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# 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

Tue 6:30 PM 12,708 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 20,507 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 19,979 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 29,091 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 11,754 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 94,952 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 32,835 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 35,425 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 4,306 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 40,425 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 25,371 Views 8 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 43,903 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 33,870 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 11,914 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 37,678 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

# noteworthy - Sunday 28 November, 2021

Two Journal Media reporters win Irish Red Cross Journalism Excellence Award 2021
# Awards
# Awards

Two Journal Media reporters win Irish Red Cross Journalism Excellence Award 2021

Nov 28th 2021, 1:30 PM 17,023 Views 0 Comments

Maria Delaney and Michelle Hennessy won for their series Tough Start which investigated challenges faced by Traveller children.

# noteworthy - Saturday 20 November, 2021

Tough Start Live: How can the cycle of disadvantage be stopped for Traveller children?
# Tough Start
# Tough Start

Tough Start Live: How can the cycle of disadvantage be stopped for Traveller children?

Updated Nov 20th 2021, 1:00 PM 22,105 Views 0 Comments

Watch our discussion with key Traveller advocates on the major investigative series by Noteworthy and The Journal.

Ireland exporting 11 times more peat than it imports - amid horticulture supply fears
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

Ireland exporting 11 times more peat than it imports - amid horticulture supply fears

Nov 20th 2021, 12:05 AM 46,102 Views 20 Comments
  • 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

# noteworthy - Tuesday 9 November, 2021

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are the school days of Traveller children being reduced?
# Tough Start
# Tough Start

The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are the school days of Traveller children being reduced?

Nov 9th 2021, 3:54 PM 57 Views 0 Comments

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.

# noteworthy - Tuesday 26 October, 2021

'An ongoing risk': Hep A outbreak at council site left five Traveller children hospitalised
# Tough Start
# Tough Start

'An ongoing risk': Hep A outbreak at council site left five Traveller children hospitalised

Oct 26th 2021, 12:05 AM 37,130 Views 0 Comments
  • 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
Funding red tape has led to low output of Traveller-specific accommodation
# Funding Failure
# Funding Failure

Funding red tape has led to low output of Traveller-specific accommodation

Oct 26th 2021, 12:04 AM 8,730 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy takes a deep dive into the funding issues that resulted in poor resourcing of housing projects.

# noteworthy - Friday 22 October, 2021

'Revolving door': Traveller women imprisoned for minor offences such as driving without tax
# Tough Start
# Tough Start

'Revolving door': Traveller women imprisoned for minor offences such as driving without tax

Oct 22nd 2021, 12:05 AM 48,334 Views 0 Comments
  • 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

# noteworthy - Wednesday 20 October, 2021

Two international journalism awards for our investigative platform Noteworthy
# Busy Investigating
# Busy Investigating

Two international journalism awards for our investigative platform Noteworthy

Oct 20th 2021, 12:30 PM 4,703 Views 0 Comments

The investigative team completed a number of collaborative projects in the past three months, thanks to your contributions.

# noteworthy - Sunday 17 October, 2021

Home by 10am: 'Misuse' of reduced school days leaving a generation of Traveller children 'lost'
# Tough Start
# Tough Start

Home by 10am: 'Misuse' of reduced school days leaving a generation of Traveller children 'lost'

Updated Oct 17th 2021, 6:40 PM 52,654 Views 0 Comments
  • 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

# noteworthy - Tuesday 12 October, 2021

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What is the issue with farm subsidies and nature?
# Cash Cow
# Cash Cow

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What is the issue with farm subsidies and nature?

Oct 12th 2021, 6:40 PM 23 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and journalist Ella McSweeney tell Susan Daly how agri-subsidies are encouraging farmers to cut back on nature.

# noteworthy - Monday 11 October, 2021

Traveller health 'not being prioritised' despite 'shocking' outcomes for children
# Tough Start
# Tough Start

Traveller health 'not being prioritised' despite 'shocking' outcomes for children

Oct 11th 2021, 12:01 AM 18,361 Views 0 Comments
  • 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

# noteworthy - Friday 8 October, 2021

A win for farming, a win for nature: scheming for sustainability
# Cash Cow
# Cash Cow

A win for farming, a win for nature: scheming for sustainability

Oct 8th 2021, 7:00 AM 16,222 Views 7 Comments

Farm subsidies to protect biodiversity need to be channelled into results-led projects.

# noteworthy - Thursday 7 October, 2021

Land grab: How agri-subsidies encourage farmers to cut back on nature
# Cash Cow
# Cash Cow

Land grab: How agri-subsidies encourage farmers to cut back on nature

Oct 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 25,151 Views 42 Comments
  • The EU's multi-billion euro farm subsidy model is driving up emissions & hitting nature hard, writes Niall Sargent and Ella McSweeney in new Noteworthy investigation
  • Irish farmers are being financially penalised for maintaining biodiversity hotspots
  • €100 billion of farm subsidies for climate action have had little impact on emissions, EU audit finds

# noteworthy - Monday 4 October, 2021

Children's Minister: 'There's ingrained institutional racism against the Traveller community'
# State Failure
# State Failure

Children's Minister: 'There's ingrained institutional racism against the Traveller community'

Oct 4th 2021, 12:05 AM 20,737 Views 0 Comments
  • Minister Roderic O’Gorman said that the State 'has failed successive generations of Traveller children' in an interview with reporter Michelle Hennessy
  • O'Gorman spoke to Noteworthy as part of a series into the challenges facing Traveller children in Ireland
  • He was 'surprised to see' the Cork City Council letter which hit back at the findings of the Spring Lane report

# noteworthy - Tuesday 21 September, 2021

Many teenage Travellers not returning to school following pandemic closure challenges
# No Support
# No Support

Many teenage Travellers not returning to school following pandemic closure challenges

Updated Sep 21st 2021, 7:50 PM 19,709 Views 0 Comments

Young Travellers found remote schoolwork extra challenging due to lack of access to digital and other resources during the pandemic.

Commission raps Ireland for 'persistently failing' to manage protected nature sites
# Endangered Species
# Endangered Species

Commission raps Ireland for 'persistently failing' to manage protected nature sites

Sep 21st 2021, 7:05 AM 26,061 Views 11 Comments

Just over 60% of our 600-plus legally protected nature areas have conservation objectives.

# noteworthy - Friday 10 September, 2021

'No plans' to reinstate HSE rehab unit closed during pandemic
# Addiction
# Addiction

'No plans' to reinstate HSE rehab unit closed during pandemic

Sep 10th 2021, 12:01 AM 21,018 Views 19 Comments
  • The Keltoi Rehab Unit continues to be used as a Covid isolation facility, reports Maria Delaney of Noteworthy, our investigative platform.
  • Keltoi closed 18 months ago, with previous Health Minister Simon Harris promising its reopening
  • Addiction service advocates are frustrated with the HSE response and are calling for a clear reopening date

# noteworthy - Wednesday 8 September, 2021

Explosion in poultry farming in Border region poses air pollution threat
# Factory Farm
# Factory Farm

Explosion in poultry farming in Border region poses air pollution threat

Sep 8th 2021, 12:01 AM 29,670 Views 23 Comments
  • There are an estimated 18.5 million farmed chickens in Monaghan producing ammonia-laden manure.
  • Report, seen by Noteworthy's Niall Sargent, warns of "direct and indirect negative impacts on the environment locally".
  • Soil, water and air pollution an increasing concern.

# noteworthy - Friday 3 September, 2021

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What can be done to halt the decline of our precious biodiversity?
# Endangered Species
# Endangered Species

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What can be done to halt the decline of our precious biodiversity?

Sep 3rd 2021, 3:44 PM 31 Views 0 Comments

Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent tells Susan Daly how the race is on to save iconic species like the puffin and curlew – and even save ourselves.

# noteworthy - Saturday 28 August, 2021

Funding failure: Most of Ireland's biodiversity spend goes on schemes that have little impact
# Biodiversity
# Biodiversity

Funding failure: Most of Ireland's biodiversity spend goes on schemes that have little impact

Aug 28th 2021, 9:15 AM 13,974 Views 10 Comments

Ireland’s overall spending on biodiversity protection is also under internationally-accepted levels.

# noteworthy - Friday 27 August, 2021

Loss of Ireland's biodiversity is accelerating - and we're missing the chance to halt it
# Endangered Species
# Endangered Species

Loss of Ireland's biodiversity is accelerating - and we're missing the chance to halt it

Aug 27th 2021, 12:05 AM 24,070 Views 40 Comments
  • A host of iconic Irish species and habitats are under threat, writes Niall Sargent in first part of Noteworthy's investigation into biodiversity loss
  • Virtually none of our protected nature areas have management plans
  • An expert forum has labelled the State as the “biggest transgressor of environmental law in Ireland”

# noteworthy - Wednesday 18 August, 2021

Government investment in DNA-collecting company Genuity Science loses value
# Selling Our Genes
# Selling Our Genes

Government investment in DNA-collecting company Genuity Science loses value

Aug 18th 2021, 12:40 PM 15,736 Views 12 Comments

The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund had invested €66m in the private genetics company acquired in a deal announced yesterday.

# noteworthy - Tuesday 17 August, 2021

‘A significant challenge’: Unclear when public transport will be fully accessible
# No Target
# No Target

‘A significant challenge’: Unclear when public transport will be fully accessible

Aug 17th 2021, 12:05 AM 13,356 Views 6 Comments
  • Despite improvements in recent years, ongoing obstacles to accessibility are leading to isolation and anxiety, reports Maria Delaney of Noteworthy, our investigative platform.
  • The NTA and Department of Transport could not give a date for a fully accessible public transport system.
  • Inaccessible infrastructure is preventing disabled people from travelling on accessible trains and buses.

# noteworthy - Saturday 7 August, 2021

'No plans to reinstate' transport schemes for disabled people that activists say are 'vital'
# Costly Cut
# Costly Cut

'No plans to reinstate' transport schemes for disabled people that activists say are 'vital'

Aug 7th 2021, 8:01 PM 18,042 Views 16 Comments

The Motorised Transport Grant and Mobility Allowance schemes remain closed after a review was recommended over eight years ago.

# noteworthy - Thursday 5 August, 2021

Stranded, refused and left waiting: Disabled people 'on tenterhooks' trying to access taxis
# REFUSED ENTRY
# REFUSED ENTRY

Stranded, refused and left waiting: Disabled people 'on tenterhooks' trying to access taxis

Updated Aug 5th 2021, 10:40 AM 21,577 Views 19 Comments
  • Advocates are concerned low availability of accessible taxis is leading to reduced independence, reports Maria Delaney of Noteworthy, our investigative platform.
  • Most accessibility-related complaints involved taxi drivers refusing to take guide dogs or wheelchair users.
  • Two-thirds of the current wheelchair accessible vehicles in the taxi fleet are based in the Greater Dublin area.
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