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# the morning lead

THE MORNING LEAD
Ireland three years past deadline to send long-term climate strategy to European Union
A report by
Lauren Boland
The government has repeatedly fallen short of promises to get the important strategy finished.
Cumbersome grant system holding some back from solar PV uptake, says expert
Young people are least confident in Irish government's efforts on environment
This week
29th January 2023 - 1st February 2023
THE MORNING LEAD
‘Fragmented and unpredictable’: Healthcare services failing island communities
A report by
Niall Sargent
Broken down ambulances, no storage for supplies and outdated clinics among a litany of healthcare provider concerns.
HSE report finds island healthcare staff working “extremely hard" with "inadequate resources”
Regular breakdowns on Arranmore have locals tow-starting ambulance to get patients to safety
Clare Island GP: Our health centre is "completely outdated and unfit for purpose"
THE MORNING LEAD
High and dry: Offshore islands a footnote in State priorities
A report by
Niall Sargent
Noteworthy talks to islanders waiting 25 years for policies to thrive and not just survive.
Islanders not directly involved in designing the State's first policy for the islands in 25 years
Our remaining 27 inhabited islands have a combined population of just 2,700 - and numbers are dropping
Islander: “There are cases of increasing population but few. It’s really hard to watch places going down.”
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
THE MORNING LEAD
UN refugee agency says it is 'completely unpalatable' that asylum seekers are homeless in Ireland
A report by
Stephen McDermott
The head of Ireland’s UNHCR office says the State can learn to accommodate current levels of asylum seekers.
Last month
January 2023
THE MORNING LEAD
Homelessness services prepare for potential fallout of Citywest closing to new refugees
A report by
Lauren Boland
The development has raised concerns for the welfare of refugees who arrive into the country.
THE MORNING LEAD
Govt failed to hit revised social housing targets last year as concerns raised for 2023
A report by
Tadgh McNally
The Department of Public Expenditure estimates that only 6,500 social homes were built in 2022.
THE MORNING LEAD
Coillte forestry deal with British fund condemned by TDs from across political spectrum
A report by
Lauren Boland
The debate came as part of discussions on the Climate Action Plan 2023, which received a mixed response in the chamber.
Sale of new electric vehicles jumped 81% in 2022
Demands on government to step up on climate crisis as new action plan takes hold
THE MORNING LEAD
Students urged to steer clear of ChatGPT essays as bot reopens debate on college assessment
A report by
Emer Moreau
The copy-writing software has taken social media by storm, and left some educators concerned about the future of assessment.
THE MORNING LEAD
Lack of term limits and few women: Governance issues in local development companies
A report by
Luke Butterly
Analysis by Noteworthy finds a significant number of board members serving lengthy terms, with poor gender representation widespread.
A quarter or more of the directors of 10 of these companies are serving terms of more than a decade
Women make up less than 40% of the board in two-thirds of these local groups
Councillor: "There was a disproportionate response to me asking very basic governance questions"
THE MORNING LEAD
Public health reform taking off - but success depends on State tackling inequality
A report by
Peter McGuire
Targets for recruiting public health staff are mainly on track, an investigation by Noteworthy reports.
This follows two decades of campaigning, with experts saying initial improvements are only the beginning
Data collection and analysis lag behind, with improved systems vital to make an impact
Expert: 'Public health medicine doctors were treated as second-class professionals for a long time'
THE MORNING LEAD
Unpublished pensions report shows roll back on Climate Action Plan measure
A report by
Lauren Boland
Ambition for tighter scrutiny regarding the investment of pension funds in fossil fuels was quietly rolled back only months after the target was set.
Noteworthy reveals contents of unpublished government report on a proposal for tighter scrutiny on pension fund investment in fossil fuels
Before a working group had met to examine this proposed measure, it was deemed 'not prudent'
Several matters recommended by the report have not come to fruition but the measure is marked as complete
Last year
2022
THE MORNING LEAD
Demands on government to step up on climate crisis as new action plan takes hold
A report by
Lauren Boland
The Climate Action Plan 2023 contains a suite of measures aimed at cutting emissions – but its performance over the last year was mixed.
'Substantial concern' over gap in emissions reductions as new Climate Action Plan released
Debunked: Five common climate myths and why they're wrong
THE MORNING LEAD
Ahern sought rubber bullet ban to put pressure on UK to restrict their use in Northern Ireland
A report by
Tadgh McNally
Internal controversy broke out over the purchase of 2,000 baton rounds in June 1997.
THE MORNING LEAD
Soft plastic is being collected but almost all burned in Irish kilns or recycled abroad
A report by
Alice Chambers
Guidelines changed in 2021 to allow soft plastic in our recycling bins – Noteworthy investigates what happens to it.
An estimated 9,000 tonnes of additional soft plastic recycled in 2022
Almost all Irish household soft plastic that does get recycled is shipped abroad
EPA: Ireland is ‘in danger’ of missing 2025 plastic packaging recycling targets
THE MORNING LEAD
'Terrible forecasting' and overly cautious warnings: Complaints sent to Met Éireann in 2022
A report by
Hayley Halpin
Some people hit out at Met Éireann’s predictions, while others complained about its website.
Some people hit out at Met Éireann’s predictions, while others complained about its website.
Details of the complaints were released to The Journal under the Freedom of Information Act.
Opinion: In a cold snap our footpaths and cycle lanes should also be gritted by councils
Cold snap sees coldest day since 2010 as ice warning remains in place across the country
THE MORNING LEAD
Dublin property price ceilings under First Home Scheme to increase to €475,000
A report by
Christina Finn
Maximum property price ceilings are to increase from 1 January.
Maximum property price ceilings under the First Home Scheme for every county are to increase on 1 January, Political Correspondent Christina Finn reports.
Price caps for Dublin City; Cork City; Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, and South Dublin are to increase from €450,000 to €475,000.
Since its launch in July, 2,400 people have registered under the scheme.
Rory Hearne: The housing game is rigged and it's time we called it out
Housing minister welcomes mortgage rule change but concerns raised about house price increases
THE MORNING LEAD
Drilling for Data: Growing energy needs fuelling rise in data centre emissions
A report by
Niall Sargent
Noteworthy analysis reveals onsite carbon emissions are over 35 times higher within the space of a decade.
EPA is processing 12 emissions licence applications for use of back-up generators or onsite gas plants
Expert: Growth of data centres ‘wasn't something that happened organically’
THE MORNING LEAD
Staff shortages leave energy regulator scrambling to keep the lights on
A report by
Niall Sargent
Noteworthy reveals the CRU needs almost 70 more staff to deliver on its security of supply and climate roles.
Core work of the energy regulator ‘frequently delayed by a lack of staff’, Government told
Concerns over staff burnout repeatedly raised by the regulator’s risk committee
Tánaiste says to prepare for risk of amber alerts in the run-up to Christmas
THE MORNING LEAD
UK strikes in air travel and Royal Mail could impact Irish Christmas plans
A report by
Lauren Boland
Strikes are planned in the UK this month by rail workers, passport control officers, and in Royal Mail.
THE MORNING LEAD
'It will drive people away': Student teachers on the potential threat to career breaks
A report by
Jamie McCarron
One teacher suggested that staff may simply resign and emigrate to teach elsewhere.
One teacher suggested that staff may simply resign and emigrate to teach elsewhere if the option is removed.
The Department of Education has emphasised that no decisions have been made.
Plans to scrap teacher career breaks criticised as it emerges Education Minister is on same break
Gary Gannon: Government must act immediately to address teacher shortages
THE MORNING LEAD
Fermoy latest town to be visited by anti-immigration campaigners and misinformation
A report by
Eimer McAuley
Analysis: Activists exploiting the war and accommodation shortages by whipping up local community sentiment against asylum seekers.
After protests in East Wall, campaigners look to seize on anti-immigration sentiment.
Cork man Derek Blighe has undertaken a tour of the country over the past month to take part in anti-immigration rallies.
Fermoy locals hitting back with counter protest today.
East Wall protesters block Port Tunnel a second time over asylum seeker accommodation
Lynn Ruane: Some refugees are vilified for being from certain places or because they are men
THE MORNING LEAD
'We had to eat leftover meat and fish': Modern slavery in the Irish fishing industry
A report by
Maria Delaney and Geela Garcia
Migrant fishers who left vessels due to exploitative treatment ‘ignored’ in recent cross-departmental review.
Inspection reports reveal potential trafficking and deficiencies relating to hours of work and rest
Researcher: "The problems in Ireland can be traced to very specific policies and laws here"
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Are migrant fishers exploited in Ireland?
Navy boardings find 10 fishing vessels almost fully crewed by migrant fishers
THE MORNING LEAD
Irish justice system 'failing' migrant fishing workers who report exploitation
A report by
Maria Delaney and Geela Garcia
Our investigation finds 35 referrals of human trafficking in sector – but no prosecutions.
US report states Ireland has systemic deficiencies in victim identification, referral and assistance
Alleged trafficking victim: "It hurt. I felt the punch land. I told him if he did that again I’d report him."
THE MORNING LEAD
Irish NGO fighting cholera in Haiti amid 'power vacuum' and civil unrest
A report by
Niall O'Connor
Goal is the primary international non-governmental organisation in Port-au-Prince and in surrounding communities.
THE MORNING LEAD
The Dowdall-Hutch tapes: What the court heard from secret garda recordings
A report by
Lauren Boland and Alison O'Riordan
The uncovered conversation reveals the two men’s discussions about gardaí, the Kinahan cartel, and Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald.
THE MORNING LEAD
Fraudsters stole nearly €45 million through frauds and scams in the second half of 2021
A report by
Hayley Halpin
That’s according to a new report published today by FraudSMART.
That's according to a new report published today by FraudSMART.
The report outlines how debit and credit card fraud (including ATM) hit €14.5 million.
People are being warned to be extra vigilant as Black Friday and Christmas approach.
US scammers may have taken over $45 billion in pandemic aid, says watchdog
Average text scam costs victims €1,700 as new campaign warns of bank switch con
THE MORNING LEAD
Qatar 2022: The carbon-neutral World Cup that never was
A report by
Lauren Boland
Qatar and FIFA promised a carbon-neutral World Cup, but experts argue it is far from that.
Opinion: 'Football fans - it's time to make some noise on human rights ahead of this World Cup'
Joe Lycett urges David Beckham to abandon Qatar football deal due to country's LGBTQ laws
THE MORNING LEAD
Further investment in trans healthcare services needed, clinicians tell TDs
A report by
Tadgh McNally
The briefing was organised by Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan and Independent Senator Michael McDowell.
THE MORNING LEAD
Almost half of people think allowing nightclubs to stay open until 6am is a bad idea
A report by
Hayley Halpin
The Cabinet approved legislation last month that would allow nightclubs to stay open until 6am.
The Cabinet approved legislation last month that would allow nightclubs to stay open until 6am. If the legislation is passed by the Oireachtas, the changes are likely to be enacted next year.
More than half of people think later opening hours for pubs is a good idea.
Doctors' group warns longer pub opening hours are 'regressive and harmful'
Licensing changes to allow nightclubs open until 6am and pubs open until 12.30am by summer 2023
THE MORNING LEAD
Construction industry lobbying to change law and reduce planning challenges
A report by
Cormac Fitzgerald
Lobby records and documents obtained by Noteworthy show how the industry has pushed back against the judicial review process.
Lobby records and documents obtained by Noteworthy show how the industry has pushed back against the judicial review process
Housing Minister was lobbied 88 times on housing, development and zoning issues since taking office
Industry representatives regularly meet and liaise with local authority officials, reports Cormac Fitzgerald
THE MORNING LEAD
Revolving Door: Revealing the relationship between government officials and lobbyists
A report by
Cormac Fitzgerald and Stephen McDermott
At least 86 individuals who held senior positions in government have lobbied once or more since 2015.
Extent of lobbying by former senior public officials in Ireland revealed for the first time
At least 86 individuals who held senior positions in government have lobbied at least once since 2015
Expert: "The current one year cooling-off period is, in our view, inadequate"
The Explainer x Noteworthy: What are the problems with lobbying in Ireland?
Former Government officials' details missing from hundreds of lobbying returns
THE MORNING LEAD
Former Government officials' details missing from hundreds of lobbying returns
A report by
Stephen McDermott and Cormac Fitzgerald
Noteworthy and The Journal find almost 400 occasions where former Government officials incorrectly appeared as ‘ordinary’ lobbyists.
Former Government officials incorrectly appeared as 'ordinary' lobbyists on almost 400 occasions
Dozens of lobbyists said issues were down to an error and Sipo had been contacted to update returns
Expert: "The returns are not complete" and it is important for Sipo to pursue this
THE MORNING LEAD
Only one visitor and no children: What are visiting restrictions like for hospitals currently?
A report by
Tadgh McNally
Visiting restrictions are decided by individual hospitals based on a risk assessment.
THE MORNING LEAD
'People are so upset': Protests at Garda college after locals locked out of pool after 40 years
A report by
Niall O'Connor
Locals have told The Journal that they are no longer permitted to use the swimming pool – those affected include a Special Olympics team.
THE MORNING LEAD
Schools in 'outdated buildings' fear a winter of energy rationing and cold classes
A report by
Diarmuid Pepper
‘It’s very difficult to ask parents for help, because no more than ourselves, every household is really suffering.’
The Department of Education has allocated one-off additional funding of €90 million.
But unions say more funding is needed.
One school principal described outdated school buildings as the 'broader issue'.
THE MORNING LEAD
Councils refusing homeless accommodation to Travellers using criteria 'with no basis in law'
A report by
Michelle Hennessy
Housing Minister told councils in 2020 that ‘local connection’ rule must not be a barrier to an emergency bed.
Housing Minister told councils in 2020 that 'local connection' rule must not be a barrier to an emergency bed
Investigation by Noteworthy and The Journal finds this is one of the many legal barriers for Travellers when it comes to housing
Expert: "This is... a test which has no existence in the law whatsoever"
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are Travellers so overrepresented in prison?
Blind Justice: How prison is leaving Travellers isolated and traumatised
THE MORNING LEAD
Policing Authority 'not satisfied' with Garda Commissioner's comments on Traveller profiling
A report by
Michelle Hennessy
Commissioner told the Policing Authority that he didn’t believe the gardaí undertake racial profiling.
Commissioner told the Policing Authority that he didn't believe the gardaí undertake racial profiling
Investigation by Noteworthy and The Journal examines ethnic profiling of Travellers, gardaí reaction and changes required
Policing Authority: The oversight body will "not be leaving this alone"
THE MORNING LEAD
No Afghan refugees accepted through Admissions Programme due to 'insufficient information'
A report by
Tadgh McNally
The Department of Justice has asked for DNA testing in some instances.
At least three people killed in mosque blast in Afghanistan capital
Taliban celebrates 'day of conquest' to mark turbulent first year in power
THE MORNING LEAD
Rape crisis centres: Increase in helpline calls compared with pre-pandemic years
A report by
Hayley Halpin
That’s according to the Rape Crisis Network Ireland’s rape crisis statistics 2021 report.
THE MORNING LEAD
Inside the small Finnish city that became a big player in climate action
A report by
Lauren Boland
A Finnish city with a population nearly the size of Cork’s is years ahead of Europe’s climate targets.
100km north of Helsinki, a Finnish city with a population nearly the size of Cork's is years ahead of Europe's climate targets.
The Journal visited Lahti this week for a closer look at its climate policies in action.