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Though far right parties failed to return a single candidate in the general election, there is growing concern about the rise of the far right views and ideology in Ireland.
14 Backers raised €315 of €1910
Declining fish stock is one the major challenges to the Irish fishing industry. One of Ireland’s most important fisheries, Celtic Sea herring, was closed last year just 48 hours after the seasonal fishery opened due to the small size of fish caught. Reduced levels of these fish also have an impact on animals who depend on them such as whales and dolphins.
1 Backer raised €100 of €1950
RISK TO BABY: Why were Irish women not told for decades about an epilepsy drug that causes birth defects?
Sodium valproate is an epilepsy medicine commonly sold under the name Epilim. It was known since its availability in the 1970s that it may cause birth defects if used in pregnancy yet for decades many women across the world were prescribed this drug without being warned of this risk by their doctors.
1 Backer raised €30 of €1500
THE CONSTRUCTION NETWORK: Connecting the dots between the government and lobbyists for developers and the construction industry
There are nearly 1,900 lobbyists registered in Ireland, all seeking to influence government policy in one way or another.
9 Backers raised €135 of €3200
NO EXPENSES SPARED: Digging into the many ways that TDs and Senators can claim expenses from the taxpayer.
“Policy formulation” expenses that are made up of sizable bills from some of the best restaurants in Ireland, a special secretarial allowance that allowed a government minister quietly hire the most famous PR consultant in Ireland, overnight expenses for politicians who live in the commuter suburbs of Kildare, Wicklow, and Meath.
10 Backers raised €155 of €1500
PARENT RIGHTS: Why are same-sex couples and other parents still in legal limbo with their own children?
Half a decade after Ireland’s historic marriage equality vote, many same-sex couples and so-called ‘non-traditional families’ still face discrimination when it comes to their rights as parents.
18 Backers raised €610 of €750
NOT SO FAST: Strategic Housing Development speeds up planning process for developers but is it helping increase the supply of accommodation?
In June 2017, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy introduced a new system of fast-track planning for housing developments.
2 Backers raised €404 of €400
Until last year, the Department of Finance published details of how much it paid in pensions to former ministers, taoisigh, presidents, judges, and other ex-officeholders.
2 Backers raised €110 of €100