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# midnight-must-read - Thursday 29 April, 2021

'We have to let people know what they're missing': The man tasked with getting Dubliners back to their city
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

'We have to let people know what they're missing': The man tasked with getting Dubliners back to their city

Apr 29th 2021, 12:05 AM 20,840 Views 27 Comments
  • Dublin city has been shaken by the pandemic but the man in charge of its recovery is hopeful for its future, writes Sean Murray.
  • In the short term, it'll mean more pedestrianised streets and outdoor dining this summer.
  • Greater appreciation and use of the public realm may be a welcome legacy of the pandemic, according to the council official.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 19 April, 2021

'We are not at that point yet' - but when is a return to the office likely to happen?
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

'We are not at that point yet' - but when is a return to the office likely to happen?

Updated Apr 19th 2021, 6:45 AM 38,948 Views 29 Comments

Whether or not you’ll be asked to return to the office – and how often – will likely vary from company to company.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 11 April, 2021

'Enough is enough now - I need my passport back': Months of frustration as Passport Office backlog stands at 83,000
# Level 5
# Level 5

'Enough is enough now - I need my passport back': Months of frustration as Passport Office backlog stands at 83,000

Apr 11th 2021, 12:05 AM 110,649 Views 95 Comments

Applicants who submitted documents as far back as November and December are still waiting to get them back.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 10 April, 2021

'Good men need to speak up': Call for GAA officials to stop giving character references in rape trials
# Kerry
# Kerry

'Good men need to speak up': Call for GAA officials to stop giving character references in rape trials

Apr 10th 2021, 12:05 AM 57,357 Views 0 Comments

Justice Minister Helen McEntee has written to the victim in the Conor Quaid trail but cannot meet her as an appeal has been lodged.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 9 April, 2021

Four Government ministers among 65 TDs whose details are contained in leaked Facebook database
# DATA LEAK
# DATA LEAK

Four Government ministers among 65 TDs whose details are contained in leaked Facebook database

Apr 9th 2021, 12:05 AM 71,670 Views 43 Comments

More than 1.5 million Irish users have been affected by the breach.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 7 April, 2021

Hotel quarantine: Why is Austria on Ireland's list of 'designated countries' but not France and Germany?
# Oh Vienna
# Oh Vienna

Hotel quarantine: Why is Austria on Ireland's list of 'designated countries' but not France and Germany?

Apr 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 55,575 Views 62 Comments

Officials want to add 17 EU countries to the list.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 1 April, 2021

Irish consumer spending approaching pre-Covid levels as path to recovery becomes clearer
# Central Bank
# Central Bank

Irish consumer spending approaching pre-Covid levels as path to recovery becomes clearer

Apr 1st 2021, 12:05 AM 25,319 Views 33 Comments

However, the outlook remains ‘uncertain’ and unemployment will remain high into 2022.

# midnight-must-read - Tuesday 30 March, 2021

Facebook 'concerned' over plans to regulate online political advertising in Ireland
# Social Media
# Social Media

Facebook 'concerned' over plans to regulate online political advertising in Ireland

Mar 30th 2021, 12:05 AM 13,025 Views 24 Comments

An Oireachtas committee will hear submissions from Facebook and Twitter today on the proposed Electoral Reform Bill.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 22 March, 2021

Some houses selling for €120,000 above asking price as virtual viewings become the norm during pandemic
# Bidding Wars
# Bidding Wars

Some houses selling for €120,000 above asking price as virtual viewings become the norm during pandemic

Mar 22nd 2021, 12:05 AM 91,329 Views 92 Comments

Home-buyers have raised concerns about the impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on house prices.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 19 March, 2021

The EMA has declared the AstraZeneca vaccine safe to use - here's what happens next
# Next Steps
# Next Steps

The EMA has declared the AstraZeneca vaccine safe to use - here's what happens next

Mar 19th 2021, 12:05 AM 16,503 Views 44 Comments

Dr Ronan Glynn has said it is expected a further update on the resumption of the use of AstraZeneca will be made today.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 18 March, 2021

Parents with young kids are spending more during lockdown, bucking savings trend
# Red C The Journal Poll
# Red C The Journal Poll

Parents with young kids are spending more during lockdown, bucking savings trend

Mar 18th 2021, 12:05 AM 33,236 Views 19 Comments

Raising the threat of further house price inflation,18-34-year-olds say they have been the best savers.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 12 March, 2021

'My face turned white. And here we are, a year on': The workers still waiting to go back, 12 months later
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'My face turned white. And here we are, a year on': The workers still waiting to go back, 12 months later

Mar 12th 2021, 12:05 AM 50,991 Views 34 Comments
  • It's been a year since the Taoiseach's speech from Washington
  • Pubs shut a few days later, and many have remained closed for the past 12 months
  • Workers in the most affected industries are hoping for brighter days ahead, but are realistic about short-term prospects

# midnight-must-read - Tuesday 9 March, 2021

Paul Reid says Ireland is 'coming out of very challenging period' but is 'not out of the woods yet'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Paul Reid says Ireland is 'coming out of very challenging period' but is 'not out of the woods yet'

Mar 9th 2021, 12:05 AM 27,431 Views 54 Comments

The HSE CEO is due to tell the Oireachtas Health Committee that all major indicators of Covid-19 are now trending downwards.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 6 March, 2021

More Covid restrictions or a faster return to normal? How the Irish public feels about public health rules
# Opinion Poll
# Opinion Poll

More Covid restrictions or a faster return to normal? How the Irish public feels about public health rules

Mar 6th 2021, 12:05 AM 62,799 Views 69 Comments

Amárach Research gives a glimpse into how people currently feel about restrictions.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 5 March, 2021

Passport Office unable to say when people who sent their passport in pre-lockdown will get it back
# Level 5
# Level 5

Passport Office unable to say when people who sent their passport in pre-lockdown will get it back

Mar 5th 2021, 12:05 AM 74,056 Views 97 Comments

The Passport Office has said it won’t resume normal service until the end of Level 5 restrictions.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 3 March, 2021

Adrenochrome: why was a QAnon conspiracy drug name-checked at Dublin's anti-lockdown protest?
# Adrenochrome
# Adrenochrome

Adrenochrome: why was a QAnon conspiracy drug name-checked at Dublin's anti-lockdown protest?

Mar 3rd 2021, 12:05 AM 57,171 Views 0 Comments

A false claim involving the chemical, RTÉ and dead infants was made at Saturday’s protest.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 24 February, 2021

Gardaí investigating if school withheld information about alleged sexual assault of student
# Evidence
# Evidence

Gardaí investigating if school withheld information about alleged sexual assault of student

Feb 24th 2021, 12:05 AM 75,304 Views 0 Comments

It is understood that a separate GSOC investigation is also being carried out.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 18 February, 2021

HSE boss told NPHET member he was at 'wits end' over post-Christmas Covid computer glitch
# Does Not Compute
# Does Not Compute

HSE boss told NPHET member he was at 'wits end' over post-Christmas Covid computer glitch

Feb 18th 2021, 12:05 AM 60,622 Views 69 Comments

Ireland was likely experiencing record numbers of Covid-19 cases earlier than officially reported.

# midnight-must-read - Tuesday 16 February, 2021

Stardust: Government urged to solve legal aid logjam that is delaying start of inquests
# Stardust Fire
# Stardust Fire

Stardust: Government urged to solve legal aid logjam that is delaying start of inquests

Feb 16th 2021, 12:05 AM 10,205 Views 14 Comments

Opposition parties have urged the Taoiseach and the government to prevent any further delay right after the 40th anniversary of the disaster.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 13 February, 2021

Stardust 40th anniversary: 'I remember what I did after my brother's funeral. I went to another funeral'
# Stardust Fire
# Stardust Fire

Stardust 40th anniversary: 'I remember what I did after my brother's funeral. I went to another funeral'

Feb 13th 2021, 12:05 AM 44,294 Views 16 Comments

In the early hours of Valentine’s day 40 years ago, there was a fire in the Stardust club in north Dublin.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 11 February, 2021

Snow, sleet and strong winds: What you need to know as the cold snap bites
# Frosty
# Frosty

Snow, sleet and strong winds: What you need to know as the cold snap bites

Updated Feb 11th 2021, 11:01 AM 69,415 Views 30 Comments

A Status Yellow snow/ice warning is in place for most of the country today.

# midnight-must-read - Tuesday 9 February, 2021

'A nun poured urine on my head because I snored': Survivors contact DPC and gardaí over destruction of testimony
# Institutional Abuse
# Institutional Abuse

'A nun poured urine on my head because I snored': Survivors contact DPC and gardaí over destruction of testimony

Updated Feb 9th 2021, 12:05 AM 57,464 Views 0 Comments

People who spent time in Mother and Baby Homes and County Homes say they have been “re-traumatised” by recent developments.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 8 February, 2021

'I put an 11-week-old fetus into a little coffin': Student nurses to the Taoiseach in their own words
# Student Nurses
# Student Nurses

'I put an 11-week-old fetus into a little coffin': Student nurses to the Taoiseach in their own words

Feb 8th 2021, 12:05 AM 59,758 Views 37 Comments

A number of nurses contacted Micheál Martin following a Dáil debate over pay in December

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 6 February, 2021

GPs say they are ready to vaccinate over 85s as first doses set to arrive on Monday week
# Vaccines
# Vaccines

GPs say they are ready to vaccinate over 85s as first doses set to arrive on Monday week

Updated Feb 6th 2021, 8:19 AM 47,257 Views 74 Comments

The vast majority of people over 70 will receive their vaccine at a GP surgery.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 3 February, 2021

Hundreds of tenants in rent arrears sent removal notices before Christmas despite Covid-19 eviction ban
# Housing
# Housing

Hundreds of tenants in rent arrears sent removal notices before Christmas despite Covid-19 eviction ban

Feb 3rd 2021, 12:05 AM 30,683 Views 50 Comments

An eviction ban for those in arrears has been in place across the country since late October,

# midnight-must-read - Tuesday 2 February, 2021

Misleading videos of 'empty' hospitals being shared on social media are putting extra strain on health service, say hospitals
# False News
# False News

Misleading videos of 'empty' hospitals being shared on social media are putting extra strain on health service, say hospitals

Feb 2nd 2021, 12:05 AM 70,409 Views 86 Comments

Footage shared online of hospitals that appear “empty” have falsely claimed that hospitals are lying about being under pressure.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 1 February, 2021

'I had to tell them their baby was dead': Student nurses to Stephen Donnelly in their own words
# Student Nurses
# Student Nurses

'I had to tell them their baby was dead': Student nurses to Stephen Donnelly in their own words

Feb 1st 2021, 12:05 AM 101,540 Views 52 Comments

A number of nurses contacted the Health Minister following a Dáil debate over pay in December.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 30 January, 2021

'We were unable to visit her or to say goodbye': The people behind the Covid death toll
# Bereavement
# Bereavement

'We were unable to visit her or to say goodbye': The people behind the Covid death toll

Jan 30th 2021, 12:05 AM 44,313 Views 14 Comments

As Ireland’s Covid-19 death toll surpasses 3,000, we speak to some of the families behind the figures.

# midnight-must-read - Tuesday 26 January, 2021

Government hoping for things to be 'much better' from April - but no large gigs on the cards this summer
# 2021
# 2021

Government hoping for things to be 'much better' from April - but no large gigs on the cards this summer

Jan 26th 2021, 12:05 AM 82,066 Views 105 Comments

In terms of concerts or large outdoor events in the summer, one government source said “no chance”.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 24 January, 2021

RSA confirms plans to allow you sit your car theory test online within a 'number of months'
# BACKLOG
# BACKLOG

RSA confirms plans to allow you sit your car theory test online within a 'number of months'

Jan 24th 2021, 12:05 AM 56,820 Views 30 Comments

A minister has said that the pandemic has had a “profound effect” on theory testing services leading to a large backlog.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 21 January, 2021

Factfind: What advice did NPHET give to Government around the closure of schools?
# Factfind
# Factfind

Factfind: What advice did NPHET give to Government around the closure of schools?

Jan 21st 2021, 12:05 AM 49,514 Views 0 Comments

Debate about the safety of schools in relation to Covid-19 is ongoing.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 20 January, 2021

When does it start? Is it on TV? Will there be music? Everything you need to know about the US inauguration
# Biden Time
# Biden Time

When does it start? Is it on TV? Will there be music? Everything you need to know about the US inauguration

Jan 20th 2021, 12:05 AM 52,926 Views 18 Comments

Joe Biden will be officially sworn-in as the 46th president of the United States today.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 18 January, 2021

Here's where the dirtiest restaurants and takeaways were in Ireland in 2020
# Food Safety Authority
# Food Safety Authority

Here's where the dirtiest restaurants and takeaways were in Ireland in 2020

Jan 18th 2021, 12:05 AM 233,616 Views 31 Comments

The FSAI issued less than half of the enforcement orders last year that it issued in 2019.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 17 January, 2021

'We can't just say it's too difficult': Could criminal investigations into Ireland's mother and baby homes happen?
# Legal Questions
# Legal Questions

'We can't just say it's too difficult': Could criminal investigations into Ireland's mother and baby homes happen?

Jan 17th 2021, 12:05 AM 24,692 Views 43 Comments

There have been calls for investigations following the publication of a long-awaited report this week.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 14 January, 2021

Factfind: Did the government actually follow NPHET's advice heading into December?
# Advice
# Advice

Factfind: Did the government actually follow NPHET's advice heading into December?

Jan 14th 2021, 12:05 AM 58,505 Views 0 Comments

This week, Health Mininister Stephen Donnelly denied the government had gone against public health advice.

# midnight-must-read - Tuesday 12 January, 2021

'Accept responsibility and we might accept your apology': Survivors brace themselves for mother and baby home report
# Mary Harney
# Mary Harney

'Accept responsibility and we might accept your apology': Survivors brace themselves for mother and baby home report

Jan 12th 2021, 12:05 AM 27,101 Views 48 Comments

The long-awaited report will be published today – and survivors want “urgent” action on foot of it.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 11 January, 2021

How a 'surprising' lack of burial records impacted the work of the mother and baby home commission
# Bessborough
# Bessborough

How a 'surprising' lack of burial records impacted the work of the mother and baby home commission

Jan 11th 2021, 12:05 AM 21,175 Views 29 Comments

Ahead of the commission’s final report being published tomorrow, we’re taking a look back at its interim reports.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 10 January, 2021

'It won't be easy to control': How two new Covid-19 variants could wreak havoc on Ireland's virus response
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'It won't be easy to control': How two new Covid-19 variants could wreak havoc on Ireland's virus response

Jan 10th 2021, 12:05 AM 94,709 Views 69 Comments

The UK and South African variants have been recently confirmed in Ireland.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 9 January, 2021

Q&A: The vaccine rollout has begun - we've been putting your latest questions to the experts
# Reader Questions
# Reader Questions

Q&A: The vaccine rollout has begun - we've been putting your latest questions to the experts

Jan 9th 2021, 12:05 AM 61,333 Views 45 Comments

Thousands of people have been given their first jab – and the programme will be ramped up in the coming months.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 31 December, 2020

90% of Irish motorists disqualified by a court in 2020 have not surrendered their licences
# Road Safety
# Road Safety

90% of Irish motorists disqualified by a court in 2020 have not surrendered their licences

Dec 31st 2020, 12:05 AM 28,496 Views 37 Comments

The figure was revealed in response to a Parliamentary Question last month.

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