Pokémon Go has caused some controversy in recent months. Photograph: EPA/REMKO DE WAAL

Amendments to data protection law may be needed, re:publica conference told

The Re:publica technology event in Dublin started on Thursday morning: The festival, originating in Berlin, has grown from a 700-person meeting of bloggers in its first year to an annual three-day event which drew 8,000 people last May.

Digital culture event opens in Dublin with talks on benefits and harm caused by tech

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that the dynamic IP address of a website visitor constituted personal data if a website operator had the legal means allowing it to identify the visitor with additional information held by the ISP. Photograph: Thinkstock

Court finds details may be ‘personal’ if website can identify people using ISP data

Some childcare providers in the State are taking out bridging loans to pay their staff because their financial situations are so precarious, an Oireachtas committee has heard. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Oireachtas committee hears of precarious financial situations of childcare services

French police detain a man outside the Bataclan Theatre in Paris on November 13th, 2015. Immediately following the terrorist attacks, which killed 130 people, French law enforcement authorities made 4,286 requests to Google in relation to 5,164 users or accounts. Photograph: EPA/Yoan Valat

Transparency report reveals 62 accounts or users targeted here in first six months

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny, secretary  Sharon Finegan   and chairwoman Ms Justice Mary Laffoy at the inaugural meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Body charged with making recommendation on Eighth Amendment meets for first time

A primary care service in the south east contacted the HSE in August to say the unavailability of the database was causing “huge difficulties”.

Week-long system outage resulted in difficulties for patients, GPs and pharmacists

Answers to some of the key questions on the assembly

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives at Dublin Castle, for the Citizens’ Assembly. Photograph: PA Wire

Kenny says technology can see such public division deteriorate to personal derision

Among teachers, 30 per cent felt an ADHD diagnosis was stigmatising for a child and 30 per cent believed it was caused by poor parenting.

Conference hears a third of GPs and teachers put condition down to ‘poor parenting’

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said her department’s total budget would be €2.54 billion. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald says total Justice budget will increase by €85m to €2.54bn

Over €2.8 billion has been spent on trips abroad in the first six months, compared to a little over €2.5 billion in the same six months of 2015. Photograph: Getty Images

Figures show increase on number of trips Irish residents took during same period in 2015

Two cars and a truck were involved in the collision Hiskinstown, Delvin on Saturday afternoon

Three-vehicle collision in Mullingar claimed the lives of two women on Saturday

The commonly prescribed benzodiazepine family of drugs includes diazepam (such as Valium), alprazolam drugs (such as Xanax) and lorazepam (such as Ativan).

Ex-government press secretary Shane Kenny to screen his documentary on benzodiazepine

Garda Chief Supt Aidan Reid, head of the Dublin Traffic Corps, said the Safer Roads for Dublin campaign was aimed at all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. He appealed to all road users to obey the rules of the road when traffic lights were red. File photograph: Getty Images

Campaign aimed at all drivers, cyclists and pedestrians as 12 dead on city roads in 2016

The ECJ has said music industry bodies may seek court orders to force  wifi hotspot operators to increase security measures on their networks in a bid to stop music being  downloaded illegally. Photograph: Getty Images

Hotspot operators may be required to password-protect their network, says EU court

A hearing into the rising cost of motor insurance costs has heard that insurers are being allowed to “dictate the reform agenda” in the industry. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Companies have no evidence to support their stances on reform, former board boss says

Bridget Perrier, Fiona Broadfoot, Ne’cole Daniels and Rachel Moran, who gave testimonies about having survived prostitution, at the launch of the Turn Off The Red Light campaign at Leinster House  on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Women speak out in support of legislation criminalising the purchase of sex in Ireland

An image released by the Defence Forces showing a search-and-rescue operation by the LÉ James Joyce in the Mediterranean.

Irish naval vessel rescues 265 people in humanitarian operation off Libya coast

EU commissioner for the digital economy and society Günther Oettinger: “We will have a common set of rules rather than 28 different sets of data protection rules.” Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

European Commission says publishers and authors should be ‘paid fairly for their work’

A motion by Fingal Green Party councillor Roderic O’Gorman to reduce the local property tax next year by 7.5% rather than 15% fell  and was not voted on after the other motions were accepted.  Photograph: David Sleator

Council executives warn money foregone could have been spent on vital services

Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, Pieta House chief executive Brian Higgins said: ‘Our vision is of a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Psychologists urge focus on fighting problem ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day

People who rent out their homes through Airbnb will have to sign up to a new non-discrimination policy or face being suspended from the service.  File photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Holiday rental company says it will suspend members who do not abide by new rules

Jockey and horse trainer Johnny Murtagh and novelist Patricia Scanlan with National Adult Literacy Agency students Gerardine Murphy and Chris Carthy at the launch of takethefirststep.ie. The website hosts a campaign calling on those who have difficulty with reading, writing, maths or technology to get the help they need. Photograph: Conor Healy Photography

Nearly one in six aged 16-65 may be unable to read basic text, CSO study suggests

Minister of State Eoghan Murphy has said settlements of motor insurance claims lack transparency. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Eoghan Murphy claims it is difficult to verify industry explanations for higher premiums

Dr Pauric Travers: “It is important that interventions which seek to address the continuing problem of educational disadvantage are targeted to achieve maximum impact.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Dr Pauric Travers tells Oireachtas education committee wellbeing key to child learning

A free aftercare helpline for women in Ireland who have taken abortion medication they bought online has been launched by a British family planning service.  File photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty

Free service will help women in Ireland who have taken medication they bought online

Screengrab  from the TedX channel on YouTube of Dr Leandro Herrero speaking in February 2014.

‘Organisational architect’ Dr Leandro Herrero drafted in by health service

The HSE hired a number of social media experts, including Niall Harbison. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Niall Harbison and others were paid to advise HSE staff in recent months

A women brings flowers to Castlerahan National School, Ballyjamesduff, Co  Cavan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

State psychological services assisting teachers and students in Castlerahan and Oristown

The European Consumer Centre  said the main problems encountered by consumers were in relation to air travel (41 per cent), followed by issues with electronic goods (8.1 per cent) and problems with online services (7.8 per cent). File photograph: Getty Images

European Consumer Centre: Flight cancellations, delays, damaged or lost luggage key issues

 Speech and  language therapist Jenny Robertson (left), of the   Cochlear Implant Programme; Lexie Noone (2) from Tallaght, who had a bilateral cochlear implant, and her mother Lisa Noone, at  an Honour Your Heroes reception hosted by Beaumont Hospital Foundation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Honour Your Heroes: Survivors attend event to recognise medical and nursing staff

Residents at the Oberstown Detention Campus in Lusk, Co Dublin, who climbed up on to the roof of one of the buildings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inmates had climbed roof in protest after being locked in rooms during staff dispute

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service said travel abroad remained a major reason why donors were deferred from giving blood. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish Blood Transfusion Service says travel abroad remains a major reason why people did not donate

IABA president Pat Ryan said he had been “appalled” at the gambling allegations because the authority had enough matters to concern itself with in relation to the Rio Olympics. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

IABA chief Pat Ryan ‘appalled’ by claims two Irish boxers bet on Rio 2016 Olympics events

The Tullan Strand area just north of Bundoran where Gavin Carey had gone swimming with other soldiers last Tuesday. File photograph: Google Street View

Malin Head Coast Guard confirms remains of Gavin Carey (28) positively identified

The offices of the international operations centre of Ebay  in Dundalk. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Formal consultation set to begin with auction site's 150 staff at Co Louth facility

In its annual report for 2015, the Medical Council revealed it received 369 complaints,  compared to 308 the previous year.

Complaints from patients about poor communication up significantly, annual report shows

It was “fundamentally incorrect” to apply the same level of obligations that apply to traditional telecoms services to online services, Facebook said. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Social media group claims EU eprivacy directive has imposed extra costs on business

Luke Kelly-Melia, who has cerebral palsy, and his specially trained stability dog, Aidan, in Oldcastle, Co. Meath. Luke got Aidan from the Irish Dogs for the Disabled. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

CEO of Irish Dogs for the Disabled says funding down by €64,000 so far this year

 Luke Kelly Melia and his assistance dog, a golden retriever called Aidan, at home at Oldcastle, Co. Meath. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cavan primary school refused Luke Kelly-Melia right to bring assistance dog onto premises

Policing Authority chairman Josephine Feehily. File photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Members and civilian staff would be required to oppose unethical and corrupt behaviour under new code

Phone location data is seen by data protection authorities worldwide as very sensitive because of the huge amount of private information it may give away about a person, their lifestyle and movements. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Authority makes submission to European Commission seeking change in law

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall urged all providers of public services to “use complaints as a source of learning”. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Peter Tyndall says his office received 300 complaints about third-level institutions last year

Former Renua leader Lucinda Creighton, leader of Renua speaking at press conference in Buswells Hotel, Dublin last May. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Data watchdog finds former Renua leader used mobile number inappropriately

Danny Healy-Rae:  Would shoot an intruder who came into his house, aiming for the legs first to immobilise them. Photograph: The Irish Times

Centuries when country was hot . . . and different centuries cold, says Kerry TD

The most recent Hiqa inspection of Beechfield Manor indicated that residents’ privacy and dignity were respected. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Hiqa and gardaí notified after internal inquiry at Beechfield Manor in Shankill

Omaima (left), Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, at their home in Dublin in 2014. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Continued detention of Dublin man described as ‘scandalous’ ahead of fresh application for release

L’École Laïque du Chemin des Dunes in Calais where Fiona McHardy was due to teach.

Teacher organises Odyssey charity reading to ‘create awareness’ and support refugees

Mayo GAA: “Supporters should be aware that the only funds raised that go towards our team training funds are those raised under our Cáirde Mhaigheo fundraising umbrella.” Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie.

Individuals using success of teams to mislead loyal followers, says county board

The global drop in donations is said to be caused by urbanisation, greater exotic travel and a lack of awareness about the need for more diverse blood donors. Photograph: iStock

Worldwide campaign aims to reverse 30% decline in ‘essential’ donations in a decade

Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Judgment in proceedings taken by garda alleging privacy breach by credit union

‘I just want to find my family. Have you seen my family inside?’ she asked when approached by The Irish Times

Nancy Dillon from Dublin and about 60 members of her extended family attended the ceremony.  Photograph: Elaine Edwards

James Matthews (38) one of 14 civilians massacred by British forces in Croke Park

Louise Wills from Rathfarnham with her baby daughter Eibhlín Gráinne who died from the common cold sore virus

Infant believed to have contracted virus shortly after her birth in November 2015

 Staff at the Central Remedial Clinic threatened industrial action after the board unilaterally decided to cease making further contributions to the private pension scheme. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Staff at charity will be granted access to public service pension scheme

New bereavement standards were developed in response to recommendations in two reports following the death of Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway in 2012.

Minister for Health says standards for pregnancy loss are a ‘new beginning’

Minister for Health Simon Harris.  Healthcare organisations have criticised Mr Harris’s plan  to reduce hospital in-patient waiting lists by the end of the year. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Healthcare bodies criticise Simon Harris’s five-point strategy to tackle in-patient lists

Minister for Rural Affairs  Heather Humphreys said funding will be made available to local authorities this year to support the regeneration of up to 200 rural towns and villages. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Heather Humphreys announces funding that will be shared among 200 towns and villages

System down for almost a week due to technical problem

The Garda put an emergency plan in place in recent days after an external source tried to hack into its data systems. File photograph: iStock

Source of attack remains unknown and security expert says ‘ransomware’ may have used

 Orla O’Connor, National Women’s Council of Ireland director said: “despite Government commitments to close the gender pension gap it has actually widened in recent years – from 35 per cent to 37 per cent.” File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Increase in earnings threshold ‘regressive’ and would affect low-paid workers, says NCWI

The Health Service Executive has said it is taking ‘urgent’ action to restore its medical card system, which has been down since last week due to a ‘technical issue’.

GPs unable to check validity of cards or register patients due to computer glitch

The Medical Council committee had been due to hear final submissions in the case of a junior doctor who allegedly left her post at St James’s Hospital in Dublin on November.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Solicitor for doctor cites technical problems with Skype line from Nigeria

An animal welfare charity and a Government agency have signed an agreement to tackle what they said was the ‘growing problem’ of wildlife crime.  Photograph: Andrew Kelly

New agreement aims to address the ‘growing problem’ of illegal hare-coursing

Fitness-to-practise inquiry hears ophthalmologist presented ‘fabricated’ documents to defer exam

Finbarr Flood in his office at the Labour Court in 1999. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dubliner was also a managing director of Guinness and chairman of Shelbourne FC

GRA president Ciarán O’Neill with members of the association at a  protest outside Government Buildings last week over  the Government’s public pay cuts. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

GRA ‘disappointed’ at Government’s imposition of Fempi legislation on new recruits

Architect Graham Dwyer who murdered Elaine O’Hara. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Data Protection Commissioner examines Revenue, Army and An Garda Síochána

Smart meters will replace the traditional gas and electricity meters and will remove the need for a home visit to have the meter read. Photograph: Getty Images

ESB postpones tender process until early next year – and cites ‘technical reasons’

Young people aged 20 to 24 had the highest rate of admissions to psychiatric hospitals of all age groups last year

Report shows depression is the main reason for treatment in all age groups

“The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) expressed “serious concern” at the short notice for the introduction of the new arrangements, which it said would result in a financial hit for pharmacists with existing stocks. Photograph: PA Wire

Group for pharma firms criticises ‘artificial’ price clause protecting expensive medicines

A doctor has appeared before the Medical Council’s fitness to practise committee  over the alleged ‘forgery’ of two sick notes after he missed an exam. File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Medic charged with professional misconduct over alleged fraudulent sick notes

The proportion of strokes would be cut by 12 per cent if smoking was eliminated

Research published in ‘The Lancet’ examines 20,000 individuals from 32 countries

Mary Byrne, head of special education at the National Council for Special Education  (left) and the council’s chief executive  Teresa Griffin at the publication of its  first major report on the education of students with autism in almost 14 years. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography.

Report to Minister recommends changes to teacher training to better support pupils

Vacancy rates for housing vary widely by county but the overall rate stands at 12.8 per cent. File photograph: Frank Miller

First survey results from April reveal almost 260,000 properties are unoccupied

A file image of vacant houses in the Silver Birches estate, Stone Park, Co Longford. Figures from the CSO Census show there are more than 259,000 vacant homes in the State. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

CSO figures show number of empty Dublin holiday properties ‘up 190% in five years’

CSO: One more TD is necessary to bring the total representation in the Dáil into line.

Census figures show State’s population exceeds constitutional limit for number of TDs per 30,000 people

The total population of the State is now 4,757,976

Total population 4,757,976 with Dublin, Meath and Laois fastest growing counties

Julie Brill: “In the sometimes-pitched battle between the machinery of the free market and consumers’ rights, I have staked my career on defending the latter.”

Julie Brill tells IIEA event in Dublin agreement will make Europe a ‘vital hub’ for digital information

Fr Michael Cusack, rector at St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church and Monastery in Dundalk, said the work had started in May and the work on the new roof had almost been completed. Image: Google Streetview

St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church in Co Louth damaged by rain after theft

Gay people who have experienced sexual violence take up to twice as long to report it and face added difficulties in reaching out for support, a new report suggests.

Rape Crisis Network report suggests gay people face difficulties in seeking support

The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin 2. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

National Maternity Hospital staff may retain controversial salaries following HSE talks

In a recent draft decision following a complaint by privacy activist Max Schrems about the method being used by Facebook to transfer his personal data to the US, the data commissioner found his concerns about the so-called standard contractual clauses were well founded.

Case hinges on data transfers between European Union and the US

 Helen Dixon: “I think we are starting to see the rise in digital ambulance chasers in terms of certain legal firms presenting volumes of cases to the office.”   Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Data Protection Commission spending time on ‘volumes of cases’ of no real importance

Legislation approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday and due to be published in the autumn is expected to cover services such as WhatsApp, Viber and Facebook, as well as email service. Photograph: iStockphoto

Experts say State must address issues with current legislation before introducing new Bill

A recent survey by PwC suggested at least 80 per cent of European companies had experienced at least one cybersecurity incident over the last year and that the number of security incidents across all industries worldwide rose by 38 per cent in 2015.

Public-private partnership announced between industry and European Commission

A group of homeless people have occupied a hostel on John’s Lane (above) in Dublin that is due to close on Monday night. File photograph: Google Street View

Residents of John’s Lane Hostel say they will not leave building until new quarters found

Transgender rights advocates are to contact the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) to discuss the service’s policy on blood donations from trans people.

Issue arose after Aoife Martin, who has given blood for 20 years, sought to change details

ASTI president-elect Ed Byrne and general secretary Kieran Christie with union members protesting outside the Dáil yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Union calls emergency legislation on public pay ‘anti-democratic and anti-trade union’

Some of the hundreds of cyclists took part in Console East-West Cycle in 2016. Photograph: Suzanne Collins Photography

Cyclists raised €77,000 in sponsorship for Kildare-Galway trip earlier this month

Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon  said: ‘I put down a PQ (parliamentary question) in relation to the number of Muslims who have applied for Irish citizenship as a constituent was inquiring about this issue’.

Eamon Scanlon apologises for asking how many Muslims had sought Irish citizenship

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar announce higher rent supplement limits to help with rising rents. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Proposals to give financial help to those at risk of homelessness welcomed by charities

People gather at the start of the Pride parade at the  Garden of Remembrance, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Marchers remember victims of Orlando shooting

 Ikea has recalled their Patrull gates following reports that children have fallen down stairs after the gates opened unexpectedly.

Customers have reported gates opening unexpectedly and children falling down stairs

Recipients of Honorary Degrees at Trinity College Dublin rom left, Joe Veselsky (97), Professor Peter Higgs, writer J P Donleavy and human rights activist Hina Jilani. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Nobel laureate among dignitaries conferred with honorary degrees by Trinity College Dublin

Minister for Children Dr Katherine Zappone said no child in the country should go hungry, live without a roof over their head or be locked up in an adult prison.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Zappone: No child should go hungry, live without a roof or be locked up in an adult prison

Helen Dixon: “Other privacy regulators in Europe now are asserting jurisdiction over Facebook in certain cases.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Watchdog stresses engagement over enforcement with large firms like Facebook

The worker said the camera was placed in the corner of the staff canteen and there was no signage to inform staff that surveillance was taking place. File photograph:  iStock

Data Protection Commissioner told woman fired after covering camera while colleague styled hair during break

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon published her annual report on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Case among several privacy breaches highlighted in Data Protection Commissioner’s report

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