Prof Eoin O’Dell  was commenting on the general scheme of the Data Protection Bill 2017 published by Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald earlier this month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Failure to provide right to compensation ‘could leave State open to damages claims’

File photograph of the cockpit of a training aircraft at the Pilot Training College of Ireland, Waterford.

Oireachtas committee hears of financial troubles after Waterford company liquidated

 Dr Dennis Jennings told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance public confidence in the data protections provided by Government systems was required before making an ID system compulsory.

Dr Dennis Jennings says individuals must be given access to data the State holds on them

According to Trinity College scientists, one in 10 of the population is at risk from radon

Scientists produce new map showing areas at risk from radon gas

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe said it would  be compulsory for all passport applicants to hold a public services card. Photograph: Eric Luke

Civil liberties watchdog calls for clarity on whether Government intends to introduce compulsory identity card

The Government is examining potential uses for the public services card, including as a passport card.

Cost of cards payable in full if delivery target of three million is not met

Sample Public Services Card: Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe confirmed that all passport applicants will be required to have the document   from the autumn

Public Services Card will be required for passport and drivers licence applicants

While Ministers have insisted the card will not be compulsory, making it a requirement for all passport and driving licence applications  means it will become so over time for anyone wishing to travel or drive a car

Paschal Donohoe says rise in terrorism requires ‘robust’ verification of identity

Bill would ensure public bodies shared data ‘where it is appropriate to do so’

Legislation a ‘significant structural reform’ of use of personal data by the State

The UK was the market for 50 per cent, or 270,000 tonnes, of Irish beef exports -  a loss of access due to Brexit would destabilise the overall dairy sector in Ireland, Irish Farmers’ Association president Joe Healy said. File photograph: iStockPhoto

UK should stay in Customs Union, farming and food bodies tell Seanad committee

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald published the General Scheme of the Data Protection Bill 2017 on Friday. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Group concerned at lack of resources for protection of victims of sexual violence

Tusla has warned that it may not have received reports of child protection concerns sent to it by email since last Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Child and Family Agency may not have received reports of concerns since Friday

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney has backed the Garda Commissioner. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Housing minister says ‘calling for heads’ over Templemore irregularities will not solve issues

The shortage of young qualified pharmacists poses a threat to the community pharmacy sector, the conference heard.

Conference hears qualified people are leaving the profession to pursue other careers

A bird’s nest burned in a gorse fire in Coumkeen near Bantry, Co Cork. Photograph: BirdWatch Ireland

BirdWatch Ireland calls for enforcement of existing regulations on burning in uplands

The huge gorse fire at Ballintogher in Sligo, which raged for more than 30 hours. Photograph: Sligo County Council

Wildlife group warns of enormous damage caused to areas with special environmental protection

Flooding along the banks of the Shannon River near Athlone in 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Engineers Ireland event hears failure to implement risk measures would cause huge cost

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s role will be central as it will be the lead supervisory authority  for the regulation of the many multinational companies established here, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Apple. Photograph: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Legislation drawn up to implement EU regulation anticipates significant extra workload for Irish watchdog

The National Standards Authority of Ireland noted that almost one in five fatal fires in the State was caused by an electrical appliance. Photograph: iStock

Blogger Grace McDermott died in fire believed to be caused by fault with phone charger

Chief executive of Barnardos Fergus Finlay said people living in overcrowded situations were all too often missing from the debate about the housing crisis. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Number of households paying €300 per week in rent has ‘shot up’

Census figures  reveal  total housing stock grew by just 8,800 (0.4 per cent) in the five years from 2011..

CSO figures show Dublin city rents increased by almost 30 per cent since 2011

The Department of Foreign Affairs said the new online passport application service had cost €904,000 to date. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Photo-Me to keep personal data within EU, not outside European Economic Area

Japanese knotweed in the River Feale catchment, from a report received via the new app

Limerick local authority will feed valuable data into national biodiversity database

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon criticises PeoplePoint in her annual  report. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Data Protection Commissioner says audit reveals ‘completely unacceptable’ situation

Unions are to lift their pickets on Bus Éireann depots pending a ballot on the Labour Court recommendations. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Labour Court recommendation includes 200 job losses and closure of maintenance garage

Michael ‘Mafiaboy’ Calce believes hackers can be reformed to realise they can do good and still have challenges.

Hackers vastly outnumber IT security professionals , says reformed ‘black hat’

The Yahoo  data breach involved the accounts of 500 million  customers

Data Protection Commissioner has engaged ‘intensively’ with Facebook and WhatsApp

The Data Protection Commissioner’s annual report for 2016 includes a case where   a primary school’s computer systems were encrypted and held to ransom by hackers.

Data Protection Commissioner says school had lack of training on email attachments

 Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon published her annual report for 2016 on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Report reveals a school's student data was hacked and a ransom demanded for release of files

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

Data Protection Commissioner warns companies over use of private investigators who track vehicles

Public and private hospitals are to be examined to ensure sensitive patient files are handled properly.

Data Protection Commissioner to examine how staff deal with sensitive information in public areas

Dermot O’Leary of  the National Bus and Railworkers’ Union: “My members and the people who rely on the service require a solution.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Union negotiators gather at Workplace Relations Commission to finalise solution

Busáras in Dublin during the Bus Éireann strike. Monday marks day 18 of the industrial action. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Siptu official says all sides want to resolve dispute when talks resume on Monday

Trainee doctors: bullying victims are likely to consider leaving medical practice in Ireland. Photograph:  Robert Daly/Caiaimage/Getty

One-third of trainee doctors victimised at work in health service, research suggests

Visitors spent over €6.5bn on trips away, including €3.9bn on holidays

Danny Healy-Rae: “Two glasses or three glasses of Guinness did not cause an accident for anybody,” according to the Kerry TD. Photograph: Alan Betson

Kerry TD says ‘bushes and bridges’ rather than alcohol to blame for deaths on roads

Six food businesses were served with FSAI closure orders last month.   File photograph: Lisa Lake/Getty Images

Café in Blackrock Market among premises to receive FSAI orders over food safety breaches

Data Protection Commissioner: Helen Dixon insists that her office is entirely independent from the Government. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Submission on Freedom of Information law said multinationals needed guarantee of confidentiality

HP said the new A3 printers would offer advanced security features “unmatched in the marketplace”. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

New range of A3 printers set for 80 countries will defend themselves against hackers

The offences were allegedly committed when the defendants were carrying out background checks for insurance companies.

Firm alleged to have obtained personal information from Government department

(From left) Minister of State David Stanton, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon and Ombudsman Peter Tyndall. Photograph: Bryan Brophy

Asylum seekers given right to take issues about State services and accommodation to two watchdogs

Sinn Féin has tabled a motion of no confidence in Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan due to recent controversies involving the force. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister says Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil both want same thing in terms of policing reform

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney said the core issue in the housing market was a dramatic supply shortage in parts of the country. Photograph: Fennells

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty calls for help-to-buy scheme to be scrapped

A pensioner who was sent to Mountjoy Prison (pictured) over his  failure to pay court-ordered instalments on a €5,000 judgment debt has been freed by the High Court.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Free Legal Advice Centres says case highlights ‘major failings’ in State’s laws

The online passport application service will work for both passport books and cards, and is available to adult citizens over 18 who already have a passport

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says service is a ‘significant innovation’

Professor Siobhan Mullally f has been elected president of the Council of Europe’s group Greta. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Prof Siobhán Mullally of UCC elected president of Council of Europe expert group

Caroline Criado-Perez speaks at an event in London.

Caroline Criado-Perez targeted online after campaign to get woman’s face on banknote

Raymond Doyle, from Ashbourne, and his 17-month-old daughter Daisey-Ray, with striking Bus Éireann workers and other transport workers at a protest outside Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister of Transport tells Oireachtas committee he has ‘no agenda’ to privatise company

 Council of Europe urged the State to make progress towards regime that is ‘more respectful of the human rights of women’. Photograph: Getty Images

State criticised over gender stereotyping, domestic violence and school admissions

Statement says unexplained outage since Sunday evening currently being investigated

TD Ruth Coppingers says figures show ‘the absolute cowboy behaviour by many landlords in the private rented sector’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Three most common issues were rent arrears, over–holding and invalid notice of termination

The Society of St Vincent de Paul said  the structural changes under discussion required “careful implementation through a sensitive process”.

St Vincent de Paul says governance changes to MABS must not dilute supports available

Researchers said their discovery had the potential to contribute to the identification of biological markers that predict the development of Type 1 diabetes

Hopes that discovery may lead to screening test for the most serious type of diabetes

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has signed aspects of the new Sexual Offences Bill into law. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Legislation criminalises purchase of sex, creates new offences to stop child exploitation

Moyagh Murdock has appealed to TDs to back the plan to change the drink-driving laws. Photograph: Sara Freund

TDs urged to back reversal of rule which allows first-time offenders escape conviction

 Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar  was at Facebook’s HQ in Dublin to mark Mother’s Day. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Social Protection urges firms to provide generous parental leave packages

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Reaction: FF leader calls on commissioner to consider her position in absence of clarity

Some 245 reports of racist crimes were made through the State’s tracking system, the European Network Against Racism (Enar), between July-December 2016. File photograph: Frank Miller

Review under way as State one of minority of EU nations that does not have law on issue

Just 11 per cent of Irish teens have mastered fundamental movement skills they should have mastered by the age of six. Photograph: Alan Betson

Researchers and GAA team up with aim of reaching 130,000 students

Minister of State for Data Protection Dara Murphy and the Government’s Data Forum announced on Tuesday  a data summit will take place in  Dublin in June.

Conference to explore challenges for ‘data economy’ including privacy in the digital age

Hospital consultants said yesterday the problems were at such a critical level that patient care and safety was compromised ‘on a daily basis’.

Staff shortages resulting in compromised care on daily basis, Irish Hospital Consultants’ Association says

A sequoia felled at the Longford estate. Photograph: Friends of the Irish Environment

Investigation as at least nine trees up to 80 years old cut down on Castleforbes estate

Leo Sherlock  is being sued in two separate civil actions by Independent Newspapers (Ireland) Ltd and CCC Nuacht Teoranta

Website owner being sued by Independent Newspapers (Ireland) Ltd and CCC Nuacht Teoranta

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “Where persons have been identified as a threat to national security by An Garda Síochána it remains open to me to make deportation orders against such persons”

Minister for Justice tells Dáil the process leading to deportation is ‘extensive’

One fifth of the country’s population gets its drinking water from small private wells, the EPA has said.

Report by EPA finds small private supplies offer some of State’s worst quality water

 Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown, who has completed his term in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Vatican yet to announce successor for New York-born Archbishop Charles Brown

Protesters call for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment outside the Dáil. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

International Women’s Day protests call for access to abortion care in Ireland

Kurt Pipal, FBI (left) and Hank Thomas, Strategic Cyber Ventures, speaking on cybersecurity – how to respond to growing threats at ZeroDayCon in the Convention Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Zero Day Conference in Dublin hears about clear and present danger of cybercrime

 Isolde Goggin: The chair of the   Competition and Consumer Protection Commission said compliance with the Consumer Rights Directive was “a high-priority enforcement focus”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Consumer regulator took 40 enforcement actions against 33 traders in 2016

A private investigation firm and its two directors are being prosecuted for allegedly obtaining personal information from gardaí and Department of Social Welfare officials.

Eamon O’Mordha and wife face more than 100 charges over inquiries into insurance claims

Historian Catherine Corless at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Co Galway: remains were contained in at least 17 of 20 underground chambers. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Women call for former mother and baby homes in Cork and Dublin to be investigated

Tom Warde, Loughrea, who was born at the mother and baby home in Tuam, and lived there until he was five. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Caller speaks of visit to mother and baby home in 1975 as Amnesty seeks investigation

The entrance to a former Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Reuters

Colm O’Gorman says commission must not repeat mistakes of response to Magdalene reports

Tom Warde, Loughrea, Walter Francis, Athenry and P.J. Haverty speak to Minister Katherine Zappone at the site of the Tuam Mothers and Baby home. Photo: Ray Ryan

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone says news is ‘sad and disturbing’ but not unexpected

Investigation alleges animals exported from Ireland and other EU countries were abused and poorly treated. Photograph: iStockphoto

‘Guardian’ says it has undercover footage of animals being beaten and shocked with prods

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon: she had refused to provide details of lobbying last year by Yahoo, Ibec, Microsoft, the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland and other organisations. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ruling accepts that records of contacts with Ibec, Yahoo and Microsoft are part of statutory function

 “Just yesterday we saw an orchestrated attack on a lot of our Irish enterprise customers from a piece of Russian malware.” Photograph: iStockphoto

Dublin conference will hear cyberattacks from China and Russia at unprecedented level

Philip  Watt  said there has been virtually no focus on the impact of Britain’s exit from the EU on our health systems.

Medical group says research needed immediately to avoid disruption to health service

Residents of the building that went on fire on Mountjoy Square last week pictured outside the premises: Dayane Silva  and Laís Souza, Brazil, Jehan Fouquet, France, Lirlanda Freites and Yara Silva, Brazil. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ex-tenants facing problems sourcing new accommodation after north inner city blaze

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at  the Irish Tax Institute’s Annual Dinner at The Clayton Hotel  with its   chief executive Martin Lambe and president Mark Barrett. Photograph: Maxwells Dublin

Minister for Finance identifies Donald Trump’s tax policies as risk to the State

Tony O’Brien, Director of the HSE, was informed of the burglary on the morning of the incident. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Break-in aided by scaffolding took place at Dr Steevens’ Hospital in Dublin this month

The weaponisation of information: Wars once fought on land, at sea and in the air are now being fought online.

The RSA conference in San Francisco heard of threats by botnets and connected devices

Minister for Health Simon Harris said he wanted to see construction work on the new National Children’s Hospital start this year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Simon Harris says media figures on campus costs ‘not comparing apples with apples’

Tanya Ward, chief executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance:  its report criticised the performance on homelessness, rights of Travellers and Roma children and  mental health, among other areas. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Children’s Rights Alliance report gives State a D+ grade overall, a drop on previous years

Dame Stella Rimington told the RSA Conference in San Francisco that when the intelligence services began dealing with suicide bombers, they could no longer afford to wait.

Advent of suicide bombers has meant less time for services to act, says Stella Rimington

John Lithgow warming up  the  40,000 cyber security professionals at the RSA Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.

‘These were Americans in the crosshairs of the Kremlin’ US congressman tells RSA

The RSA Conference heard that the number of ransomware attacks has exploded in recent years. Image: iStock

Organisations told they need to find ‘the right balance between man or machine’

Cyber attack scenarios at the RSA conference included  autonomous cars being hacked and directed at a single target, or attacks on medical devices that might  cost lives

RSA conference told of threats to democracy posed by hackers

Michael McCaul, citing Russian and Chinese hacking, said it was clear to him that adversaries were turning digital and overtaking defences.

US homeland security committee chair tells cybersecurity event that democracy is at risk

The Rape Crisis Network is worried inexpert use of  data may result in the accidental identification of survivors. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Rape Crisis Network among NGOs before UN committee in Geneva on Monday

Clockwise from top left: Maurice McCabe, Frances Fitzgerald, Katherine Zappone and Enda Kenny

Taoiseach and Tánaiste say they didn’t ask Zappone about McCabe meeting

Pacino’s Restaurant on Suffolk Street in Dublin. Photograph: Google Street View

Food Safety Authority list for January includes restaurants, takeaways and retailers

Brendan Tierney of  the Revive Northwest campaign group protesting outside Leinster House. The  group are seeking a motorway  connecting Sligo with Dublin and other improvements. Photograph: Eric Luke

Protesters bring appeal to Leinster House for motorway and broadband

Max Schrems, Austrian law student and data-privacy activist. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Bloomberg

Treatment of EU citizens’ data by US will be critical to outcome of High Court case

Austrian privacy campaigner and lawyer Max Schrems

Q&A: Your questions answered on the Data Protection Commissioner privacy case

‘Forcing pubs and all licensed hospitality businesses to close sends a very negative signal to tourists.’ Photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Pub trade in annual plea to stop ‘archaic and discriminatory’ block on sale of alcohol

Helen Dixon: Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner wants the High Court to refer issues concerning the validity of data transfer channels  to Europe for determination. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Facebook and privacy campaigner party to action by Data Protection Commissioner

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Frances Fitzgerald says legislation will also make underage marriage ‘thing of the past’

Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee TD  receives a petition of almost 12,00 signatures from Shari McDaid ,  calling for the delivery of 24/7  crisis mental health services across Ireland. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Minister of State Helen McEntee handed petition of 12,000 signatures at Leinster House

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