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# Emma deSouza
Court case begins on whether the North's citizens can self-identify as Irish
Emma DeSouza has won three court cases against the UK’s Home Office, which has argued that she is a British citizen.
# subset
'It's about freedom of expression': Inside the battle between planners and Irish street artists
Many have expressed frustration at the use of planning laws to remove street murals in recent weeks.
# Gemma O'Doherty
'This has gone on for too long': Gardaí and Dublin City Council in dispute over policing of Google protests
Internal correspondence shows how gardaí and DCC disagreed over the management of the protests.
# off the rails
Topless teens, sexual harassment and aerosol flamethrowers: Dart users' complaints to Irish Rail
A new text alert system for complaining about anti-social behaviour on the service was launched this month.
# Vaccine
Four European countries lose measles-free status as number of cases skyrockets
There are fears that Ireland’s status could also be at risk.
# Data Protection
'This is f***ing insane': OPW staff emails show tensions over decision to ban visitor books from sites
The books were banned from sites such as Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol over data privacy concerns.
# Allegations
Nursing home complaints: Allegations of sexual assault and unexplained injuries
The allegations are contained in documents released to under the Freedom of Information Act.
# Vaccine
'It's a big threat': Fears Ireland could lose its measles-free status
The UK has lost its measles-free status and, after a spike in cases here, there are concerns Ireland could end up in the same position.
# deep retrofit scheme
Minister told Dáil that home retrofit scheme had €6 million left. Seven weeks later, it closed down.
Contractors who worked in providing them have said the pulling of the scheme is a “massive slap in the face”.
# HPV vaccine
Explainer: The HPV vaccine is free for boys from next month - here's why that's important
Over 500 cases of cancer associated with the HPV infection are diagnosed every year in Ireland.
# Right to Know
Revealed: How Michael D Higgins and Mary McAleese used government jet service hundreds of times
Information about the presidents’ use of the service can be revealed for the first time following a landmark ruling this year.
# Hyde and Seek
Hyde & Seek creche owner ordered to pay damages over standard of rental accommodation in 2013
Anne Davy featured in an RTÉ Investigates documentary into childcare this week.
# Creches
Planning authority raised concerns about fire evacuation at Hyde & Seek creche before its construction
A number of fire safety issues at the creche chain were raised during an RTÉ documentary last night.
# Childcare
Loose blind cords and faecal matter in cots: Details of Tusla inspections of Hyde & Seek creches emerge
The reports for the various creches identified numerous non-compliance issues.
# Overcrowding
Rotunda told to rely on 'short-term measures' to keep babies safe amid 'crisis'
An outbreak of infection earlier this year saw eight babies affected – with the death of one infant referred to the coroner.
# Home help hours
Home help care supports: How many people are waiting in your county?
A total of 6,819 people are waiting for funding for home help hours, but the HSE continues to deny any cuts to the service.
# Behind The Scenes
The Class of '16: The advisers from Enda Kenny's government, where are they now?
Most are still in politics but a significant number have made the jump to the corporate world.
# Abortion
Simon Harris tells HSE poor coverage of abortion services in west and north west 'is a real concern'
In May, Harris spoke to representatives of the HSE about why abortion services are available in just half of maternity hospitals and units.
# Irish Water
'It's a real crisis': Billions of litres of untreated water overflows at Ringsend wastewater plant since 2015
New figures show the extent of overflows at the plant in recent years.
# vaccine rates
HPV vaccination rates vary by county from just 40% in Kerry to 74% in parts of Dublin
The substantial variation needs further investigation, the report says.
# mortuary controversy
State pathologists observed 'multiple bodies' on trolleys at Waterford mortuary over 'years'
Controversy about conditions at the mortuary first arose earlier this year.
# vaccine myths
Simon Harris calls on TDs to support his motion tackling vaccine 'myths'
Simon Harris has called for cross party support for the motion.
# equal pay
'It's like no one cares': School secretaries to be balloted for industrial action this autumn
Some secretaries don’t have regular hours, don’t get paid for the Christmas or summer breaks, while others aren’t entitled to sick pay or a pension.
# co living
'Nothing short of a disgrace': Public slam Murphy over 'appalling and pathetic' co-living proposals
FOI documents show correspondence sent to Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy from members of the public.
# rural wifi
'It's no secret': Eir boss says telecoms company could complete broadband plan for less than €1bn
Government announced that it is to proceed with its plans for the €3 billion NBP
Government officials had 'serious reservations' about broadband plan cost before final tender was submitted
Documents released under FOI show how members of the Cabinet privately raised concerns about the plan.
# bug outbreak
Rotunda hospital chief warns of 'intolerable safety crisis' for premature babies
Intensive care unit saw outbreak of infection affect eight babies – with the death of one infant referred to coroner.
# new recruits
Gardaí felt use of non-Irish actors in recruitment ads aimed at minorities would amount to 'tokenism'
The new campaign ran for three weeks in April at a cost of more than €400,000.
# drink driving
'Beyond the Pale': Ross lobbied by publicans, politicians to pivot on zero tolerance drink driving laws
The Minister for Transport has also received correspondence praising his approach in recent months.
# Right to Know
Government ordered to release records about use of its jet service by Michael D Higgins and Mary McAleese
The ruling was made by the Commissioner for Environmental Information last week.
# price of beauty
The ugly side to dermal fillers: 'Would you let your mechanic stick a needle in your face?'
Demand for lip and facial fillers is booming across Ireland, fuelling concerns about rogue operators in the unregulated beauty industry.
# the green ebb
'It was liberating': The councillors elected as independents after leaving Sinn Féin
Noeleen Reilly resigned from the party in 2018, citing a failure of the leadership to deal with a campaign of bullying against her.
# frenzy and betrayal
Donohoe 'stands by' Taoiseach's actions during Garda whistleblower case, as Shatter pens new book 'Frenzy and Betrayal'
Shatter has spoken out for the first time about the lead up to his resignation from government.
# a green approach
What are the Greens' climate policies and how do they compare to other left wing parties?
While a green wave overtook the local elections, the Greens’ Ciaran Cuffe topped the European poll in Dublin.
# sláintecare
Minister for Health to investigate reports of private entrance to National Children's Hospital
It emerged this month that the facility will be built to honour a 2008 contract with consultants.
# Breach
Tens of thousands of Irish users' emails and phone numbers were exposed in last year's Facebook hack
Confidential emails from the social networking giant reveal the local fallout of the September attack.
# letters from america
Government told that Occupied Territories Bill could affect immigration status of Irish in US
Fine Gael voted against the Bill, which passed second stage in the Dáil this year.
# Dublin City Council
101 problems: Election posters blocking traffic signals and obstructing paths in Dublin
Most complaints are about posters being at a height that is too low or are obstructing traffic signals and signs.
# ep2019
Anti-eviction activist Ben Gilroy sues RTÉ over exclusion from televised MEP debates
The businessman claims RTÉ is in breach of broadcasting rules by excluding him from its upcoming debates.
'This cannot happen': Records show how TDs lobbied NTA to change original Metrolink plan
Plans for the line were changed this year following local opposition on both sides of Dublin.