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# noteworthy - Yesterday’s News

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

Over 60% acute hospitals operating at unsafe bed occupancy levels

15 hours ago 8,018 Views 9 Comments

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

# noteworthy - Wednesday 22 June, 2022

Journal Media wins four Justice Media Awards for excellence in legal journalism
# Award Winners
# Award Winners

Journal Media wins four Justice Media Awards for excellence in legal journalism

Jun 22nd 2022, 10:56 PM 12,282 Views 15 Comments

Reporters Michelle Hennessy, Maria Delaney, Lauren Boland, Jane Moore and Rónán Duffy were among the winners.

# noteworthy - Monday 20 June, 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 29,043 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

# noteworthy - Sunday 5 June, 2022

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 20,262 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

# noteworthy - Friday 3 June, 2022

'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 10,673 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.

# noteworthy - Friday 27 May, 2022

The Journal and Noteworthy receive 15 nominations for Justice Media Awards
# Awards
# Awards

The Journal and Noteworthy receive 15 nominations for Justice Media Awards

May 27th 2022, 1:26 PM 3,781 Views 0 Comments

It received more nominations than any other publication.

# noteworthy - Tuesday 24 May, 2022

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 12,362 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

# noteworthy - Wednesday 4 May, 2022

Alleged excessive data gathering by Department of Social Protection being examined
# Data Protection
# Data Protection

Alleged excessive data gathering by Department of Social Protection being examined

May 4th 2022, 12:05 AM 41,413 Views 22 Comments
  • The Data Protection Commission is looking at use of free travel pass data, writes Maria Delaney
  • Noteworthy investigation reveals the Department had a database of free travel journeys until 2020
  • We also find Leap card system usage records, including journey data, are being retained for over a year

# noteworthy - Thursday 7 April, 2022

Peat pressure: Industrial peat extraction in enforcement firing line
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

Peat pressure: Industrial peat extraction in enforcement firing line

Apr 7th 2022, 12:05 AM 24,512 Views 7 Comments
  • Historic problems in enforcement of large-scale peat extraction in Ireland has led to the loss of precious bog, writes Niall Sargent
  • Noteworthy investigates the case of Harte Peat found to be operating in breach of EU law
  • 12 other peat extractors are now also subject to ongoing EPA enforcement action

# noteworthy - Saturday 2 April, 2022

Noteworthy supporters keen to see health service investigated
# Public Interest
# Public Interest

Noteworthy supporters keen to see health service investigated

Apr 2nd 2022, 7:01 PM 12,495 Views 0 Comments

Our investigative platform recently received a lot of emails and support for health-related projects.

# noteworthy - Monday 28 March, 2022

Investigative platform Noteworthy wins prestigious Mary Raftery Prize
# Award Winning
# Award Winning

Investigative platform Noteworthy wins prestigious Mary Raftery Prize

Mar 28th 2022, 6:55 PM 6,125 Views 2 Comments

Reporter Peter McGuire won for his investigation that found sexual violence victims were fighting roadblocks to justice.

# noteworthy - Thursday 24 March, 2022

None of the 91 community teams for children with disabilities are fully staffed
# Delayed Delivery
# Delayed Delivery

None of the 91 community teams for children with disabilities are fully staffed

Mar 24th 2022, 6:30 AM 15,873 Views 17 Comments

There is an average vacancy rate of about 25% across teams, the Joint Committee heard this week.

# noteworthy - Monday 21 March, 2022

High Court orders peat company to halt unauthorised extraction in Midlands
# Peat Extraction
# Peat Extraction

High Court orders peat company to halt unauthorised extraction in Midlands

Mar 21st 2022, 8:00 PM 20,985 Views 0 Comments

Environmental Protection Agency brought injunction proceedings against Harte Peat Ltd.

# noteworthy - Friday 11 March, 2022

Over half of children with disabilities not receiving any services, new survey reveals
# Delayed Delivery
# Delayed Delivery

Over half of children with disabilities not receiving any services, new survey reveals

Mar 11th 2022, 7:01 AM 10,121 Views 7 Comments

Two recent surveys highlight concerns that services are getting worse rather than better.

# noteworthy - Saturday 5 March, 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How is inadequate care impacting people with eating disorders?
# Silent Treatment
# Silent Treatment

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How is inadequate care impacting people with eating disorders?

Updated Mar 5th 2022, 10:00 AM 5,295 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly about the chaotic state of services through people’s experiences.

# noteworthy - Wednesday 2 March, 2022

EPA to investigate complaint about State response to peat extraction on protected bogs
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

EPA to investigate complaint about State response to peat extraction on protected bogs

Updated Mar 2nd 2022, 2:22 PM 14,060 Views 15 Comments

The move from the environmental watchdog comes in response to a complaint from an environmental NGO about illegal cutting.

# noteworthy - Tuesday 1 March, 2022

People waiting longer to access specialist eating disorder care
# Silent Treatment
# Silent Treatment

People waiting longer to access specialist eating disorder care

Mar 1st 2022, 6:10 PM 6,227 Views 2 Comments

The latest data shows an increase in people waiting more than eight weeks for assessments and treatment.

# noteworthy - Sunday 27 February, 2022

'Eating disorders don't just stop': Teenagers losing services on transition to adult care
# Lost In Transition
# Lost In Transition

'Eating disorders don't just stop': Teenagers losing services on transition to adult care

Feb 27th 2022, 1:05 PM 11,505 Views 5 Comments

Noteworthy finds that many children are being blocked from specialist treatment once they turn 18.

Delays, distress, deterioration: Health system failing people with eating disorders
# Silent Treatment
# Silent Treatment

Delays, distress, deterioration: Health system failing people with eating disorders

Feb 27th 2022, 12:05 AM 27,041 Views 2 Comments
  • 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'

# noteworthy - Monday 21 February, 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How are public maintenance works impacting river biodiversity?
# Audio
# Audio

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How are public maintenance works impacting river biodiversity?

Feb 21st 2022, 1:15 PM 2,926 Views 1 Comment

Noteworthy’s Anthea Lacchia and An Taisce’s Elaine McGoff tell Susan Daly about how arterial drainage works are changing our waterways.

# noteworthy - Sunday 20 February, 2022

Breaking the Banks: 'Vicious circle' of public works 'degrading' Ireland's rivers
# Investigation
# Investigation

Breaking the Banks: 'Vicious circle' of public works 'degrading' Ireland's rivers

Feb 20th 2022, 12:05 AM 30,964 Views 15 Comments
  • 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

# noteworthy - Tuesday 15 February, 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What can be done to improve childcare in Ireland?
# Childcare
# Childcare

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What can be done to improve childcare in Ireland?

Feb 15th 2022, 3:42 PM 3,271 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy’s Peter McGuire and Professor Mathias Urban tell Susan Daly about the challenges facing Ireland’s childcare system.

# noteworthy - Friday 11 February, 2022

HSE reports 'surge' in referrals to adult eating disorder services
# Health Crisis
# Health Crisis

HSE reports 'surge' in referrals to adult eating disorder services

Feb 11th 2022, 7:01 AM 9,598 Views 1 Comment

Referrals to St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin increased by more than 120% last year.

# noteworthy - Thursday 3 February, 2022

Would it work here? The countries finding success in key aspects of childcare
# Childcare Crossroads
# Childcare Crossroads

Would it work here? The countries finding success in key aspects of childcare

Feb 3rd 2022, 1:00 PM 8,479 Views 9 Comments

As part of a Noteworthy and The Good Information Project deep-dive into childcare, we look to how other countries are managing the sector.

Increased State spend on childcare 'not enough' to solve crisis for parents and providers
# Childcare Crossroads
# Childcare Crossroads

Increased State spend on childcare 'not enough' to solve crisis for parents and providers

Feb 3rd 2022, 12:01 AM 14,790 Views 11 Comments
  • 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.

# noteworthy - Tuesday 25 January, 2022

EPA ‘kicked the stool’ from under peat company seeking extraction licence, High Court hears
# Peat Extraction
# Peat Extraction

EPA ‘kicked the stool’ from under peat company seeking extraction licence, High Court hears

Jan 25th 2022, 6:30 PM 13,197 Views 0 Comments

Harte Peat Ltd is seeking to overturn the EPA’s refusal to examine its applications for a licence it made in 2019.

# noteworthy - Thursday 20 January, 2022

Horticultural peat unlawfully removed ‘much like rock from a quarry’, High Court hears
# Peat Extraction
# Peat Extraction

Horticultural peat unlawfully removed ‘much like rock from a quarry’, High Court hears

Jan 20th 2022, 7:00 PM 20,964 Views 0 Comments

Environmental Protection Agency is seeking an injunction against Harte Peat Ltd to halt peat extraction in Westmeath.

# noteworthy - Wednesday 19 January, 2022

Unlicensed peat extraction causing ‘irreversible’ environmental damage, High Court told
# Peat Extraction
# Peat Extraction

Unlicensed peat extraction causing ‘irreversible’ environmental damage, High Court told

Jan 19th 2022, 7:00 PM 20,369 Views 0 Comments

Environmental Protection Agency is seeking an injunction against Harte Peat Ltd to halt peat extraction in Westmeath.

# noteworthy - Thursday 13 January, 2022

Peat was cut at 280 plots in protected bogs last year without State consent
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

Peat was cut at 280 plots in protected bogs last year without State consent

Jan 13th 2022, 12:05 AM 29,635 Views 41 Comments
  • 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

# noteworthy - Wednesday 5 January, 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are people still paying thousands for fertility treatment?
# Funding Fertility
# Funding Fertility

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are people still paying thousands for fertility treatment?

Updated Jan 5th 2022, 7:05 AM 11,948 Views 7 Comments

Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney tells Susan Daly about how the private fertility sector is making millions as patients are left in debt.

# noteworthy - Monday 3 January, 2022

HSE pays €800,000 over asking price for Sisters of Mercy convent
# Holy Land
# Holy Land

HSE pays €800,000 over asking price for Sisters of Mercy convent

Jan 3rd 2022, 12:05 AM 95,297 Views 56 Comments
  • 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

# noteworthy - Sunday 2 January, 2022

Special branch: Over 75 cases of alleged illegal tree felling investigated last year
# Spruced Up
# Spruced Up

Special branch: Over 75 cases of alleged illegal tree felling investigated last year

Jan 2nd 2022, 12:05 AM 33,087 Views 19 Comments
  • 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

# noteworthy - Thursday 30 December, 2021

Irish boats landing five times recommended catch of fish important to ecosystem
# NET LOSS
# NET LOSS

Irish boats landing five times recommended catch of fish important to ecosystem

Dec 30th 2021, 12:05 AM 35,695 Views 20 Comments
  • '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

# noteworthy - Wednesday 29 December, 2021

Noteworthy: Community-sourced ideas and crowdfunded investigations win four awards this year
# Bumper Year
# Bumper Year

Noteworthy: Community-sourced ideas and crowdfunded investigations win four awards this year

Dec 29th 2021, 7:30 AM 4,320 Views 2 Comments

The Journal’s investigative platform published 14 investigations in 2021 and scooped 4 awards.

# noteworthy - Monday 27 December, 2021

Families still waiting for inquiry into use of drug that causes birth defects
# Risk To Baby
# Risk To Baby

Families still waiting for inquiry into use of drug that causes birth defects

Dec 27th 2021, 12:05 AM 40,577 Views 24 Comments
  • 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

# noteworthy - Sunday 26 December, 2021

Rare hen harrier numbers plummet as plan to protect species pushed back
# Endangered Species
# Endangered Species

Rare hen harrier numbers plummet as plan to protect species pushed back

Dec 26th 2021, 8:30 AM 25,551 Views 10 Comments

Only 18 pairs of the rare raptor species reared chicks this year in areas designated to protect it – the most unproductive year on record.

# noteworthy - Monday 20 December, 2021

Crackdown sees 50 cases launched against illegal hedge cutting this year
# Shear Force
# Shear Force

Crackdown sees 50 cases launched against illegal hedge cutting this year

Dec 20th 2021, 12:05 AM 44,157 Views 18 Comments
  • 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

# noteworthy - Tuesday 14 December, 2021

'Wild West': Private fertility sector making millions as patients left in debt
# Investigation
# Investigation

'Wild West': Private fertility sector making millions as patients left in debt

Dec 14th 2021, 12:05 AM 34,809 Views 13 Comments
  • 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

# noteworthy - Thursday 2 December, 2021

TDs and Senators recommend public sector hiring targets to tackle Traveller unemployment
# New Report
# New Report

TDs and Senators recommend public sector hiring targets to tackle Traveller unemployment

Dec 2nd 2021, 1:15 PM 11,963 Views 0 Comments

Recommendations of an Oireachtas report also include mandatory anti-racism training and temporary repeal of trespass legislation.

# noteworthy - Monday 29 November, 2021

New peat legislation slammed as ‘incompatible’ with climate targets and EU law
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

New peat legislation slammed as ‘incompatible’ with climate targets and EU law

Nov 29th 2021, 12:05 AM 37,995 Views 31 Comments
  • 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
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