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

EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan: he has launched a consultation on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (Cap): Photograph: David Sleator

IFA says reform of €59bn subsidy programme must include improving prices for farmers

Shane Ross says he is not going to dictate whether the loss-making Expressway service should be closed down

Minister rejects calls from members of Oireachtas Committee on Transport to get involved in dispute

Union says Denis O’Brien is a ‘person of interest’ to committee over Celtic Media takeover. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Union calls on Tipperary TD Michael Lowry to recuse himself in any inquiry on INM deal

Prof Niall Moyna of the Centre for Preventive Medicine at Dublin City University. “We should move away from the rigidity of the current PE curriculum to short periods of physical activity that encourage senior-cycle students, particularly girls, to stay active.” Photograph: Declan Roughan/©INPHO/Presseye

Research for health insurer involved more than 22,000 students all over Ireland

Minister of State for Financial Services Eoghan Murphy will travel to London on Monday to promote Ireland as the “location of choice” for financial services companies looking to access the European Single Market.

Eoghan Murphy says visit is part of efforts to mitigate downside of Brexit

Dara Murphy: the Minister told the event that Ireland would host a data summit on June 15th and 16th. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Data protection event hears organisations must be ready for new EU rules in 2018

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon

Oireachtas committee told role envisaged for Data Protection Commissioner ‘not appropriate’

Creator of ‘privacy by design’ concept to address event at Aviva Stadium in Dublin

Dara Murphy: The Minister for European Affairs said the   impact on Ireland of a hard Brexit  “would be in the half-penny place compared to the economic devastation that a withdrawal from the EU would cause.”

Dara Murphy criticises talk that State should threaten to leave EU amid uncertainty

Carbon Market Watch claims State is among those using ‘flexibilities’ in environmental laws

Minister for Energy Denis Naughten: has indicated that customers would begin receiving smart meters in late 2018 “at the earliest”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Traditional meters to be replaced with no need for home visit to have meter read

Payroll service: a data breach by  PeoplePoint has been reported. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty

Data Protection Commissioner notified after PeoplePoint wrongly sends file to HR official

The Rape Crisis Network Ireland has called for evidence given by survivors of sexual violence to be pre-recorded. Photograph: Robert Daly/Getty Images

Rape Crisis Network expresses concern in report to UN over funding and data collection

An internal audit presented to management in June last year found the HSE did not have a single register of all mobile devices and there was a risk of them being issued without appropriate approval. File photograph: Getty Images

Controls to ensure return of devices when users leave HSE ‘ineffective’ at time of audit

Potatoes and bread cooked at high temperatures for a long time could increase the risk of cancer in people who eat them regularly,  scientists have said. File photograph: Getty Images

Burnt offerings: Potential cancer risks can be reduced by boiling or steaming foods

Safe Harbour was struck down by the Court of Justice of the European Union in October 2015 following a challenge in the Irish courts by Austrian campaigner Max Schrems (pictured) over concerns about US surveillance of citizens. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

US joins challenge by Digital Rights Ireland on privacy of data sent from Europe to America

The late Dermot Gallagher, whose funeral took place on Wednesday. Photograph: David Sleator

Parish priest Fr Gerry Stuart says late civil servant’s life was rooted in family and friends

MCO Projects Ltd managing director Laura Magahy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Company headed by Laura Magahy worked on diverse health service reform projects

University Hospital Limerick: earlier this month there were 60 patients on trolleys in the emergency department and on general wards

UK firm led by ‘organisational architect’ got three payments of €18,500 for ‘values in action’ programme

Richard Kearney: There was a feeling of how did this happen? Photograph: iStock

Philosopher Richard Kearney of Boston College says people wanted charisma

Residents leave Apollo House for alternative accommodation. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Backers of campaign ‘are heroes in a country in dire need of heroes’, says Brendan Ogle

Volunteers hug each other as homeless residents leave Apollo House on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

HSH group had been occupying vacant building to accommodate homeless people

Seamus Mallon: “‘Cash for ash’ scheme just tip of an iceberg which has been in many ways rotten to the core.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former deputy first minister says both Irish and British governments must have role

Occupiers of Apollo House unfurl a banner reading ‘Homes not hostels’ on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Dean Ruxton

Home Sweet Home campaigners say they will not vacate building as per court order

A wind map for Ireland on Wednesday. Darker reds indicate stronger winds. Photograph: Magic Seaweed

Heaviest snowfall expected over Ulster, Connacht and north Leinster

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has insisted First Minister Arlene Foster’s position was ‘untenable’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Pearse Doherty echoes Adams’s statement that Foster’s position was ‘not tenable’

A snow covered bicycle stands in Wiesbaden, central Germany, on Tuesday. A icy weather warning is in place for parts of Ireland from Wednesday. Photograph: Getty

Weather warning in place for parts of country from Wednesday until Saturday

Largo Food, based in Ashbourne, was prosecuted by Health Service Executive (HSE) environmental health officers under an EU law regulating safe food and animal feed.  Photograph: Mr Tayto Facebook page

Four closure orders, one prohibition order served on businesses in December

 Ally chairwoman  Gemma Rowley and minister of state for women’s affairs Nuala Fennell at the launch  of the Reach Out campaign in 1985. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

Federated Union of Employers said Act had ‘imposed constraints’ on employers

Former taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald presented a progress report on the issue. Photograph: Frank Miller

The State had to introduce legislation following its accession to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discriminat(...)

Minister of State for Justice David Stanton said the department was in discussion with  the offices of the Ombudsman and the Ombudsman for Children with a view to extending their remit.

Charity says Ombudsman for Children should be able to investigate issues

Supporters of the residents of Apollo House march to the  Department of Finance. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Campaigners say 205 homeless people were helped or given shelter at office building over Christmas

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone will host a seminar on Brexit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Children expresses concern over child protection after the UK’s exit from EU

Gardaí at the scene of the stabbing at Oranmore Road, Ballyfermot. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pensioner Bridie Smith remains critical after attack on doorstep in Ballyfermot

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said it was disappointing to see that that the name Charlie has dropped down to number 24 from last year’s rank of 11. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Freya and Muhammad the highest new entries for infants issued with travel documents

Garret FitzGerald: attended the Bilderberg conference in 1985 and 1986. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Taoiseach’s attendance at controversial summit of global elite criticised by Haughey

HIV virus: the memo from then minister for justice Michael Noonan notes that seminars had been given to prison staff and prisoners to educate them about HIV/Aids, but communication indicates the level of fear around HIV/Aids in the 1980s

State Papers 1986: Minister spoke of unease in prisons, in view of publicity Aids received

Mountjoy Prison: was down daily about 30-40 posts.  Photograph: David Sleator

State Papers 1986: Alan Dukes sought 352 extra jail staff in context of huge overtime

Tony Ryan:  co-founder of Ryanair.  The company carried 82,000 passengers in 1986, its first full year in operation.

Correspondence reveals chairman AJ Walls’ frustration with Jim Mitchell’s stance

People stranded by Hurricane Charley in August 1986 struggle to get their car moving in the floods

State Papers 1986: Funding uninsured companies ‘would have serious implications’

President Patrick Hillery at Áras An Uachtaráin. Photograph: Pat Langan

State papers 1986: Patrick Hillery declined rebate of £4,200 after State visit with family to Australia

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia arrive at Dublin Airport on July 1st 1986. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

State papers 1986: Irish embassy officials in Madrid issued guidance ahead of visit by Juan Carlos I

The Jim Larkin statue on O’Connell Street. The State was in deep recession in 1986, with unemployment running at some 17 per cent.  Photograph:  Frank Miller

FitzGerald denied government itself could create “genuine meaningful jobs”

Minister Jim Mitchell, second from left, sought government approval to increase the television licence fee.

State papers 1986: Minister strongly critical of broadcaster’s handling of its finances

Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald with US president Ronald Reagan. Photograph from: ‘Just Garret’ by Garret FitzGerald, Liberties Press

State papers 1986: Taoiseach thanked US president for his support during ‘long negotiations’

Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich: in Australia on “private visit” during pope’s trip. Photograph: PA Wire

State papers 1986: Correspondence from Irish ambassador said cardinal was not invited

Labour Party leader Dick Spring speaking at a press conference to urge a Yes vote in the 1986 divorce referendum. Photograph: Jack McManus

State papers 1986: Department files review options in event of passing of divorce referendum in June

Italian president Francisco Cossiga was given gifts worth almost £1,500.

State papers 1986: Bono on guest list but bishops invited ‘in error’

John Bruton, seen here with taoiseach  Garret FitzGerald, warned of “serious emerging excesses”. Photograph: Pat Langan

Minister for finance ordered cabinet colleagues to take ‘firm action’, 1986 files show

Anti-divorce campaigner Úna Bean Mhic Mhathúna. Photograph: Frank Miller

State papers 1986: Catholic Church leaders held five-hour meeting with taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald

News review of 2016

 Home Sweet Home supporters outside the High Court in Dublin on Wednesday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Home Sweet Home says Nama Act allows Noonan to wipe out problem ‘at stroke of a pen’

Heavy winds are on the way as Storm Barbara sets in. Photograph: Eric Luke

Met Éireann warns of heavy rain and wind sweeping across the country on Friday

 Caitríona Redmond and her husband John will  see their monthly household income increase by around €300 now that Ulster Bank have reinstated them on a tracker mortgage rate

Caitríona Redmond from Balbriggan says the saving of €300 per month will take family out of ‘dire straits’

‘My Friend Cayla’. US campaigners have lodged complaints over the doll that connects via an app to the internet.

Data Protection Commissioner says the objects may record ‘sensitive’ information

Privacy Shield was signed off by the European Commission and the US department of commerce in July after lengthy negotiations. It replaces the Safe Harbour arrangement struck down by the European Court of Justice in October 2015

Digital Rights Ireland is claiming before EU court that Privacy Shield does not sufficiently protect personal data of EU citize(...)

Yahoo said personal information including names, email addresses and security questions were all accessed by a “third-party” in the August 2013 breach.

Tech giant says data from more than 1 billion accounts stolen in 2013 cyber attack

ISPCC chief executive Grainia Long: progress   on housing plan  is “insufficient”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Charity says homeless children in Ireland have less legal protection than those in UK

Data dilemma: the MyGovID online platform for citizens to access State services, which last week won an award in the Civil Service Excellence and Innovation awards, appears to ignore the European Court of Justice ruling in the Bara case.

Question marks remain over whether the various departments have a legal basis for sharing citizens’ data

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina visit the A Thousand Reasons, One Wish exhibition at Liberty Hall. With the President are, from left, Ivar Rocha Arias (Peru), Jayson Montenegro (Philippines), Edna Tuazon (Philippines), Pria Ramsurn (Mauritius), Irene Jagoba (Philippines) and Alma Imus, (Philippines). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A Thousand Reasons, One Wish: ‘Don’t look at colour of my skin, look at me as a human being’

At the end of each month, Tesco stores divide a sum of money from the community fund among the charities based on the number of tokens they have received. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Shankill store withdraws ‘blue token’ collection for Every Life Counts

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar launching an Awareness Campaign encouraging parents to apply for Paternity Benefit at the National Maternity Hospital , Holles street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Social Protection says approved applications doubled in October

Almost every second lone mother (49 per cent) across the EU and a third of lone fathers (32 per cent) are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, a report published by the European Institute for Gender Equality has found. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

EU gender equality body says almost half of lone mothers in EU face poverty

The Cessna aircraft was badly damaged in the skydiving incident in August 2015 Photograph: Air Accident Investigation Unit

Student’s parachute got entangled in tail of aircraft during incident in Offaly in 2015

Roberto Viola, director general of DG Connect, the directorate responsible for the Digital Single Market

Commissioner Viola says number of Irish people with digital skills static for three years

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said new supports would better facilitate the work involved in opening a new school. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Education makes changes to allow early payment of capitation funding

Justice Mary Laffoy, Chairperson at The Citizens Assembly, in the Grand Hotel Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Members call for range of views from pro-choice and anti-abortion groups

Dr Mark Sheehan of the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre addressed the Citizens’ Assembly on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Ethics adviser Dr Sheehan talks to assembly about how people arrive at their views

 Ballydowd in west Dublin caters for boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 17 who are detained under a High Court care order for a short-term period when their behaviour poses a risk of harm to their safety and welfare. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Hiqa finds risk over approach to allegations against staff at Ballydowd facility for children

Irish writer William Trevor has died at the age of 88. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Writer was born in Mitchelstown in Co Cork and educated at Trinity College Dublin

‘Alcohol or tobacco products bought online or by mail order are liable to tax and duty on arrival in the State’, says Revenue.

In 2016 Revenue applied charges to more than 70,000 packages adding an average €33 in tax per parcel

The Iona Institute has criticised a response by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission  to the Education (Admissions to Schools) Bill, 2016. File photograph: Getty Images

Christian group claims recommendations of rights body threatens faith formation in schools

Russian ambassador Maxim A Peshkov before the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs: “How and who will lead this country is not our business, it’s not your business”

Maxim A Peshkov told by Oireachtas committee to convey Ireland’s horror at crisis

Records released recently showed sales of deer culled from herds in the park have generated almost €10,000 for the State in the last three years. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Animals shot as part of ‘sustainable management’ of population

Focus Ireland founder Sr Stanislaus Kennedy with fundraising co-director Sinéad Compton and her two children Aaron and Meabh at the launch of the Christmas appeal. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Focus Ireland launches annual campaign to support poor and 1,200 homeless families

The International Association of Privacy Professionals estimates that about 11,800 positions will be created in the EU in response to the new law. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Some firms may face ‘operational hurdles’ over new law, privacy organisation says

Hot topic: protecting the personal data of EU citizens

Digital Rights Ireland seeks declaration that data transfer framework is ‘null and void’

A consultation paper published by the Department of Justice notes that usage of new digital technologies is high among children. Photograph: Getty Images

Publication notes children lacking in sufficient maturity may be vulnerable to online risks

 The UK Information Commissioner’s Office says Facebook has agreed to suspend using data from UK users of its WhatsApp messaging app for advertisements. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

Data Protection Commissioner will take ‘appropriate action’ after analysing new terms

John Dolan (left): we have witnessed  “start of the unravelling of the discipline of the Lansdowne Road agreement”.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Groups call for supports for assistive technologies for older people and disabled

Shoppers on Grafton street, Dublin, in the run-up to Christmas. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Shops welcome suspension of Luas works for festive period but some complain of impact

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald appointed the judge to carry out the review of the legislation  in  January after it emerged the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission had accessed the phone records of two journalists. File photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Report into legislation used to access journalists’ details not complete 10 months on

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