a jump in the number of people buying a TV licence in the last year
The jump in the figures over the last year is largely attributed to the public awareness campaign rolled out by the Department of Communications.
# crisis
Over 200 inspections at homeless hotels and B&Bs following complaints
Homeless services say the inspections are welcome, but the government’s main focus should be on ensuring families are not living long-term in hotels and B&Bs.
# working 9 to 5
Failure to pay holiday pay and the minimum wage: 83 businesses brought to court this year over employment breaches
The majority of the prosecutions above relate to businesses in the food and drink sector.
# Safety
Watchdog to target discount and hardware stores for banned hazardous chemicals
The Health and Safety Authority has today launched a nationwide inspection campaign.
# Kildare
Residents at disability centre spat at and under constant threat of aggression
An inspection from Hiqa found a number of issues at Broadleaf Manor in Kildare.
# deep clean needed
Cockroaches, raw sewage, and a live rodent - here's why Irish food businesses were shut down in 2016
62 Irish restaurants and takeaways were shut last year for an awful lot of different reasons.
# do more with less
'Shocking and dangerous': HSA funding for workplace safety initiatives cut by almost a half
The number of inspections carried out by the HSA have taken a sharp decline in recent years.
# HIQA
HSE steps in after serious safety concerns for more than 40 people with autism
It follows Hiqa inspections at centres in Meath, Wexford and Kildare.
# serious issue
Rent in Dublin? Huge increase in amount of work needed in rented properties
One councillor said people are putting up with sub-standard conditions just to have a roof over their heads.
# INspections
Some Irish hospitals could stand to be a lot cleaner...
Health watchdog HIQA has released details of six unannounced inspections at hospitals around the country.
# INspections
Thousands of rentals in Dublin aren't good enough to pass council inspections
Out of the 5,984 rentals inspected, 5,228 were served with enforcement notices.
# Mental Health
Woman placed in male dormitory at psychiatric hospital
The breach in recommended practice took place at a hospital in Laois.
# Disability Services
Meal times at intellectual disability centre "distressing" report found
A subsequent report showed a major improvement.
# Care
Inspections on children's disability services finds majority provide good quality care
Non compliance was found in some areas relating to hazard identification and risk assessment.
# Vision for Change
Mental health services still show signs of 'institutional care'
The Inspectorate of Mental Health Services found some of the hostels “too big”.
# Crimea
Gunfire keeps monitors from Crimea as Russia ups threats
The OSCE said earlier today that its monitors would try again to enter the Ukrainian region of Crimea.
# INspections
Windows in rented accommodation are not inspected for safety
The Dublin City Coroner has called for mandatory safety catches, but local authorities don’t inspect windows, it has been revealed.
# weapons inspections
Syria hands over detailed plan to destroy chemical weapons on time
Damascus was required to submit the destruction plan under a US-Russian deal agreed last month.
# HIQA
HSE to close children's unit following inspection
A report by HIQA found that a Monaghan care unit did not have adequate fire safety procedures in place, leading to a decision to close it.
# HIQA inspections
Maternity unit and patient equipment at Tipperary hospital are unclean
The Health Information and Quality Authority has carried out inspections on five hospitals with South Tipperary General Hospital coming in for particularly strong criticism.
# INspections
Minister to be quizzed on childcare concerns
Also attending the meeting will be the CEO of the Child and Family Support Agency and representatives from Early Childhood Ireland.
# Health
Uncleanliness led to serious risks for patients at Sligo Hospital
HIQA inspectors identified a number of specific issues that present “immediate serious risks” to patients.
# Child Protection
New child protection inspections to bring Ireland in line with international standards
The inspections will see the State’s children and families services subject to independent inspection and monitoring for the first time.
# septic tanks
Ireland still paying €12k-a-day fine for septic tank compliance failure
Environment Minister Phil Hogan had vowed to wrap up EPA inspections – needed for the daily fines to stop – before end of last month but deadline has not been met.