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# TGIP

Last year
2022
# European Parliament
'A preposterous waste of money': Irish MEPs raise concerns over Strasbourg parliament sittings
Independent studies showed that a total of €109 million a year could be saved if all parliament activity was moved to Brussels.
# how it started
WATCH: Open Newsroom - Ireland and the EU after 50 years together
Watch our webinar on how Ireland found itself at the heart of the EU 50 years ago – and how it’s working for us now.
Voices
Opinion: The four big challenges facing Ireland in its future with the EU
Alexander Conway looks at how Ireland can be involved in the criticial discussions which will shape the next 50 years of the EU.
# Voting
Poll: Do you vote in European elections?
This month, The Good Information Project is looking at the EU and we want to hear from you.
# over to you
Open thread: What are the best things Ireland has gotten out of being in the EU? And the worst?
This month, The Good Information Project is looking at the EU and we want to hear from you.
# Special Relationship
Ireland + the EU: 50 years after Ireland voted to join, how is the relationship between the two?
This month, The Good Information Project is looking at the EU.
# Healthcare
More work to be done: The complexities, wins and major problems of the Irish healthcare system
The Good Information Project turned its focus to Ireland’s healthcare system over the past month.
# The Change
Menopause in Ireland: "One of the things people say after treatment is, ‘Oh my God, I got myself back”
After decades in the shadows, the menopause is finally starting to get the attention it merits.
# Healthcare
Is Stephen Donnelly's €350m plan to tackle waiting lists this year actually working?
“The whole point of waiting lists is that you can’t fix them in a year.”
# comparison
The good, the bad and the alright: Ireland's healthcare system compared to the rest of the EU
Our interactive graphs showing where Ireland ranks compared to other EU countries.
# delayed delivery
'At this stage, it is a crisis': Children still left waiting for public disability services
Parents devastated as one-quarter of staff roles in new disability network teams remain unfilled and children left in limbo.
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.
# Mental Health
'Filling a gap': Does Ireland rely too much on mental health charities?
What role do charities play in providing mental health supports in Ireland?
# tgip-housing
The Good Information Podcast: Ireland's housing crisis - will it ever end?
The housing crisis is perhaps the most severe problem facing Ireland today. Is there any end in sight?
# Health in Ireland
'I’ve never seen morale so broken': What one change do healthcare workers want to improve the system?
We asked health workers and others familiar with the sector what they want to see happen to improve healthcare in Ireland.
The Irish healthcare system is frequently hit with criticism and suggestions for how it can be improved.
Progress on the overhaul of the system is continuing but has been slow.
We asked workers and those familiar with the sector what one change they would like to see put into place.
'The belief that being a doctor is a vocation and all else must be sacrificed… that mentality is waning'
'We needed more beds, we still need more beds': Will lessons be learned from the pandemic?
# tgip-podcast
The Good Information Podcast: What will the new working week look like?
Covid transformed Ireland’s working culture. The Good Information Podcast can tell you what that means for you.
# State of Emergency
Easy as ABC? Solving Ireland's lethal Acute Bed Capacity crisis
Inpatient bed numbers among lowest in EU and nowhere near demand predicted by capacity reviews.
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
# Obesity
‘We don’t stigmatise other conditions in the way that we stigmatise the problem of excess body weight'
There is frustration over the lack of resources for obesity treatment in Ireland.
# TGIP
The Good Information Project is launching The Good Information Podcast
Catch up with all of the in-depth, original reporting from The Good Information Project.
# Health system
Would it work here: Could Ireland bring in a national electronic healthcare record for everyone?
Electronic healthcare records are already in place in several European countries.
# tgip-podcast
The Good Information Podcast: How close are we to a United Ireland?
What conditions must be met before a United Ireland comes about?
# Healthcare
'We needed more beds, we still need more beds': Will lessons be learned from the pandemic?
With Ireland now in a different phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, will lessons be learned from the crisis gone by?
# Out of here
Why we emigrated: Irish healthcare professionals on what pushed them to leave
“I was in a theatre all day with one surgeon and I worked every day with him for a year and he didn’t know my name.”
The problem is not unique to Ireland but there are a lot of push factors in the Irish healthcare system, according to staff
The situation is radically different in other countries, say nurses, doctors and physios who have left Ireland
" I was in a theatre all day with one surgeon and I worked every day with him for a year and he didn’t know my name."
# Healthcare
More than half of people in Ireland think that healthcare is getting worse
Just 7% of the respondents said that healthcare services are getting better.
People on lower incomes and without health insurance were most likely to say that Ireland's healthcare system is worsening
People earning over €80,000 were most likely to say that the system has stayed the same
However, responses were split when it came to people's individual experiences of the system, reports Jack White
The 'workhorses' of the health service: How Ireland's GPs are under increasing pressure right now
# Healthcare
Open Thread: What one change would you like to see in the Irish healthcare system?
This month, The Good Information Project is looking at healthcare in Ireland and we want to hear from you.
# Health in Ireland
Can Ireland's health system be fixed, or is it beyond repair?
This month, The Good Information Project will take a look at healthcare in Ireland.
# Podcast
The Explainer: In the age of disinformation and misinformation, how does factchecking work?
The Good Information Project has been looking at the fight against misinfo and disinfo, and this week on the podcast we’re taking a look at how factchecking and how it works.
# over to you
Open Thread: How have you been affected by false information?
We want to hear about how disinformation and misinformation have popped up in your life. What effect has dodgy information had on you and your loved ones?
# the explainer
The Explainer: Is there a significant revival of the Irish language underway?
Listen here for a discussion on how interest sa Ghaeilge is flourishing, and how the State can harness that.
# the good information project
Are we winning the fight against misinformation?
Is it even winnable at all? Or is false information just a fact of life now?
# Beatha teanga i a labhairt
Dóchas agus dúchas: Hope and history need to rhyme for the Irish language to thrive
We’ve spent the last few weeks assessing the health of the language and what it means to society.
# Baile Atha Cliath
There are plans for an Irish Language Quarter in Dublin. How would it work?
The capital has a large community of Irish speakers and there are efforts to harness this.
# fiontar
From love-bombing to Covid-19, how Irish words are made and published
And how you can suggest one yourself, too.
# bright lights
'Our moonshot vision is to win an international Oscar for an Irish language film'
The prospect is perhaps closer than ever before.
# The West's awake
'I’ve never had such a long waiting list': Irish colleges ready for long awaited return
It’s been a long couple of years for Gaeltacht areas without the annual influx of students.
# na meáin shóisialta
Like, follow, share: the social media stars making Irish shine
Young Irish speakers are engaging a whole new audience with the language online.
# Engage
Sign up to The Good Information Project newsletter
Our 18-month project dives deep into the issues that affect Irish citizens and our place in the EU.
# good information project
Poll: Would you like to speak more Irish in your daily life?
An bhfuil Gaeilge agat?
# CUPLA FOCAL
Two-thirds support more Irish in daily life as young people increasingly link language and identity
New polling indicates a desire for Irish to be used more in this country.
Over half of people speak some Irish but are not confident enough to try TG4 or RnaG.
Two-thirds of 18-24 year-olds feel the language is 'important' or 'very important' to identity compared to just over half of 55-64 year olds.
The highest language fluency at 27% was people aged 18-24, dropping to 20% among 35-44 year-olds.
# the good information project
Open Thread: How has your relationship with the Irish language evolved?
Are you a born-again Gaeilgeoir or just not interested after your time in school? We want to hear from you.
# good information project
Beatha teanga í a labhairt: Is the Irish language thriving or merely surviving?
The Good Information Project wants you to join the discussion.