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# 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.
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.
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.
Opinion: ‘Self-regulation is no regulation’ - what the Lobbying Act has failed to tackle
If a public official is lobbied while abroad there is no regulation to oversee this, writes policy expert.
# Academic uncertainty
Working but no workers' rights: the plight of the PhD revealed
Unpaid ‘teaching contributions’ expected in most universities and ITs but PhD candidates can’t get ‘a liveable wage’.
# Academic uncertainty
'Doing the housework of academia': Women and minorities hardest hit by third-level working conditions
We look at the impact of insecure work on women, people with disabilities and vulnerable groups in the sector.
# Academic uncertainty
On social welfare, unable to buy a house: The reality facing Ireland's academics
Analysis reveals an average of over 11,200 lecturers working in temporary and casual contracts.
‘Barrage of noise, stress and drama’: Life in emergency accommodation
Rosemary Fearsaor-Hughes, a rough sleeper with a disability on staying in a hostel for the homeless.
# busy investigating
Government inaction on genomics and forestry on precious peat: Latest news from Noteworthy
Two major investigations were published over the past month thanks to your continued support.
Opinion: Eating disorders are ruthless but specialised regional care is hard to find
One mother, who has seen her daughter suffer, feels the Government and HSE are badly failing people with eating disorders.
# Spruced Up
'David vs Goliath': why individuals are challenging Ireland's forestry licences
We look at thousands of forestry applications and appeal decisions to reveal deep problems in the quality of environmental assessments.
# Spruced Up
Ireland's tree-planting policies are bad news for biodiversity
Analysis reveals licences for conifer plantations still being granted on biodiversity-rich areas and precious peat soils.
Opinion: Stop diverting funding allocated for eating disorders to other areas
The Mental Health Reform are calling on the Government to spend the money for eating disorder services on eating disorder services.
# Selling our genes
Selling Our Genes: Government inaction allowing private sector to take control of our DNA
Hospitals and universities across Ireland are collaborating with Genuity Science due to, experts say, lack of a public project or strategy.
# Selling our genes
Selling Our Genes: UCD agreement with for-profit DNA collection company 'restrictive'
Expert familiar with such agreements cited issues with data access, exclusivity and intellectual property.
Selling Our Genes: Government needs to keep ‘our national identity’ in public ownership
Ireland still has a chance to take control of genomics research – if it follows this advice.
Calls for tighter lobbying rules ‘fall on political deaf ears’
Professor Gary Murphy explains how the cooling-off period for politicians turned lobbyists is ‘limited and contentious’.
# your stories
Voices of sexual crime survivors and far-right investigation: Latest news from Noteworthy
Your support means that Noteworthy can now also start investigating illegal hedgecutting.
Opinion: Class and wealth, not merit, are rewarded in Ireland's education system
Professor Kathleen Lynch argues that a class divide is feeding injustice into our education system.
# road to reform
Speak or Survive: Does Ireland write off survivors of sexual violence?
Part two of Noteworthy series on victims of sexual crimes who speak out focuses on the poor mental health supports and outcomes for survivors.
# road to reform
Speak or Survive: Sexual violence victims still fighting roadblocks to justice
Survivors of sexual crimes tell Noteworthy investigation what needs to change to give victims a chance to find a voice, justice – and peace.
# Emergency Accommodation
Harassment and infestations among top complaints about homeless accommodation
Newly released data on complaints details the issues facing people in emergency living situations.
# your stories
Solving solar and caring for carers: What's new for our investigative platform?
Noteworthy is working on a several investigations and crowdfunding for new projects on dognapping and eating disorder treatment.
# Solving Solar
Power Down: How years of policy neglect left Ireland in the shadow of a solar revolution
We examine the key roadblocks that have limited small-scale solar power and if enough is now being done to hit impending EU targets.
The long wait for autism assessment: 'From cautiously optimistic to desperately worried'
‘Starting primary school was always going to be difficult but now I am concerned that it will be deeply traumatic and damaging.’
Opinion: 'For most women in rural Ireland there is no choice of maternity services'
The National Maternity Strategy recommendations have been watered down or sidelined, writes Dr Krysia Lynch of AIMS Ireland.
Opinion: Prioritising small housing units on crammed sites leads to risks
Orla Hegarty writes that lockdown has been a time to reflect on getting our new housing right.
Opinion: Homegrown seed is the kernel of a food revolution
Irish Seed Savers outline how support for organic heritage seed is the key to ensuring long-term food security on our island.
Opinion: Support is needed to help people with Down syndrome return to work
96% of employees on Down Syndrome Ireland’s Ability Programme were temporarily laid off due to Covid-19.
# caring for carers
‘It's dangerous’: How Ireland is behind the curve on home care regulation
Part three of Noteworthy’s investigation reveals no legal requirements for training or registration in carer sector.
# caring for carers
'It's demoralising and makes me want to leave': How poor pay is impacting home carers in this 'lucrative' sector
Part two of Noteworthy’s investigation examines pay and conditions of these frontline workers, as well as profits made by providers.
# caring for carers
'I am struggling': How home carers became the forgotten frontline workers of the pandemic
Part one of Noteworthy’s in-depth investigation shows that many carers took a pay hit and felt unsupported during the Covid-19 crisis.
# Help us investigate
Caring about childcare, parent rights and carers: Latest news from Noteworthy
Our community-driven platform has listened to you and launched proposed projects on the Big Four, plastic waste and agri-subsidies.
Opinion: ‘Travellers have to hide their identity just to get a foot in the door’
Pavee Point’s Caoimhe McCabe outlines the level of workplace discrimination against Travellers and how to combat the problem.
Opinion: Government needs to give people of all abilities a chance on the job market
Advocate Craig Kelly writes about how Covid-19 will make a hard situation worse for people with disabilities trying to find a job.
‘Children's needs should be the priority for after-school services’
Prevention and Early Intervention expert Marian Quinn outlines the need for a reimagined after-school sector on the other side of Covid-19.