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# midnight-must-read - Thursday 30 January, 2020

Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin have spent over €50k on Facebook adverts so far this campaign

The three main parties are way ahead in terms of spending on Facebook and Instagram since the campaign got under way.

# midnight-must-read - Tuesday 28 January, 2020

'It was most unlikely the girl’s injuries happened the way her parents alleged': How gardaí handled Ireland's first FGM trial

A married couple were yesterday given prison sentences after being convicted of allowing female genital mutilation to be carried out on their young daughter.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 25 January, 2020

How different are Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil really, based on their manifestos?

There are a lot of promises to the electorate over the 260+ combined pages in both manifestos.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 22 January, 2020

Here's how much the main political parties are spending on Facebook ads

Targeted Facebook ads allow political parties to select who they want to see the advert by age group, gender and where they live.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 13 January, 2020

Here's how many times motorists got caught speeding last year - and how many got disqualified

By far, the most common offence detected and which led to a driver being disqualified is speeding.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 12 January, 2020

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

There were 124 enforcement orders issued by the FSAI last year, an increase on the previous year.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 10 January, 2020

'It's heartbreaking': Concern for students amid fears UK will pull out of Erasmus programme post-Brexit

Thousands of students from all over Europe, including the Republic of Ireland, go to the UK as part of the programme each year, and vice versa.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 9 January, 2020

'Losing our measles-free status is a real threat': No drop off in measles rate after cases tripled in 2018

There were 80 reported measles cases in Ireland in 2019.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 8 January, 2020

Oireachtas spent over €207,000 on overseas travel in last 10 months

The cost includes more than €9,200 on business class flights to Paraguay for two senators.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 6 January, 2020

Motorist who got someone else to sit theory exam was caught after RSA staff recognised impersonator

The candidate was one of nine people who aroused suspicion during driver theory tests last year.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 4 January, 2020

'GHB is a killer, I know of eight men who died after taking it' Exclusive

Concerns have also been raised about people being sexually assaulted while taking drugs such as GHB.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 3 January, 2020

Nursing home complaints: Allegations of abusive staff and unexplained injuries

The allegations are contained in documents released to TheJournal.ie under the Freedom of Information Act.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 29 December, 2019

Dept said PSC staff would be ‘phased out’ this year. There’s still 80 employed

Unions had sought permanent contracts for some of these workers, but failed in a number of cases last year.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 28 December, 2019

Irish drivers had over 500,000 penalty points on their licences this year - here's a county-by-county breakdown

The highest number of points were in Dublin, with 106,545.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 26 December, 2019

HSE recruitment freeze: 'Do I need to go back to Australia where I am appreciated and snapped up?'

Irate healthcare workers have been contacting Minister Simon Harris all year about their fears over the ongoing recruitment embargo.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 25 December, 2019

'Being a carer, it's not like Christmas. It's groundhog day': The people who go to work on 25 December

The likes of carers, rescue volunteers and hospitality workers are among those who’ll be kept busy this Christmas Day.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 23 December, 2019

Personal injury claims have cost the State €2 billion this decade

The figures were released to Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath via parliamentary question.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 20 December, 2019

Gardaí self-reflection on failings wouldn't have happened five years ago, Policing Authority chair says

Josephine Feehily said yesterday that An Garda Síochána has evolved as an organisation since 2014.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 18 December, 2019

There are now seven counties in Ireland where the average monthly rent is over €1,000

Rents across the board have risen by 8.2% since last year, according to the Residential Tenancies Board.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 8 December, 2019

FactFind: How many homes is the Irish government actually building every year?

Eoghan Murphy says Rebuilding Ireland has delivered 64,000 places to live – but how many are new builds?

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 5 December, 2019

20 to 30 new schools to be built across country as government issues contract worth €700 million

A number of new school buildings in Dublin are included among the initial plans.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 29 November, 2019

The Oireachtas awarded another contract for printing worth €2 million this month

The amount spent by the Oireachtas on the controversial printing press is under the scrutiny of the Public Accounts Committee.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 28 November, 2019

Power failures and overheating cause long-term outages at Ireland's 'most important' weather radar

The Shannon Airport Rainfall Radar has been taken offline a number of times this year.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 27 November, 2019

'I'm sick of being railroaded': Angry scenes as locals meet to oppose State's largest homeless hostel

Avalon House in Dublin 2 is set to become a 150-bed homeless hostel in January.

# midnight-must-read - Tuesday 26 November, 2019

Extinction Rebellion: Parks chief was worried removal of Merrion Square camp would look 'aggressive'

The camp was set up by protesters during a week of demonstrations last month.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 23 November, 2019

Irish Water website crashed after boil water notice when just 5,000 people tried to log on

Irish Water said its site had “previously handled this volume of traffic during heavy public awareness campaigns”.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 21 November, 2019

Gardaí identify victim of Lucan murder as suspected Kinahan hitman Wayne Whelan

The man survived an attempt on his life earlier this year.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Taoiseach's newspapers and embassy catering: hundreds of State contracts awarded outside official guidelines

Millions has been spent on services procured on almost 350 occasions over a three-year period.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 10 November, 2019

Pulling mandatory PSC for passports had 'whole of government repercussions', civil servants warned

New documents have shown how the Passport Office considered its options before pulling the PSC as a mandatory requirement.

# midnight-must-read - Friday 8 November, 2019

If everyone with a TV paid their licence fee in 2018, RTÉ would have an extra €32 million

As RTÉ restructures its organisation with staff cuts and asset sales, there’s a new focus on Ireland’s high TV licence evasion rates.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 7 November, 2019

Number of cocaine treatment cases doubles in one year with economic recovery deemed as key factor

Cocaine is third on the list of most common drugs on the treatment list, but moving closer to cannabis.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 4 November, 2019

UK government to consult with churches over North's abortion law

Activists have warned the UK government that it has a legal obligation to limit the scope of conscientious objection.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 3 November, 2019

Anti-LGBT preacher banned from Ireland over 'abusive' views which were 'likely to stir up hatred'

Steven Anderson was the first person to be issued with an exclusion order preventing him from entering Ireland.

# midnight-must-read - Tuesday 29 October, 2019

Anti-smoking policy at two Dublin maternity hospitals being flouted by patients and visitors

In 2013, the Coombe, the Rotunda and the National Maternity Hospital became tobacco-free campuses.

# midnight-must-read - Monday 28 October, 2019

Civil servants plotting mobile phone 'facial recognition' to boost sign-ups for controversial MyGovId platform PSC

Civil servants plotting mobile phone 'facial recognition' to boost sign-ups for controversial MyGovId platform

You need a PSC to get a MyGovId, and senior civil servants have looking at expanding the services available on it.

# midnight-must-read - Saturday 26 October, 2019

Explainer: Here's what the revised BusConnects plan would mean for your bus route

The routes have been revised after the initial public consultation. Here’s what they look like.

# midnight-must-read - Wednesday 23 October, 2019

FactCheck: Nuala O'Loan corrects claim made on Morning Ireland that 90% of abortions a result of morning after pill

The former NI Police Ombudsman made the comments in a Morning Ireland interview yesterday.

# midnight-must-read - Tuesday 22 October, 2019

Explainer: Why can't same-sex couples in Northern Ireland get married until next year?

The first ceremonies could take place on the week of Valentine’s Day 2020.

# midnight-must-read - Sunday 20 October, 2019

Government officials clashed over roles on regulating children's access to porn after Ana Kriegel trial

Two departments claimed they weren’t responsible for monitoring the issue.

# midnight-must-read - Thursday 17 October, 2019

'It confirms our worst fears about privatisation': Half of Go-Ahead bus routes fail to meet punctuality targets

The British-owned firm began operating 24 routes in Ireland in September 2018.