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

 Vincent Crowley welcome the Tánaiste’s forthcoming review of the Defamation Act. Photograph: Frank Miller

Vincent Crowley outlines concerns at event in Dublin’s Mansion House

The Irish Times 1916 site: innovative multimedia

Remembering the 1916 Rising package on wins Digital Innovation title

Nursing home care:  19 inspection reports published by Hiqa. Photograph: Michael Donne/Science Photo Library

Beechwood House commits to review after report on May inspection raises concerns

The report found that the increasing number of students with mental health difficulties and their needs had not been matched by more services.

Increasing number of students with mental health difficulties has not been matched by more services

Digital Rights Ireland’s case is that the country has failed to properly implement EU data protection law, or to follow the requirements of the Charter of Fundamental Rights by failing to ensure the commissioner is genuinely independent from the Government.

Privacy group takes challenge on Data Protection Commissioner’s independence

RCNI executive director Dr Clíona Saidléar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Rape Crisis Network Ireland expresses concern over data presented by child and family agency

People attend a demonstration against TTIP and Ceta in the centre of Brussels in September. Photograph: Reuters/Eric Vidal

Heritage charity seeks assurance that Ceta will not prevent strong environmental laws

Digital Rights Ireland will claim that the European Commission’s “finding of adequacy” position on Privacy Shield is void. Image: iStock

Digital Rights Ireland take case on data transfer between EU and US to EU court

A proposed traffic management plan for the Sandymount to Blackrock area of south Dublin would involve closing Merrion Gates to through traffic and the compulsory purchase of approximately 35 properties.  Photograph: Eric Luke

National Transport Authority launches consultation on coastal ‘bottleneck’

Changes have been agreed in relation to the scheme that provides special assistance for students with learning difficulties or other issues when they sit  State exams. Photograph: David Jones/PA

Assistance scheme reviewed after multiple complaints from parents and students

Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney: asked by Donegal Fianna Fáil TD Charlie about   the position regarding the situation facing farmers who were unable to empty slurry tanks in advance of the October 15th nitrates directive deadline. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Concerns for penalties over inability to empty slurry tanks due to wet conditions

Book wholesaler action: The Workplace Relations Commission ordered the firm to pay the man approximately six months salary saying it punished him with dismissal in 2013 “for revealing the true nature of his condition” Photograph: iStock/Getty

Man whose wife had cancer ‘punished’ for revealing condition, commission finds

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

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