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2022
# Lost in Transition
'Eating disorders don't just stop': Teenagers losing services on transition to adult care
Noteworthy finds that many children are being blocked from specialist treatment once they turn 18.
THE MORNING LEAD
Delays, distress, deterioration: Health system failing people with eating disorders
A report by
Maria Delaney
Noteworthy investigates the chaotic state of services and reveals that most cannot access adequate care.
Noteworthy investigates the chaotic state of services and reveals that most cannot access adequate care
Only 55% of the staff for three new teams promised for 2021 have been recruited, reports Maria Delaney
People with eating disorders reporting that specialised care reserved for those at 'brink of death'
# Audio
The Explainer x Noteworthy: How are public maintenance works impacting river biodiversity?
Noteworthy’s Anthea Lacchia and An Taisce’s Elaine McGoff tell Susan Daly about how arterial drainage works are changing our waterways.
THE MORNING LEAD
Breaking the Banks: 'Vicious circle' of public works 'degrading' Ireland's rivers
A report by
Anthea Lacchia
While the Office of Public Works says it is reducing the impact of arterial drainage work, waterways and their habitats “are still suffering”.
While the Office of Public Works (OPW) says it is reducing the impact of arterial drainage work, waterways and their habitats “are still suffering”, reports Anthea Lacchia
This investigation by Noteworthy reveals recent OPW maintenance work occurred outside tree cutting season
A quarter of audits of these OPW works last year failed to obtain a ‘good’ or ‘very good’ score
# Childcare
The Explainer x Noteworthy: What can be done to improve childcare in Ireland?
Noteworthy’s Peter McGuire and Professor Mathias Urban tell Susan Daly about the challenges facing Ireland’s childcare system.
Voices
Opinion: Are international doctors only here to fill the roster gaps?
Dr Liqa ur Rehman writes that non-EU doctors working in our health system are in a constant battle of survival.
# Health Crisis
HSE reports 'surge' in referrals to adult eating disorder services
Referrals to St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin increased by more than 120% last year.
# Childcare Crossroads
Would it work here? The countries finding success in key aspects of childcare
As part of a Noteworthy and The Good Information Project deep-dive into childcare, we look to how other countries are managing the sector.
THE MORNING LEAD
Increased State spend on childcare 'not enough' to solve crisis for parents and providers
A report by
Peter McGuire
A legal right to a childcare place, a purpose-built afterschool system and dramatic hike in public funding would help create a sustainable model.
Cost of childcare in Ireland is among the highest in the EU and parental leave entitlements among the worst, writes Peter McGuire.
This Noteworthy and The Good Information Project deep-dive finds that planned State investment will not deliver a sustainable, universal, model of care.
While the ECCE preschool scheme deemed a success, care for under-3s and primary school children is inconsistent.
# peat extraction
EPA ‘kicked the stool’ from under peat company seeking extraction licence, High Court hears
Harte Peat Ltd is seeking to overturn the EPA’s refusal to examine its applications for a licence it made in 2019.
# peat extraction
Horticultural peat unlawfully removed ‘much like rock from a quarry’, High Court hears
Environmental Protection Agency is seeking an injunction against Harte Peat Ltd to halt peat extraction in Westmeath.
# peat extraction
Unlicensed peat extraction causing ‘irreversible’ environmental damage, High Court told
Environmental Protection Agency is seeking an injunction against Harte Peat Ltd to halt peat extraction in Westmeath.
THE MORNING LEAD
Peat was cut at 280 plots in protected bogs last year without State consent
A report by
Niall Sargent
Noteworthy analysis reveals cutting has frequently taken place at 30 protected sites over the past decade despite clear prohibitions since 2011.
The cutting of peat has frequently taken place at 30 protected sites over the past decade, writes Niall Sargent of Noteworthy
No ministerial consents have been granted by the State to allow cutting in any of the protected raised bog network sites
Just 1% of Ireland's active raised bogs remain after decades of peat-cutting and land reclamation
# funding fertility
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are people still paying thousands for fertility treatment?
Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly about how the private fertility sector is making millions as patients are left in debt.
THE MORNING LEAD
HSE pays €800,000 over asking price for Sisters of Mercy convent
A report by
Maria Delaney
The HSE told Noteworthy that the building – bought for over €2.7m – ‘has strategic value’ as it adjoins Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.
Convent site near Beaumont Hospital sold for over €2.7m last year, reports Maria Delaney of Noteworthy
It had been listed on the market for €1.9m just six months before the HSE bought it for its 'strategic value'
A report released to Noteworthy states there was 'no appetite on the vendors side' to move away from the tender process
THE MORNING LEAD
Special branch: Over 75 cases of alleged illegal tree felling investigated last year
A report by
Niall Sargent
In several cases, trees were cut down in protected nature areas or on land previously sold to private individuals by Coillte.
Several large-scale cases still open, including the felling of 30 hectares of forest, writes Niall Sargent of Noteworthy
Removal of trees to make way for agricultural expansion is a common issue across many cases
In several instances, trees were cut down in protected nature areas or on land previously sold to private individuals by Coillte
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THE MORNING LEAD
Irish boats landing five times recommended catch of fish important to ecosystem
A report by
Maria Delaney
‘An appalling waste of marine life’: Over 60% of sprat landed in 2021 was designated for fishmeal.
'An appalling waste of marine life': Over 60% of sprat landed in 2021 was designated for fishmeal, reports Noteworthy's Maria Delaney
Wildlife organisations are concerned of the impact sprat fishing is having on other marine life
More than half of sprat landed since 2019 was by large vessels over 18m in length
# bumper year
Noteworthy: Community-sourced ideas and crowdfunded investigations win four awards this year
The Journal’s investigative platform published 14 investigations in 2021 and scooped 4 awards.
THE MORNING LEAD
Families still waiting for inquiry into use of drug that causes birth defects
A report by
Maria Delaney
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly committed to an inquiry over a year ago, reports Noteworthy.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly committed to an inquiry a year ago, reports Noteworthy's Maria Delaney
The 'vast majority' of the recommended services for affected children have not been put in place
Four nurses - a key measure to 'reduce harm in the future' - are still not appointed
# Endangered Species
Rare hen harrier numbers plummet as plan to protect species pushed back
Only 18 pairs of the rare raptor species reared chicks this year in areas designated to protect it – the most unproductive year on record.
Voices
Fostering within the family needs support, resources - and regulation
Absence of clear oversight and supports leave children and caring relatives in precarious position.
THE MORNING LEAD
Crackdown sees 50 cases launched against illegal hedge cutting this year
A report by
Niall Sargent
Action by National Parks and Wildlife Service this year represents huge increase; only 70 cases were taken across the whole previous decade.
Huge crackdown on illegal cutting during bird nesting season over the past two years, writes Niall Sargent of Noteworthy
Since 2020, the wildlife service has taken as many cases to court as it did between 2010 and 2019
Over €45,000 was paid by guilty parties in fines, costs and donations to charities this year alone
THE MORNING LEAD
'Wild West': Private fertility sector making millions as patients left in debt
A report by
Maria Delaney
The Noteworthy team also reveals numerous decisions have not been finalised by Government on long-promised public IVF services.
Noteworthy reveals numerous decisions have not been finalised on long-promised public IVF services
Reporter Maria Delaney finds people are using house deposits to pay for fertility treatment
A lack of legislation is leaving Ireland a ‘Wild West’ when it comes to treatment provision
# new report
TDs and Senators recommend public sector hiring targets to tackle Traveller unemployment
Recommendations of an Oireachtas report also include mandatory anti-racism training and temporary repeal of trespass legislation.
Voices
“Let’s not waste an opportunity”: Nature-based solutions to our wastewater woes
Alejandro Monleon explains how the use of artificial wetland ponds would help limit the strains on our wastewater system.
# peat sake
New peat legislation slammed as ‘incompatible’ with climate targets and EU law
The Bill, fast-tracked by Fine Gael and Fianna Fail senators, would remove the need for planning permission to extract peat for horticultural sector use.
Legal experts argue that new peat legislation disregards strict EU environmental law, writes Niall Sargent as part of Noteworthy investigation of peat extraction
Bill would give planning exemption to peat extraction for horticulture and pause any ongoing enforcement action until at least 2026
Peatland experts are also concerned the Bill is ' not compatible' with our climate action goals
# Awards
Two Journal Media reporters win Irish Red Cross Journalism Excellence Award 2021
Maria Delaney and Michelle Hennessy won for their series Tough Start which investigated challenges faced by Traveller children.
# Tough Start
Tough Start Live: How can the cycle of disadvantage be stopped for Traveller children?
Watch our discussion with key Traveller advocates on the major investigative series by Noteworthy and The Journal.
THE MORNING LEAD
Ireland exporting 11 times more peat than it imports - amid horticulture supply fears
A report by
Niall Sargent
Analysis from Noteworthy shows 500,000 tonnes of peat products exported so far this year amid supply concerns for the domestic market.
500,000 tonnes of peat products exported so far this year amid supply concerns for domestic horticulture market, writes Niall Sargent as part of new Noteworthy investigation
Global trade reports show Irish peat exported to mushroom industry as recently as this month
State confirms exports did not fall under remit of working group examining peat use in horticulture
# Awards
Two Journal Media reporters shortlisted for Irish Red Cross Journalism Excellence Award 2021
Michelle Hennessy and Maria Delaney are nominated for their series Tough Start, which investigated challenges faced by Traveller children.
# Education
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are the school days of Traveller children being reduced?
Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney and social care worker Anne Marie Quilligan tell Susan Daly about the conditions faced by Traveller children in the country’s education system.
Voices
Opinion: 'We can't export our way out of our fast fashion addiction'
Caitriona Rogerson highlights the social and environmental cost of the second-hand clothing trade on African countries.
# Separation of Powers
Chief Scientific Adviser's dual role to be 'decoupled' following concerns over independence
Minister Simon Harris announced a public consultation on science advice will take place early next year.
THE MORNING LEAD
'An ongoing risk': Hep A outbreak at council site left five Traveller children hospitalised
A report by
Cormac Fitzgerald
Noteworthy and The Journal investigate lack of action on Traveller-specific accommodation across the country.
Noteworthy and The Journal investigate lack of action on Traveller-specific accommodation across Ireland
Reporter Cormac Fitzgerald reveals hepatitis A outbreak likely caused by unsanitary conditions at site
Children speak about living in overcrowded trailers, waking up freezing and having no green space to play
Home by 10am: 'Misuse' of reduced school days leaving a generation of Traveller children 'lost'
Traveller health 'not being prioritised' despite 'shocking' outcomes for children
# Funding Failure
Funding red tape has led to low output of Traveller-specific accommodation
Noteworthy takes a deep dive into the funding issues that resulted in poor resourcing of housing projects.
THE MORNING LEAD
'Revolving door': Traveller women imprisoned for minor offences such as driving without tax
A report by
Maria Delaney and Michelle Hennessy
Noteworthy and The Journal examine the impact of the justice system on Travellers, with a focus on children.
Noteworthy and The Journal examine the impact of the justice system on Travellers, with a focus on children
Reporters Michelle Hennessy and Maria Delaney found young Travellers detainee numbers jumped last year
Children who spoke to the investigation team said they felt fear and anxiety around interactions with gardaí
Home by 10am: 'Misuse' of reduced school days leaving a generation of Traveller children 'lost'
Traveller health 'not being prioritised' despite 'shocking' outcomes for children
# busy investigating
Two international journalism awards for our investigative platform Noteworthy
The investigative team completed a number of collaborative projects in the past three months, thanks to your contributions.
# Tough Start
Home by 10am: 'Misuse' of reduced school days leaving a generation of Traveller children 'lost'
Noteworthy and The Journal can reveal that many Traveller children are routinely put on ‘reduced hours’ at school – with at least one student on just 40 minutes a day.
Noteworthy and The Journal can reveal that many Traveller children are routinely put on 'reduced hours' at school - with at least one student on just 40 minutes a day
Reporters Maria Delaney and Michelle Hennessy work with Traveller focus groups to expose this issue
Over 60 children on one halting site in Munster received no digital supports during Covid lockdowns
Tough Start Live: How can the cycle of disadvantage be stopped for Traveller children?
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are the school days of Traveller children being reduced?
# cash cow
The Explainer x Noteworthy: What is the issue with farm subsidies and nature?
Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and journalist Ella McSweeney tell Susan Daly how agri-subsidies are encouraging farmers to cut back on nature.
THE MORNING LEAD
Traveller health 'not being prioritised' despite 'shocking' outcomes for children
A report by
Maria Delaney
Noteworthy delves into the uphill battle facing Traveller children and reveals a lack of targeted health actions.
In its latest in-depth investigation, Noteworthy delves into the uphill battle facing Traveller children and reveals a lack of targeted health actions
Reporters Maria Delaney and Michelle Hennessy examine numerous obstacles to children's health
The Traveller Health Action Plan to be published 'soon' but advocates frustrated it has taken over a decade
'Revolving door': Traveller women imprisoned for minor offences such as driving without tax
Home by 10am: 'Misuse' of reduced school days leaving a generation of Traveller children 'lost'