File photograph of the Aga Khan with Shergar.

Government refuses to release records from 1981-1984 due to sensitive information

British army soldier standing in front of republican mural depicting Margaret Thatcher’s stand against the hunger strikers in the Maze Prison in 1981. File photograph: Alain Le Garsmeur/Getty Images

Analysis: Releasing files might cause danger to individuals or lead to defamation action

Some 300 professionals will attend the annual National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (Nota)  conference in Dublin to discuss the treatment of sex abusers. Photograph: Thinkstock

Professionals gather at Dublin event to discuss sex abuse as ‘major public health issue’

Eithne Jordan, Cecily Brennan, Alice Maher and Paula Meehan outside Leinster House on Monday at the launch of the Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Novelists, poets and painters state abortion amendment is ‘ongoing cause of shame’

Gráinne Nic Gib and Gráinne Nic Lochlainn pictured last week arriving for the commission of investigation into the fatal shooting of Rónán Mac Lochlainn by an armed detective in 1998. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Hearing into fatal shooting of Rónán Mac Lochlainn (28) during 1998 robbery continues

The Irish Cancer Society wants information about whether someone is a smoker recorded in their individual health identifier number. Photograph: Thinkstock

Data on lifestyle choices, social background and smoking could be recorded, says society

Marie Collins: Development a “very serious mater”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Criticism comes in wake of apparent move against Chilean survivor Juan Carlos Cruz

One naturalised Irish citizen has complained to the Data Protection Commissioner and to Google about the publication of their personal details in the State’s official gazette. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Complaint made over publication of personal details in State’s official gazette

Dr Katherine Sleeman, lecturer in  palliative care, Kings College London, and ex-Supreme Court judge Ms Justice Catherine McGuinness at the End of Life conference in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Conference hears 80 per cent of all Irish deaths are likely to need end-of-life care

At the launch of Network Ireland’s national conference which takes place on Friday September 25th in Westport (left to right) were: Joanne Grehan, Head of Mayo Enterprise, Mayo County Council, Anne O’Leary, chief executive Vodafone Ireland, Olwen Dawe, president of Network Ireland and Ken Burke, head of business banking with AIB. Photograph: Conor Healy.

Network Ireland to host annual forum in Mayo at end of September

Chief executive of the Food Safety Authority Dr Pamela Byrne said she was disappointed at the lack of vigilance by some owners in ensuring their businesses were fit for purpose and fully compliant with food safety legislation. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Food businesses in Dublin, Mayo, Meath and Kerry breach rules

EU ambassador to the US David O’Sullivan: was speaking at an event in Dublin about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership  currently being negotiated. Photograph: Sara Freund

Standards on consumer, health or environmental protection will not be ‘watered down’

The Links Creche, Abington, Malahide, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Links Crèche in Malahide appears before Dublin District Court on welfare charges

The IFA and Teagasc have begun a trial  to increase  acreage given over to baby potatoes. Photograph: Thinkstock

IFA and Teagasc in trial project to increase baby potato production

Attorney General Máire Whelan was ‘troubled’ by the idea that the recordings might be destroyed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Fennelly commission will consider ‘broader issue of potential infringement of fundamental rights’

The Fennelly Commission said then secretary-general of the Department of Justice Brian  Purcell’s evidence was that he was asked to convey to former Garda commissioner Martin  Callinan the gravity with which the Taoiseach viewed the matter of the Garda telephone recording systems, and to ask him to consider the situation. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Fennelly Commission finds it ‘extraordinary’ no note exists of five-party meeting

Moyagh Murdock, CEO of the RSA: project is being piloted around the country. Photograph: Sara Freund

New number-plate recognition technology at checkpoints to detect lawbreaking drivers

Some 28 per cent of people from non-white ethnic backgrounds reported discrimination. Photograph: Thinkstock

Figures show bullying, harassment figure in most workplace discrimination complaints

Niamh Randall, national spokesperson for the Simon Communities. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Simon Communities calls for commitment to end long-term homelessness to be fulfilled

Closures: 140 Garda stations were closed nationwide in 2012-13. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Reduction in rural stations leaving communities exposed to crime, campaigners claim

Former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Sean FitzPatrick. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Judge puts back trial of ex-Anglo Irish chairman for seven months until May 2016

Two men have sought leave to appeal the result of the marriage referendum to the Supreme Court. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Courts Service receives applications on same-sex marriage referendum result

Former Clerys staff protest outside the offices of Natrium Ltd in Dublin on Friday.  Photograph: Siptu via Twitter

Around two dozen ex-staff urge management to meet them over outstanding wages

 Software changes are required to bring the system on the South Circular Road up to the same standard as the one in operation at Benburb Street. Photograph: Frank Miller

System to go live at junction of South Circular Road and Con Colbert Road

Patrick McKee canvassing in the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection campaign. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Expenditure on Carlow-Kilkenny poll in May totalled €185,738, says standards body

 Frances Fitzgerald: she said it was intended to publish the notices in respect of those granted a certificate of naturalisation in 2010 and 2011 by the end of last year, with 2012 and 2013 grants being published this year

Minister for Justice says she ‘understands concerns’ of those whose information was made publicly available

The HSA has investigators at the scene of a farming incident in Ballon, Co Carlow.

Donal English Hayden understood to have been pinned down by overturned trailer

Details of about 115,000 Irish users are reportedly included in the hack of the Ashley Madison adultery  website. Photograph: Thinkstock

Chair of Digital Rights Ireland says registering on adultery site not illegal

The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland has expressed concerns at the publication of new citizens’ personal information online. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Grave concern expressed ‘for safety of people who have sought protection in the State’

Attendees at a citizenship ceremony in Dublin last month: publication of the names and addresses of new Irish citizens in ‘Iris Oifigiúil’ is provided for under a 1956 Act. Photograph: Alan Betson

Analysis: Legislation from 1956 did not foresee powerful tools for harvesting data

The personal details of new Irish citizens remain online indefinitely after publication by the Government’s official gazette. Photograph: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Data Protection Commissioner says making the information public is stipulated by law

A study of more than 600,000 individuals has shown an increased risk of stroke and heart disease among those who worked longer hours.

Review claims higher chance of heart disease for those who work over 55 hours a week

The Department of Health said it would continue to monitor evidence on e-cigarettes after health officials in Britain endorsed them as 95 per cent safer than their tobacco equivalents. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Government has ‘concerns’ about nicotine content despite recent health findings

Some 43% of the 1,000 consumers surveyed said they had also changed their online habits due to fear. Photograph: Thinkstock

Survey suggests people are more cautious when giving out personal information

Niamh Donnelly from  Leopardstown is congratulated by her mother Marion Donnelly on getting her Leaving Certificate results at Coláiste Íosagáin, Stillorgan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Bodies urge would-be undergraduates to seek advice from parents, teachers and counsellors

Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith commemoration at Glasnevin Cemetary, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Wreaths laid at graves of two ‘giants of the Free State’ by Fine Gael ministers

Women’s Aid said eligibility for protection and safety orders was extended in 2011. Photograph: Thinkstock

Courts see huge rise in applications for safety orders under domestic violence legislation

A new 120-bed unit is to be built at the National Rehabilitiation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Development to include integrated therapy spaces, hydrotherapy and sports facilities

The Watermarque Building in Ringsend, Dublin, where Airbnb’s headquarters is located. Photograph:  Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Room rental site to clarify new obligation to provide income details to Revenue

The Data Protection Commissioner considered telling organisations to stop using information such as mothers’ maiden names as security questions following the publication of civil records online.

Concerns voiced over organisations’ use of mothers’ maiden names as security questions

New sign: diagonal black lines on white background were designed to replace the 80km/h signs on rural roads.

Authorities were to replace 80km/h sign on tertiary roads by June 12th

The fishing vessel with an estimated 600 immigrants aboard shortly before it capsized, leading to many deaths. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Man saves wife and drowning baby after trafficker’s vessel capsizes north of Tripoli

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys announced the nine projects to receive Arts Council funding for the 1916 commemorations.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Nine projects picked by Arts Council include music, dance, film and sound installations

Irish Defence Forces photograph of a children  on board the the LÉ Niamh enroute to Palermo.

Fishing boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized in Mediterranean

A large GP practice, a hospice and patients with epilepsy will be among the first to trial the new individual health identifiers. Photograph: Thinkstock

Standards for managing unique numbers to track people in health system published

Complaints to the Road Safety Authority included many about speed limit signs and speeding on rural roads. Photograph: Eric Luke

Safety authority releases emails from public under Freedom of Information Act

Minister for Communications Alex White. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Data Protection Commissioner confirms there are outstanding concerns over scheme

Victims of human trafficking should be compensated from a special fund, the Immigrant Council of Ireland has said. Photograph: Thinkstock

Immigrant Council says victims should receive funds from Criminal Assets Bureau

Community Awareness of Drugs (CAD) said decriminalisation would lead to a ‘litany of problems’. Photograph: Thinkstock

CAD says Ó Ríordáin plan will lead to increase in use of cannabis and cocaine

Minister of State for the National Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin will bring a paper on drug use to Cabinet in the autumn. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says ‘consumption rooms’ for heroin users will be considered

Judge Patrick McCartan told the jury in the trial of three former officials of Anglo Irish Bank  to leave any ‘hard views’ about the bank behind when deliberating. Photograph: Frank Miller

Anglo Irish Bank not on trial, says judge

Wind turbines: An extensive wind farm project has been planned for Emlagh, near Kells, in Co Meath. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Oral hearing by An Bord Pleanála into wind farm project concludes after four weeks

Taoiseach Enda Kenny prior to his address at the MacGill Summer School Photograph: North West Newspix.

Taoiseach greeted by anti-water charge protesters at MacGill summer school

Sr Stanislaus Kennedy called for a referendum to enshrine the right to a home in the Constitution. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

MacGill: Sister Stanislaus says playing market with people’s housing needs ‘indecent’

Prof Orla Hardiman said the health system was now completely demoralised. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Prof Orla Hardiman calls for new centre for health research and data-driven approach to care

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said the problems reported at nursing homes were ‘unacceptable’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Health says issues are ‘not new’ and have been going on for decades

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said the Government could fund adult primary care through changes to PRSI. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Varadkar says hospitals don’t have capacity to provide universal healthcare at present

Minister of State Kathleen Lynch told the MacGill summer school young people were now buying ‘slabs’ of beer rather than six-packs. Photograph: Eric Luke

MacGill summer school hears call for minimum pricing to curtail alcohol crisis

David Begg said the top 10  per cent of people were now taking 34 per cent of all. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Former Ictu head tells MacGill summer school top 10% now takes 34% of all income

“Attainment of the 40 per cent target will require another 200 wind farms, 700km of new transmission line and hundreds of new towers to carry these lines. These transmission reinforcements alone will cost up to €3.9 billion, according to EirGrid,” says Dr Anthony White. Photograph: David Sleator

Dr Anthony White says Ireland is trying to achieve renewables target the wrong way

Dáithí Ó Ceallaigh said people in Britain need to be made aware of the potential consequences of an exit from the European Union. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Dáithí Ó Ceallaigh tells MacGill Summer School he is ‘frightened of nationalism’

Brian Hayes: “We need lots of contrarian people, with lots of contrarian views, questioning everything we do, because that didn’t happen in the madness years.” Photograph: The Irish Times

MEP tells gathering not enough people questioning policy ‘in the madness years’

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty: said issue was whether to ask people who had nothing in the cupboards to pay the same for water as people who had ‘plenty in the cupboards’. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland had the most modern gas and electricity infrastructure in Europe, MacGill summer school told

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has been criticised by the opposition for pulling out of a debate on Irish Water at the MacGill summer school.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister did not attend MacGill summer school due to meeting in Brussels

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: ‘We have made massive changes to the operation and governance of An Garda Síochána.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says Government has delivered measurable reforms in justice

Dr TK Whitaker, pictured in 2014. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Achievements of former civil servant and Central Bank governor Dr TK Whitaker celebrated at annual summer school

Labour Party Senator Lorraine Higgins who said she is planning to report emailed death threats to gardaí.

Labour Senator makes complaint to gardaí over emailed correspondence

Ibec’s Danny McCoy: claimed the real value of the minimum wage had actually increased during the crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Unite trade union disappointed, saying new rate of €9.15 still well below living wage

The Registrar General’s annual report has revealed the number of civil marriages is on the rise. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Registrar General’s report shows decrease in the number opting for religious weddings

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has pulled out of Tuesday’s MacGill SummerSchool event due to a diary clash.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Alan Kelly pulls out of Tuesday sessions when Irish Water on the agenda

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the National Economic Dialogue conference at Dublin Castle on Thursday, July 16th, 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘Opportunity there to get more women in particular back into workforce,’ says Taoiseach

Independent TD Mick Wallace  said he had no problem taking his allegations to gardaí. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Wexford TD says he has ‘no problem’ going to gardaí with allegations about payments

 A protester is led away from the Dáil entrance during anti-water charge protests last night. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Opposition launches scathing attack on payment levels of just 43% of customers

Tánaiste Joan Burton said the response to the first round of water bills had been “solid”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Joan Burton claims feedback has been ‘very positive from an awful lot of people’

The billboard ad which was the subject of complaints on Twitter on Wednesday.

Three says campaign was meant to illustrate problems with streaming data

Some problem gamblers may start as early as nine years old, the new study suggests. Photograph: Thinkstock

Researchers find technology such as smartphones has deepened secrecy around online betting

Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection Dara Murphy said the new forum would deal with the opportunities and challenges posed by the increasing use of personal data.

Apple, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook all have representatives in the new forum

Frank O’Toole was remanded on continuing bail for trial on corruption charges in November. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Frank O’Toole to appear before Wicklow Circuit Court over 2006 allegations in November

Former Anglo Irish Bank official Aoife Maguire at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Court Collins.

Former IT staff member says he and colleague ‘not comfortable’ with instruction

Cracks in the outer wall of a house affected by pyrite. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Residents in Meath and Dublin had been forced to move out due to to structural issues

An Bord Pleanála has been told that the consultation process  on a wind farm development in Co Meath has been ‘hopelessly inadequate’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

An Bord Pleanála hears communication with locals on development has been ‘inadequate’

The scale of the planned wind farm in north Co Meath is difficult to understand, a town planner told an oral hearing. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Town planner Ann Mulcrone says turbines are five times bigger than guideline size

Report by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin says pension deductions are ‘integral’ to meeting the  deficit reduction target has said. Photograph: Eric Luke

Report on emergency financial measures says levy raises over €900 million a year

The coffin of mother-of-two Lorna Carty, a victim of the Tunisia terror attack is carried in a hearse, escorted by players from Meath GAA and Dunderry GAA. Photograph: PA

Ms Carty was one of three Irish people killed in gun attack in Tunisia last week

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said people should not be afraid to make complaints against nursing homes. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

More than 3,400 instances of non-compliance with regulations found in 2014 by Hiqa

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said it would be a tragedy for Greece to leave the EU. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Minister says it is ‘hard to follow’ what is going on in Athens

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon and Minister of State for Data Protection Dara Murphy at a seminar in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham on Thursday. Photograph: Maxwells

Seminar hears those dealing with phone queries must be alert to techniques of private investigators

The Department of Social Protection said that from July 2nd, a lone parent whose youngest child is seven years of age or older would “transition” from the one-parent family scheme onto another social welfare payment.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

About 29,400 people moving out of scheme to alternative social welfare payments

Patrick Hopkins of the Charities Regulatory Authority told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice  he believes the salary and bonuses of charity chief executives should be highlighted.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Chairman designate Patrick Hopkins says power would be ‘helpful’ for transparency

Mary Mulvihill:  had a ‘wonderful gift’ for making science  accessible. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Robert Boyle Summer School hears from speakers on the theme of fraud in science

Irish citizens were among those most concerned about not having full control over their personal data online. Photograph: Thinkstock

Survey finds 40% do not mind giving personal information in return for free services

A man lays flowers on Marhaba beach where 38 people were killed on Friday.   Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Tour operator has flight ready to bring 177 to country, 59 of whom have changed plans

Migrants picked up by LÉ Eithne crew earlier this month. Photograph: LÉ Eithne

Irish Naval Service vessel carries out six rescue operations in North African region

 Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Commissioner favours ‘engaged’ approach in talks with Facebook on privacy

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon, at the publication of her office’s annual report. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Helen Dixon addresses controversial collection of information in primary schools

The Health Service Executive (HSE) broke the law by disclosing the salary details of one of its own employees to his ex wife, the Data Protection Commissioner has found.

Annual report by Data Protection Commissioner also reveals passwords of students were published on third-party website

Carol Hartley, Vicki Landua & Rita Derneha from all from Texas as they sign the book of condolences at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin today, for the the six students who died in a balcony collapse in Berkeley, California. Photograph: Fergal Philips

Books of condolence to remain open in some areas next week to allow public pay tribute

The Wolfe Tone Festival, organised by members of Kildare Sinn Féin, was awarded a grant of €600 by Kildare County Council last month.Photograph: Screenshot of

Party’s deputy leader among speakers at event in Sallins, Co Kildare

Audry Deane, SVP social justice and policy officer, John-Mark McCafferty, head of social justice and policy, Kieran Stafford, national vice-president and Liz Kerrins, social policy development officer, at the launch of the Budget 2016 submission. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Charity calls for extension of early childcare schemes in pre-budget submission

Former Anglo Irish Bank official Aoife Maguire at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. Photograph: Court Collins

Fraud officer examined work by team he had been involved in, court hears

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