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Tuesday 7 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

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Voices
Burning Question: what does a peat-free future hold for the Midlands?
Trinity College Dublin PhD candidate Jamie Rohu outlines the challenges for workers as we transition our industrial bogs towards a more sustainable future.
# Spruced Up
State warned by EU official in 2017 over eco-credentials of forestry licensing process
Records released to Noteworthy show that the State was warned it is not doing enough to ensure environmental risks from forestry “are a thing of the past”.
# NET LOSS
Closed Doors: Lack of transparency and the push to overfish in Ireland’s fishing sector
Noteworthy examines the powers at play in the sector and how the Irish system may be disadvantaging small-scale fisheries.
Our investigative platform, Noteworthy, takes an in-depth look at the fishing sector in this three-part series.
Significant enforcement problems prevail in Irish industry: Fishing's control issues
Endangered fish thrown away and dead whales on our shores: Fishing's ocean impact
# NET LOSS
Significant enforcement problems prevail in Irish industry: Fishing's control issues
Noteworthy finds inspections of fishing vessels dropped by 30% in 2020, with a drop of over 60% sea boardings by the Naval Service.
# NET LOSS
Penalty point politics: Changing positions and lobbying on fishing regulation
Noteworthy delves into the Government meetings, letters and emails behind the new penalty points regulation for fishers.
Voices
Opinion: Migrants are forced to do the worst work without access to rights
Youth Against Racism and Inequality (YARI) activist writes that immigrants and people of colour are leading the force for change internationally.
# NET LOSS
Endangered fish thrown away and dead whales on our shores: Fishing's ocean impact
Noteworthy reveals over 30 tonnes of threatened fish were discarded in one year, including the endangered basking shark and critically endangered skates.
# dead end
The N6 ring road: Solution or dead end for Galway congestion crisis?
Noteworthy and The Journal take a deep dive into the controversial infrastructure plan which awaits green light from planners.
Voices
Opinion: Vulnerable unweaned calves need protection in our export trade
Animal welfare campaigner Caroline Rowley outlines why she is challenging the State’s enforcement of EU law to protect farm animals exported abroad.
Voices
If we want to protect urban horses, we need to work with their owners
DSPCA education and community outreach projects are trying to address welfare issues facing loose horses in the greater Dublin area.
Voices
Minister Martin: We can protect our artists by covering their basic living costs
The creative sector was badly hit by the pandemic and has most to benefit from a Universal Basic Income pilot, write the Arts Minister.
# eyes right
Trial by Telegram: Ireland's far right mobilising on 'privacy-first' messaging app
Final part in a four-part investigation into the far right in Ireland analyses the growth of US-style tactics used by Irish influencers on the platform.
# eyes right
Online ‘doxxing’ campaigns leading to harassment and death threats
A tactic imported from the US, personal information is published online to ‘target’ individuals who campaign against far-right groups.
# eyes right
Ireland’s far-right using anti-lockdown movement to smuggle in its own agenda
The second in a four-part investigation into the far right in Ireland looks at the intersection between online campaigns and the move to the streets.
# eyes right
Move quickly and misinform: How direct provision centres became a catalyst for far-right activism in Ireland
The first in a four-part investigation into the growth of far-right activity online in Ireland explores how an anti-immigration agenda infiltrated local activism.
# Shear Force
'Whole ditches disappearing overnight': hedgerows falling foul to larger farms
Noteworthy finds biodiversity in a battle with some farming practices – and a low level of accountability demanded by the Department of Agriculture.
# Shear Force
3,000 kilometres cut in three years: Ireland's hedgerow heritage at risk
Noteworthy discovers rich hedgerow resource cut back by local authorities during bird nesting season.
Voices
'More and more students are coping with anxiety through either restricting their eating or binge eating'
Dr Aoife O’Sullivan, a GP treating UCC students, writes about the impact of the pandemic on her patients.
# pandemic impact
People with eating disorders presenting more unwell since pandemic
Rises in acute presentations and significant increases in referrals to specialist teams also reported.
# Covid-19
What are the wider implications of Covid-19 on our overlooked health services?
In your monthly update from Noteworthy, the investigative team looks at how the pandemic is shining a light on long-term deficiencies in our health system.
Voices
Opinion: 'All couples should have the right to become parents when faced with infertility'
The Government needs to take action and implement the model of care for infertility, writes Emma Mc Dade.
Voices
Opinion: 'Once a bike is stolen it's unlikely you’ll get it back'
The serial number is reported to Gardaí for only one in 16 stolen bikes, writes Dublin Cycling Campaign’s David Timoney.
# Funding Failure
Extra funding promised for eating disorder services last year was spent elsewhere
Since 2018, just over 3% of money allocated to improve supports and treatment was actually spent on this by HSE.
Voices
Emergency departments ‘ground zero’ for a stretched mental health system
Psychiatrist Anne Doherty on how increased demand during Covid-19 has left already stretched services ‘drowning under the additional pressure’.
# still waiting
Department of Health can't give timeline for rollout of publicly-funded IVF
Expert says linking IVF funding with the commencement of legislation is a ‘way of putting it off’.
# bicycle blackspots
The good, the bad and the useless: How bike infrastructure has changed in the era of Covid
A surge in cycling happened during the pandemic but new infrastructure was not evenly spread and may not be here to stay.
# busy investigating
The power of information with a slice of horticulture: Latest news from Noteworthy
Highlights include a series which helps you access data from public authorities and an investigation into horticulture labour practices.
# Info hub
Open Access: A citizen’s guide to uncovering housing and local information
Our community-driven platform Noteworthy helps you find out if you are in an area prone to floods, landslides, high radon and more.
# timber trouble
Forestry backlog continues as licences overturned due to biodiversity concerns
Noteworthy analysis reveals serious concerns remain over environmental assessments undertaken by the State prior to granting plantation forestry licences.
# Access to Information
Open Access: A citizen’s guide to getting the most from Freedom of Information requests
Our community-driven platform Noteworthy shows you how to use the FOI Act to access non-personal records.
# Academic uncertainty
PhD rights have been ignored in new employment framework, says SIPTU
PhD researchers are not entitled to sick leave, annual leave, maternity leave or other workers’ rights.
# Info hub
Open Access: A citizen’s guide to discovering who holds your info - and what's in there
Our community-driven platform Noteworthy shows you how access your personal information from both public bodies and private companies.
# do not swim
Swimming was banned at bathing spots across Ireland for over 350 days this year
Noteworthy analysis of EPA data shows that “do not swim” notices are an all too common occurrence at beaches across the country.
# Info hub
Open Access: A citizen’s guide to getting environmental info from public authorities
Our community-driven platform Noteworthy shows you how to use AIE requests to access a world of biodiversity and climate information.
Voices
Opinion: Urgent review of laws and microchip system needed to curb rising dog thefts
Law where pets are a ‘low value possession’ alongside plant pots and mobile phones should be reviewed, writes vet Dr Sharon Alston.
# reaping the harvest
'Under pressure': Industry urges State to open horticultural workforce to non-EU workers
Noteworthy examines an industry push for visas for non-EU workers in horticulture that has raised concern with unions, migrant rights groups and some Government departments.
# reaping the harvest
Ireland has major 'pull factor' for seasonal workers fleeing economic hardship
Noteworthy and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network examine the lure for workers from Bulgaria and Romania to come to Ireland and the impact back home – both good and bad.
# reaping the harvest
Growing pains: Fears for migrant workers who carry the load of Ireland's horticulture boom
Noteworthy explores long working hours, low pay and other concerning conditions for seasonal employees in the sector.
Voices
Opinion: Why the planet needs us to cut our consumption this Christmas
Environmental campaigner Lyndsey O’Connell explains how our online festive shopping habits are leading to an excess of cardboard and plastic waste.
# busy investigating
Precarity in academic employment under the spotlight: Latest news from Noteworthy
Learn how you can support Noteworthy this festive season to investigate the stories that matter to you.