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# noteworthy-ie - Yesterday's News

Navy boardings find 10 fishing vessels almost fully crewed by migrant fishers
# Hands On Deck
# Hands On Deck

Navy boardings find 10 fishing vessels almost fully crewed by migrant fishers

12 hours ago 14,956 Views 4 Comments

Standard sea fishing boat licence conditions require at least 50% EU crew.

Irish justice system 'failing' migrant fishing workers who report exploitation
# Modern Slavery
# Modern Slavery

Irish justice system 'failing' migrant fishing workers who report exploitation

Thu 12:05 AM 7,802 Views 9 Comments
  • Our investigation finds 35 referrals of human trafficking in sector - but no prosecutions
  • US report states Ireland has systemic deficiencies in victim identification, referral and assistance
  • Alleged trafficking victim: "It hurt. I felt the punch land. I told him if he did that again I’d report him."

# noteworthy-ie - Last month November 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What are the problems with lobbying in Ireland?
# Revolving Door
# Revolving Door

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What are the problems with lobbying in Ireland?

Updated Nov 13th 2022, 8:45 PM 5,653 Views 0 Comments

Reporters Cormac Fitzgerald and Stephen McDermott tell Susan Daly about Noteworthy’s latest project which examined lobbying by former government officials.

Opinion: 'Access to justice should be promoted - not restricted and threatened'
# The Construction Network
# The Construction Network

Opinion: 'Access to justice should be promoted - not restricted and threatened'

Nov 12th 2022, 7:00 AM 6,913 Views 1 Comment

Environmental justice solicitor Rose Wall writes that politicians blaming judicial review for housing delays are overshadowing planning reform.

Construction industry lobbying to change law and reduce planning challenges
# The Construction Network
# The Construction Network

Construction industry lobbying to change law and reduce planning challenges

Nov 12th 2022, 12:05 AM 14,379 Views 11 Comments
  • Lobby records and documents obtained by Noteworthy show how the industry has pushed back against the judicial review process
  • Housing Minister was lobbied 88 times on housing, development and zoning issues since taking office
  • Industry representatives regularly meet and liaise with local authority officials, reports Cormac Fitzgerald
Revolving Door: Revealing the relationship between government officials and lobbyists
# Revolving Door
# Revolving Door

Revolving Door: Revealing the relationship between government officials and lobbyists

Nov 11th 2022, 12:05 AM 32,501 Views 20 Comments
  • Extent of lobbying by former senior public officials in Ireland revealed for the first time
  • At least 86 individuals who held senior positions in government have lobbied at least once since 2015
  • Expert: "The current one year cooling-off period is, in our view, inadequate"
Former Government officials' details missing from hundreds of lobbying returns
# Investigation
# Investigation

Former Government officials' details missing from hundreds of lobbying returns

Nov 10th 2022, 12:05 AM 38,158 Views 14 Comments
  • Former Government officials incorrectly appeared as 'ordinary' lobbyists on almost 400 occasions
  • Dozens of lobbyists said issues were down to an error and Sipo had been contacted to update returns
  • Expert: "The returns are not complete" and it is important for Sipo to pursue this
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are Travellers so overrepresented in prison?
# Blind Justice
# Blind Justice

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are Travellers so overrepresented in prison?

Updated Nov 2nd 2022, 10:00 AM 9,952 Views 0 Comments

Reporter Michelle Hennessy tells Susan Daly about Noteworthy’s latest project which examined the impact of the justice system on Travellers.

Councils refusing homeless accommodation to Travellers using criteria 'with no basis in law'
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Councils refusing homeless accommodation to Travellers using criteria 'with no basis in law'

Nov 1st 2022, 12:05 AM 39,809 Views 0 Comments
  • Housing Minister told councils in 2020 that 'local connection' rule must not be a barrier to an emergency bed
  • Investigation by Noteworthy and The Journal finds this is one of the many legal barriers for Travellers when it comes to housing
  • Expert: "This is... a test which has no existence in the law whatsoever"

# noteworthy-ie - This year 2022

Blind Justice: How prison is leaving Travellers isolated and traumatised
# Investigation
# Investigation

Blind Justice: How prison is leaving Travellers isolated and traumatised

Oct 31st 2022, 8:30 AM 24,370 Views 0 Comments
  • From unfair treatment to overuse of protection regimes, Noteworthy and The Journal investigate inequality in Ireland's justice system
  • Reports of prison staff using anti-Traveller language, with experts saying 'systematic change' and 'accountability' is needed
  • Traveller Advocate: There is 'structural racism in the criminal justice system'
Policing Authority 'not satisfied' with Garda Commissioner's comments on Traveller profiling
# Blind Justice
# Blind Justice

Policing Authority 'not satisfied' with Garda Commissioner's comments on Traveller profiling

Oct 30th 2022, 12:05 AM 37,717 Views 0 Comments
  • Commissioner told the Policing Authority that he didn't believe the gardaí undertake racial profiling
  • Investigation by Noteworthy and The Journal examines ethnic profiling of Travellers, gardaí reaction and changes required
  • Policing Authority: The oversight body will "not be leaving this alone"
Commission warns Ireland over ‘stalled’ action to halt extraction in protected peatlands
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

Commission warns Ireland over ‘stalled’ action to halt extraction in protected peatlands

Sep 30th 2022, 11:53 AM 9,293 Views 14 Comments

The State has two months to act or potentially face legal action before the European Court of Justice.

Innovation funding allows Noteworthy to challenge the way complex stories are told
# Send Us Your Ideas
# Send Us Your Ideas

Innovation funding allows Noteworthy to challenge the way complex stories are told

Sep 29th 2022, 8:45 PM 4,643 Views 3 Comments

Our investigative platform was the only Irish recipient of the Google News Initiative Innovation Challenge.

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?
# In The Weeds
# In The Weeds

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How much weedkiller are councils using?

Updated Sep 20th 2022, 7:45 PM 5,717 Views 0 Comments

Reporter Anthea Lacchia and campaigner James Walsh tell Susan Daly about how almost all councils are still using pesticides.

'It was sprayed in the playground': Widespread use of chemical weedkillers by councils
# In The Weeds
# In The Weeds

'It was sprayed in the playground': Widespread use of chemical weedkillers by councils

Sep 20th 2022, 12:05 AM 27,197 Views 18 Comments
  • At least 28 councils applying chemical herbicide, with 19 confirmed as using glyphosate products in 2022
  • Local authorities' spend on pesticides varies from less than €1,000 to about €300,000 a year, reports Anthea Lacchia for Noteworthy
  • Campaigner: "Alternatives have to be prioritised... spraying should not be done in public areas"
Inspections found issues in how nine out of 10 vendors handled deadly pesticides
# In The Weeds
# In The Weeds

Inspections found issues in how nine out of 10 vendors handled deadly pesticides

Sep 18th 2022, 7:30 AM 25,559 Views 21 Comments

Unapproved or revoked products for sale as well as no trained staff on site were among issues identified.

Thousands of litres of pesticides used on Irish roads and forests each year
# Investigation
# Investigation

Thousands of litres of pesticides used on Irish roads and forests each year

Sep 16th 2022, 12:05 AM 21,190 Views 49 Comments
  • Coillte alone spends around €1.5 million on pesticides every year
  • In an investigation by Noteworthy, Anthea Lacchia also reports that over 45,000 litres and 800 kg was used along national road networks since 2017
  • Expert: Outside of agriculture, "there are huge gaps in our knowledge of pesticides and how we use them"
Wheelchair user facing homelessness condemns lack of Government support
# No Room
# No Room

Wheelchair user facing homelessness condemns lack of Government support

Sep 10th 2022, 7:30 PM 17,256 Views 6 Comments

With few accessible options on the private rental market, little support is available for disabled people who fall outside social housing threshold.

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are Irish unweaned calves being exported?
# Trade Off
# Trade Off

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are Irish unweaned calves being exported?

Sep 7th 2022, 3:22 PM 4,090 Views 4 Comments

Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and vet Dr Alexander Rabitsch tell Susan Daly about animal welfare concerns in the growing trade to Europe.

‘Empty bellies’: Unweaned calves left without milk for long periods on journey to Europe
# Trade Off
# Trade Off

‘Empty bellies’: Unweaned calves left without milk for long periods on journey to Europe

Sep 2nd 2022, 6:30 AM 18,620 Views 16 Comments

Department audit finds some operators not complying with feeding intervals, Noteworthy reveals.

‘A slow, terrible death’: The fate of Irish cattle exported outside of the EU
# Trade Off
# Trade Off

‘A slow, terrible death’: The fate of Irish cattle exported outside of the EU

Sep 1st 2022, 7:00 AM 22,956 Views 24 Comments

Noteworthy finds the State has little to no control over what happens to animals once they leave Ireland.

'Export loophole’: Irish cattle shipped from Spain on ‘substandard’ vessels
# Trade Off
# Trade Off

'Export loophole’: Irish cattle shipped from Spain on ‘substandard’ vessels

Aug 31st 2022, 12:05 AM 25,647 Views 26 Comments
  • Thousands of cattle exported on vessels that do not meet standards required under Irish laws
  • Niall Sargent of Noteworthy reports that unwanted males from the dairy industry are among those exported
  • Destinations include Egypt where ‘appalling’ slaughter techniques are common
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are religious property proceeds going to redress?
# Holy Land
# Holy Land

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are religious property proceeds going to redress?

Aug 30th 2022, 5:45 PM 7,161 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly about how over €90 million worth of properties were sold.

Religious orders involved in redress sold properties totalling €90 million since 2016
# Holy Land
# Holy Land

Religious orders involved in redress sold properties totalling €90 million since 2016

Aug 29th 2022, 12:05 AM 42,299 Views 48 Comments
  • Investigation by Noteworthy finds these congregations paid €27m to the State in redress during this time
  • 70% - or just under €250m - of redress for institutional child abuse now paid by congregations
  • Mother and baby institution survivor: "I have no expectations... It’s cold, hard business."
Concerns over data submitted by Wexford power plant to EPA
# Investigation
# Investigation

Concerns over data submitted by Wexford power plant to EPA

Aug 15th 2022, 9:01 PM 25,972 Views 6 Comments

Independent report alleges a ‘major issue’ with water quality monitoring near SSE’s Great Island Power Station.

How Noteworthy is tackling inequity by giving a platform to unheard voices
# Social Justice
# Social Justice

How Noteworthy is tackling inequity by giving a platform to unheard voices

Aug 10th 2022, 7:01 AM 6,154 Views 3 Comments

Social justice has been a focus of investigative platform Noteworthy since its inception over three years ago.

Explainer: How 'deeply controversial' planning law changes could lead to 'years of litigation'
# What's The Rush?
# What's The Rush?

Explainer: How 'deeply controversial' planning law changes could lead to 'years of litigation'

Jul 13th 2022, 12:05 AM 23,473 Views 10 Comments
  • A proposed Bill with last-minute amendments impacting judicial reviews is being voted on tonight
  • These could cause 'serious legal issues', with one 'incompatible' with EU law, a solicitor told Noteworthy
  • Changes criticised by politicians and environmental NGOs but welcomed by construction industry
No Access: Bord na Móna companies blanket blocking release of information
# No Access
# No Access

No Access: Bord na Móna companies blanket blocking release of information

Jul 12th 2022, 7:30 PM 17,020 Views 11 Comments

Key subsidiaries say they fall outside of regulations that enable environmental information requests.

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is Ireland a dumping ground for poultry manure?
# Factory Farm
# Factory Farm

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Is Ireland a dumping ground for poultry manure?

Jul 9th 2022, 9:30 AM 3,643 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and journalist Ella McSweeney tell Susan Daly about concerns over the cross-border poultry manure trade.

Deaths of at least 80 cows in last decade linked to spreading of poultry manure
# Factory Farm
# Factory Farm

Deaths of at least 80 cows in last decade linked to spreading of poultry manure

Jul 8th 2022, 12:05 AM 14,206 Views 10 Comments
  • 16 farms inspected in last decade over concerns with poor spreading of poultry litter, Noteworthy reveals
  • In the most impactful case, 19 dairy cows died across two farms from botulism linked to litter spreading
  • Difficult for authorities to identify farms of origin of the litter for inspection or further action
'Canary in the coal mine': Protected nature areas under pressure from poultry farming
# Factory Farm
# Factory Farm

'Canary in the coal mine': Protected nature areas under pressure from poultry farming

Jul 7th 2022, 6:30 AM 9,374 Views 6 Comments

Cross-border investigation reveals serious environmental and air quality concerns from ammonia produced by the rapidly expanding poultry industry on the island of Ireland.

'Potential fraud' in poultry farm planning applications investigated in the North
# Factory Farm
# Factory Farm

'Potential fraud' in poultry farm planning applications investigated in the North

Jul 6th 2022, 12:05 AM 16,563 Views 15 Comments
  • Falsified or altered Teagasc letters used in 23 poultry farm planning cases in the North, Noteworthy reveals
  • Both national and local authorities in the North are currently investigating the issue
  • Several cases of dumping of poultry litter discovered in Northern Ireland since 2015
Suspected false documents and illegal dumping: the murky world of poultry manure
# Factory Farm
# Factory Farm

Suspected false documents and illegal dumping: the murky world of poultry manure

Jul 6th 2022, 12:01 AM 13,918 Views 7 Comments

Noteworthy reveals serious concerns over authenticity of files used in some poultry farm planning cases in the North and where the manure is going.

Over 60% acute hospitals operating at unsafe bed occupancy levels
# Overcrowding
# Overcrowding

Over 60% acute hospitals operating at unsafe bed occupancy levels

Jun 28th 2022, 8:30 PM 9,155 Views 9 Comments

Five hospitals had an average monthly bed occupancy of 100% or more from January to March 2022.

Peat’s Sake: Leading company under EPA spotlight for potential unlicensed extraction
# Investigation
# Investigation

Peat’s Sake: Leading company under EPA spotlight for potential unlicensed extraction

Jun 20th 2022, 12:05 AM 29,397 Views 11 Comments
  • The Irish branch of peat giant Klasmann-Deilmann is being investigated by the EPA in relation to peat extraction in the Midlands, writes Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent
  • In June 2021, the EPA warned Klasmann it was of the view that the company was committing a serious and ongoing breach of EU environmental law
  • Almost a dozen other large-scale peat extractors are also under investigation by the environmental watchdog
Opinion: 'A real home feels like an unattainable dream' for many disabled people
# No Room
# No Room

Opinion: 'A real home feels like an unattainable dream' for many disabled people

Jun 9th 2022, 7:01 PM 9,259 Views 19 Comments

Julie Helen of Inclusion Ireland is calling for government action on housing and supports in Budget 2023.

Over the Hill: Persistent overgrazing causing 'devastation' in vulnerable habitats
# Investigation
# Investigation

Over the Hill: Persistent overgrazing causing 'devastation' in vulnerable habitats

Jun 5th 2022, 12:04 AM 20,758 Views 7 Comments
  • Many upland areas are experiencing grazing pressure and degradation, with rare plants disappearing
  • Anthea Lacchia of investigative platform Noteworthy reports that overgrazing remains an issue despite being recognised as a problem for at least two decades
  • Protected areas will be lost if farmers are not given more support, according to experts
'At this stage, it is a crisis': Children still left waiting for public disability services
# Delayed Delivery
# Delayed Delivery

'At this stage, it is a crisis': Children still left waiting for public disability services

Jun 3rd 2022, 12:05 AM 11,605 Views 10 Comments
  • Staff vacancies in Child Disability Network Teams as high as 88% in one locality, reports Orla Dwyer.
  • "Everything is a fight," say parents who report poor communication from teams.
  • Therapist vacancies are highest, leaving children without services.
Easy as ABC? Solving Ireland's lethal Acute Bed Capacity crisis
# State Of Emergency
# State Of Emergency

Easy as ABC? Solving Ireland's lethal Acute Bed Capacity crisis

May 24th 2022, 12:04 AM 12,713 Views 14 Comments
  • Inpatient bed numbers among lowest in EU and nowhere near demand predicted by capacity reviews
  • Maria Delaney of investigative platform Noteworthy examines why despite overcrowding constantly being reported, hundreds of people continue to die
  • Full capacity protocol activated weekly at University Hospital Limerick, often resulting in cancelled ops
'It's heartbreaking’: My husband is unable to return home to our family after stroke
# No Room
# No Room

'It's heartbreaking’: My husband is unable to return home to our family after stroke

May 7th 2022, 8:00 PM 45,554 Views 15 Comments

Michelle Murray outlines how her husband Charles is living in a nursing home nearly two years after being discharged from hospital due to unsuitable housing.

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