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# the-morning-lead - Today's News

'It's hard to imagine the future': The Ploughing, the climate crisis, and the writing on the wall
# Ratheniska
# Ratheniska

'It's hard to imagine the future': The Ploughing, the climate crisis, and the writing on the wall

19 hours ago 18,715 Views 9 Comments

Climate and sustainability took on a new focus at the Ploughing this year, but there’s still a long way to go.

# the-morning-lead - Yesterday's News

From energy credits to welfare increases: Everything we know so far about Budget 2023
# Budget 2023
# Budget 2023

From energy credits to welfare increases: Everything we know so far about Budget 2023

Sat 12:05 AM 50,577 Views 30 Comments

The two money ministers have about €6.7 billion to play with in the main budget.

# the-morning-lead - Wednesday 21 September, 2022

Tuxedo rental and novelty socks: The €175k cost of the Govt's St Patrick's Day trips this year
# Foreign Affairs
# Foreign Affairs

Tuxedo rental and novelty socks: The €175k cost of the Govt's St Patrick's Day trips this year

Wed 12:05 AM 24,739 Views 37 Comments
  • Figures released under FOI show how the Government paid to promote Ireland abroad last March.
  • Members of Cabinet and over 40 civil servants visited 28 countries as part of the annual visits this year.
  • The total cost was around €85,000 cheaper than the last pre-Covid programme in 2019.

# the-morning-lead - Tuesday 20 September, 2022

'It was sprayed in the playground': Widespread use of chemical weedkillers by councils
# In The Weeds
# In The Weeds

'It was sprayed in the playground': Widespread use of chemical weedkillers by councils

Tue 12:05 AM 26,712 Views 18 Comments
  • At least 28 councils applying chemical herbicide, with 19 confirmed as using glyphosate products in 2022
  • Local authorities' spend on pesticides varies from less than €1,000 to about €300,000 a year, reports Anthea Lacchia for Noteworthy
  • Campaigner: "Alternatives have to be prioritised... spraying should not be done in public areas"

# the-morning-lead - Friday 16 September, 2022

Thousands of litres of pesticides used on Irish roads and forests each year
# Investigation
# Investigation

Thousands of litres of pesticides used on Irish roads and forests each year

Sep 16th 2022, 12:05 AM 20,983 Views 49 Comments
  • Coillte alone spends around €1.5 million on pesticides every year
  • In an investigation by Noteworthy, Anthea Lacchia also reports that over 45,000 litres and 800 kg was used along national road networks since 2017
  • Expert: Outside of agriculture, "there are huge gaps in our knowledge of pesticides and how we use them"

# the-morning-lead - Sunday 11 September, 2022

Cyber Chief: Ireland's position in the world does not protect it from attacks by other countries
# Richard Browne
# Richard Browne

Cyber Chief: Ireland's position in the world does not protect it from attacks by other countries

Sep 11th 2022, 12:05 AM 18,459 Views 0 Comments

Dr Richard Browne gave an interview to The Journal this week on the work of Ireland’s National Cyber Security Centre.

# the-morning-lead - Saturday 10 September, 2022

Most energy suppliers are still not paying households for solar power despite August promise
# Solar Setback
# Solar Setback

Most energy suppliers are still not paying households for solar power despite August promise

Sep 10th 2022, 12:05 AM 36,203 Views 35 Comments
  • Microgenerators are supposed to be able to sell back any surplus power they produce to their energy supplier.
  • Only one supplier could confirm that it started to pay microgenerators before 31 August in line with an assurance by the national energy regulator.
  • At least eight had not yet commenced payment, Lauren Boland reports.

# the-morning-lead - Thursday 8 September, 2022

SIPO refuses to name ex-government officials who asked to waive 'cooling off' period for lobbying
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

SIPO refuses to name ex-government officials who asked to waive 'cooling off' period for lobbying

Sep 8th 2022, 12:05 AM 26,291 Views 21 Comments
  • 13 former special advisers have asked for the exemption in two years.
  • Lobbying regulator SIPO has refused a Freedom of Information request to reveal identities of those who applied, Stephen McDermott writes.

# the-morning-lead - Sunday 4 September, 2022

'I cry a lot now trying to figure out what to do': Your stories of coping with soaring energy bills
# Your Stories
# Your Stories

'I cry a lot now trying to figure out what to do': Your stories of coping with soaring energy bills

Sep 4th 2022, 12:05 AM 38,985 Views 71 Comments
  • The Journal asked readers to reach out with their stories about the continuing impact of rising energy prices.
  • Electric Ireland, SSE Airtricity and Bord Gáis have all hiked their prices in recent days.
  • Speculation on what the Government will do to tackle the energy crisis has continued ahead of the Budget.

# the-morning-lead - Wednesday 31 August, 2022

'Export loophole’: Irish cattle shipped from Spain on ‘substandard’ vessels
# Trade Off
# Trade Off

'Export loophole’: Irish cattle shipped from Spain on ‘substandard’ vessels

Aug 31st 2022, 12:05 AM 25,544 Views 26 Comments
  • Thousands of cattle exported on vessels that do not meet standards required under Irish laws
  • Niall Sargent of Noteworthy reports that unwanted males from the dairy industry are among those exported
  • Destinations include Egypt where ‘appalling’ slaughter techniques are common

# the-morning-lead - Tuesday 30 August, 2022

EPA seeks report from Waterford council over use of bleach to 'disinfect' rivers since 1980s
# Dunmore East
# Dunmore East

EPA seeks report from Waterford council over use of bleach to 'disinfect' rivers since 1980s

Aug 30th 2022, 12:05 AM 22,008 Views 12 Comments
  • The local authority's use of sodium hypochlorite dates back to the 1988 - far longer than previously thought.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency has now sought a report from Waterford City and County Council over its use of chlorine.

# the-morning-lead - Monday 29 August, 2022

Religious orders involved in redress sold properties totalling €90 million since 2016
# Holy Land
# Holy Land

Religious orders involved in redress sold properties totalling €90 million since 2016

Aug 29th 2022, 12:05 AM 41,936 Views 48 Comments
  • Investigation by Noteworthy finds these congregations paid €27m to the State in redress during this time
  • 70% - or just under €250m - of redress for institutional child abuse now paid by congregations
  • Mother and baby institution survivor: "I have no expectations... It’s cold, hard business."

# the-morning-lead - Saturday 20 August, 2022

Childcare fees will fall for the vast majority of parents under 'big' Budget package
# Budget 2023
# Budget 2023

Childcare fees will fall for the vast majority of parents under 'big' Budget package

Aug 20th 2022, 12:05 AM 30,295 Views 26 Comments
  • Tánaiste says freezing childcare fees 'is not enough'.
  • Parents are paying out nearly €800 per month per child for childcare.
  • Childcare providers warn of closures due to funding delay.

# the-morning-lead - Friday 19 August, 2022

Varadkar: 'There's a feeling in the gay community that homophobic attacks are on the rise'
# Interview
# Interview

Varadkar: 'There's a feeling in the gay community that homophobic attacks are on the rise'

Aug 19th 2022, 12:05 AM 38,436 Views 80 Comments

Speaking to The Journal in a wide-ranging interview, Varadkar said the situation is ‘extremely worrying’.

# the-morning-lead - Monday 15 August, 2022

New polling finds widespread support for 20c levy on disposable cups
# Latte Levy
# Latte Levy

New polling finds widespread support for 20c levy on disposable cups

Aug 15th 2022, 12:05 AM 16,429 Views 35 Comments
  • Nearly three-quarters of people are in favour of the latte levy.
  • The measure is due to be introduced before the end of the year.
  • Environmentalists say it will help tackle waste but restaurateurs argue it will hurt small businesses.

# the-morning-lead - Sunday 14 August, 2022

Tusla cannot confirm how many records it has about St Gerard's mother and baby home
# Foi Requests
# Foi Requests

Tusla cannot confirm how many records it has about St Gerard's mother and baby home

Aug 14th 2022, 12:05 AM 18,777 Views 0 Comments
  • Tusla confirms it has records about St Gerard's but can't say how many, Órla Ryan reports
  • The agency said it cannot read the documents unless a person requests them via FOI or under GDPR
  • Tusla refused an FOI request from Peter Mulryan, saying it cannot locate records about his sister

# the-morning-lead - Saturday 13 August, 2022

Government urged to hasten payments for surplus solar power ahead of feared energy shortages
# Selling Solar
# Selling Solar

Government urged to hasten payments for surplus solar power ahead of feared energy shortages

Aug 13th 2022, 12:05 AM 30,418 Views 42 Comments
  • Homes, farms and businesses will soon be able to sell surplus renewable energy back to the grid but have been waiting months for details.
  • Industry experts and Opposition politicians have said that the scheme should have been rolled out quickly and widely.
  • Most energy suppliers have not yet started payments but are planning to do so in the coming weeks and months, Lauren Boland reports.

# the-morning-lead - Wednesday 10 August, 2022

Some Irish soldiers 'refused entry to US after peacekeeping duties'
# The Morning Lead
# The Morning Lead

Some Irish soldiers 'refused entry to US after peacekeeping duties'

Aug 10th 2022, 12:05 AM 71,599 Views 21 Comments

The issue has been raised with the US authorities by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

# the-morning-lead - Tuesday 9 August, 2022

Irish firm working on major State projects attacked by suspected Russian hackers
# Cyber Attack
# Cyber Attack

Irish firm working on major State projects attacked by suspected Russian hackers

Aug 9th 2022, 12:05 AM 33,644 Views 0 Comments
  • The malware attack began last month.
  • The Data Protection Commission confirms it is investigating.
  • No data has been leaked online but garda cyber experts are monitoring.

# the-morning-lead - Sunday 7 August, 2022

'Other crises are vying for our attention': Why people have stopped talking about Covid-19
# What Pandemic
# What Pandemic

'Other crises are vying for our attention': Why people have stopped talking about Covid-19

Aug 7th 2022, 12:05 AM 26,468 Views 36 Comments
  • Although the pandemic is still a significant worry for some, its public prominence has largely faded away.
  • Behaviours aimed at avoiding infection like limiting contacts or travel declined even as cases rose quickly earlier in the summer.
  • Experts say other crises such as the war in Ukraine, inflation, and climate change have occupied the forefront of most minds, Lauren Boland reports.

# the-morning-lead - Saturday 6 August, 2022

Amid CWU concerns, Amazon says unions are not 'the best answer' for its new Irish workers
# New Warehouse
# New Warehouse

Amid CWU concerns, Amazon says unions are not 'the best answer' for its new Irish workers

Aug 6th 2022, 12:05 AM 42,055 Views 35 Comments

Amazon had opened its first Irish ‘fulfilment centre’ this week.

# the-morning-lead - Wednesday 3 August, 2022

'Two babies from one family, gone': Tusla unable to locate records despite 'extensive' search
# St Gerard's
# St Gerard's

'Two babies from one family, gone': Tusla unable to locate records despite 'extensive' search

Aug 3rd 2022, 12:05 AM 27,572 Views 0 Comments
  • Tuam survivor Peter Mulryan says it's "awful" that records for his older sister cannot be found, Órla Ryan reports
  • Peter believes there is a chance Bridget may have been incorrectly listed as dead, before being adopted
  • Records related to St Gerard's were given to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, in 2017

# the-morning-lead - Monday 1 August, 2022

Why heatwaves hit harder in cities - and how to combat rising temperatures
# Urban Heat Islands
# Urban Heat Islands

Why heatwaves hit harder in cities - and how to combat rising temperatures

Aug 1st 2022, 12:05 AM 27,176 Views 27 Comments

Ireland’s ageing and increasingly urban population means more people will be at risk from heat in the years ahead.

# the-morning-lead - Thursday 28 July, 2022

'Where is she?': Survivor of Tuam home discovers he has a second sister with no burial record
# St Gerard's
# St Gerard's

'Where is she?': Survivor of Tuam home discovers he has a second sister with no burial record

Jul 28th 2022, 4:08 PM 20,876 Views 0 Comments

Peter Mulryan is going public with his search for information about a second sister, Bridget, who passed through St Gerard’s in Dublin.

# the-morning-lead - Sunday 17 July, 2022

'Move slowly, keep in the shade, don't sunbathe': How to stay cool (and safe) in the hot weather
# Beat The Heat
# Beat The Heat

'Move slowly, keep in the shade, don't sunbathe': How to stay cool (and safe) in the hot weather

Jul 17th 2022, 12:05 AM 33,007 Views 36 Comments

Several days of hot weather can cause physical stress and illness.

# the-morning-lead - Friday 8 July, 2022

Deaths of at least 80 cows in last decade linked to spreading of poultry manure
# Factory Farm
# Factory Farm

Deaths of at least 80 cows in last decade linked to spreading of poultry manure

Jul 8th 2022, 12:05 AM 14,147 Views 10 Comments
  • 16 farms inspected in last decade over concerns with poor spreading of poultry litter, Noteworthy reveals
  • In the most impactful case, 19 dairy cows died across two farms from botulism linked to litter spreading
  • Difficult for authorities to identify farms of origin of the litter for inspection or further action

# the-morning-lead - Wednesday 6 July, 2022

'Potential fraud' in poultry farm planning applications investigated in the North
# Factory Farm
# Factory Farm

'Potential fraud' in poultry farm planning applications investigated in the North

Jul 6th 2022, 12:05 AM 16,522 Views 15 Comments
  • Falsified or altered Teagasc letters used in 23 poultry farm planning cases in the North, Noteworthy reveals
  • Both national and local authorities in the North are currently investigating the issue
  • Several cases of dumping of poultry litter discovered in Northern Ireland since 2015

# the-morning-lead - Thursday 30 June, 2022

Disposable vapes will 'get a whole new generation of people addicted to nicotine', expert warns
# E-cigarettes
# E-cigarettes

Disposable vapes will 'get a whole new generation of people addicted to nicotine', expert warns

Jun 30th 2022, 12:05 AM 17,624 Views 33 Comments

# the-morning-lead - Monday 23 May, 2022

Length of time to register a death may be cut from three months to less than one
# Death Certificates
# Death Certificates

Length of time to register a death may be cut from three months to less than one

May 23rd 2022, 12:05 AM 17,524 Views 11 Comments
  • A proposal would give the deceased’s family five days to visit a registration office after receiving the cause of death cert.
  • The new system would quicken up a process that is handled much slower in Ireland than in other countries and reduce lags in important data.
  • However, current wait times for an appointment at some civil registration offices can take up to several weeks, Lauren Boland reports.

# the-morning-lead - Saturday 21 May, 2022

Poll shows huge support for calorie labelling on menus despite plans being shelved
# Off The Table
# Off The Table

Poll shows huge support for calorie labelling on menus despite plans being shelved

May 21st 2022, 12:05 AM 32,743 Views 55 Comments
  • New polling conducted by Red C on behalf of The Journal found huge support for mandatory calorie labelling on menus.
  • Plans to introduce the measure in Ireland, as part of efforts to tackle obesity, have been shelved.
  • Restaurateurs have raised a number of concerns about the policy including cost and practicality.

# the-morning-lead - Saturday 7 May, 2022

Q&A: What are the issues surrounding the National Maternity Hospital moving to St Vincent's?
# Questions And Answers
# Questions And Answers

Q&A: What are the issues surrounding the National Maternity Hospital moving to St Vincent's?

Updated May 7th 2022, 12:05 AM 17,717 Views 20 Comments

A range of questions are hanging over the relocation plan.

# the-morning-lead - Monday 2 May, 2022

No rules on who can provide cosmetic procedures 'very, very dangerous', expert says
# Fillers
# Fillers

No rules on who can provide cosmetic procedures 'very, very dangerous', expert says

May 2nd 2022, 12:05 AM 21,927 Views 11 Comments
  • There are no regulations in Ireland on who can provide cosmetic treatments like fillers.
  • The absence of rules is 'very, very dangerous', an expert has warned.
  • The Department of Health said a review of regulations for medical devices such as fillers is “anticipated” this year, Lauren Boland reports.

# the-morning-lead - Sunday 1 May, 2022

'It's absolutely terrifying': Charity workers on the shock and despair faced by displaced Ukrainians
# Russian Invasion
# Russian Invasion

'It's absolutely terrifying': Charity workers on the shock and despair faced by displaced Ukrainians

May 1st 2022, 12:05 AM 37,921 Views 1 Comment

Doctors say Russia’s targeting of civilians is having a severe impact on many Ukrainians mental health.

# the-morning-lead - Friday 22 April, 2022

Irish volunteers at the Ukraine border: ‘We're great at helping, but need to do more. It’s a tragedy’
# Ukrainian Refugees
# Ukrainian Refugees

Irish volunteers at the Ukraine border: ‘We're great at helping, but need to do more. It’s a tragedy’

Apr 22nd 2022, 12:05 AM 27,412 Views 11 Comments
  • Céimin Burke speaks to volunteers at a disused shopping centre just 11 kilometres from the Ukrainian border.
  • Groups include people from around Europe who came to border areas and directly offered lifts to arriving refugees.
  • Irish charities among those working to set up safe travel routes for refugees and helping with those providing essential items and legal support.

# the-morning-lead - Thursday 21 April, 2022

'Bonkers' overtime worked by junior doctors causing burnout and risks for patients
# Overworked
# Overworked

'Bonkers' overtime worked by junior doctors causing burnout and risks for patients

Apr 21st 2022, 12:05 AM 26,695 Views 60 Comments
  • Excessive overtime worked by junior doctors is causing burnout and unsafe working conditions, Lauren Boland reports.
  • Junior doctors are regularly working hours far beyond what should be acceptable in Irish hospitals, doctors say.
  • The HSE recorded 2.8 million hours of overtime for junior doctors last year.

# the-morning-lead - Wednesday 20 April, 2022

‘I have to go back’: Polish city remains a major hub for Ukrainians fleeing war (and going home)
# Przemysl
# Przemysl

‘I have to go back’: Polish city remains a major hub for Ukrainians fleeing war (and going home)

Apr 20th 2022, 12:05 AM 18,794 Views 0 Comments
  • Przemyśl became a hub for Ukrainian refugees as soon as the war broke out.
  • The city has adapted its operations to deal with a new phase of the crisis.
  • Volunteers from all over the world are helping the city cope with the influx of people.

# the-morning-lead - Saturday 16 April, 2022

'We couldn't imagine how the world let this happen': Nadia's journey from Bucha to Ireland
# Refuge
# Refuge

'We couldn't imagine how the world let this happen': Nadia's journey from Bucha to Ireland

Apr 16th 2022, 12:05 AM 35,489 Views 13 Comments
  • Nadia Melnychuk moved from Kyiv to Bucha with her husband during the pandemic.
  • Soon, that town would become internationally known for scenes of devastation and horror under Russian occupation.
  • Nadia has shared her story of escaping Bucha, travelling to Ireland, and the beauty of the town she had to leave behind.

# the-morning-lead - Friday 15 April, 2022

Is your bank exiting the market? Take action soon, experts say. Here's what you need to know
# The Banks
# The Banks

Is your bank exiting the market? Take action soon, experts say. Here's what you need to know

Apr 15th 2022, 12:05 AM 28,376 Views 20 Comments
  • Ulster Bank and KBC Bank are in the process of winding down their Irish operations as announced last year.
  • Concerns have been raised in recent months about the scale of the logistical challenges involved.
  • Consumer experts say customers have time to sort out new arrangements but they should "take action" soon.

# the-morning-lead - Thursday 14 April, 2022

Evidence of rape by Russian soldiers in Ukraine mounts as ICC investigates war crimes
# Crimes Against Humanity
# Crimes Against Humanity

Evidence of rape by Russian soldiers in Ukraine mounts as ICC investigates war crimes

Updated Apr 14th 2022, 6:44 AM 29,373 Views 22 Comments
  • Evidence of rape by Russian soldiers is mounting in Ukraine, Lauren Boland reports.
  • A growing number of women have shared testimony of being sexually assaulted during the war.
  • The International Criminal Court is investigating suspected war crimes.

# the-morning-lead - Monday 11 April, 2022

Raise social welfare rates to shield struggling households from spiralling inflation, experts say
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

Raise social welfare rates to shield struggling households from spiralling inflation, experts say

Apr 11th 2022, 12:05 AM 52,378 Views 59 Comments
  • Current social welfare rates were set last year when inflation was expected to peak at 4.5% annually.
  • But with prices on the march, household earnings are now expected to fall in real terms in 2022 for the first time since 2013.
  • Economists say raising core social welfare raise on a temporary basis could be the best way of protecting low-income households.
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