A Bleeper Bike parked at the Grand Canal dock area in Dublin early last week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Private company’s short-term bicycle rental scheme rolled out ‘prematurely’, says DCC

Tom and Kathleen Devereaux spoke to ‘Liveline’ after Kathleen was prevented from joining her husband in his nursing home. Photograph: Liveline

Simon Harris urges HSE to resolve problem after husband and wife of 63 years ‘separated’

The US supreme court has been asked by the US government to decide a case involving efforts by law enforcement to access emails held on a Microsoft server in Dublin. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Four-year battle escalates in law enforcement efforts to gain access to EU citizen’s data

A screenshot taken from CCTV footage of the tractor on the railway line. Photograph: Iarnród Éireann.

Irish Rail said Maynooth-Sligo services faced some disruption

The new Sumatran tiger cub at Fota Wildlife Park in Carrigtwohill, Cork, with its mother Dourga. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Fewer than 500 of the endangered subspecies remain in the wild

There were  9.7 million bed nights in the first quarter of the year and the average length of stay was six nights. Photograph: iStock

UK and Spain most popular destinations as outbound visitors spend €1.2 billion

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said many public-sector bodies seemed to “struggle enormously with the high-level, principles-based nature of data-protection law”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Data Protection Commissioner addresses first Data Summit organised by Government

Barrister Dr Denis Kelleher before the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality on Wednesday.

Oireachtas committee told social media firms must identify whether users adults or children

Eoghan Dunne was referred to Portiuncula hospital with  fever in 2012. Over a 12-hour period there was a progressive deterioration in his condition. He developed sepsis and multi-organ failure and  will require 24-hour care for the rest of his life. Photograph: RTÉ Investigates

Eoghan Dunne suffered sepsis after referral to Portiuncula Hospital with fever in 2012

Former US ambassador Dan Rooney, pictured outside the American Embassy in Dublin in 2011. Several hundred people attended a Mass on Tuesday to remember Mr Rooney, who died aged 84 on April 13th.  Photograph: Eric Luke

President Michael D Higgins attends Mass for late US ambassador and philanthropist

The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (Tilda) report looked at more than 8,000 people aged over 50, focusing on 325 people who retired during the survey period between 2009 and 2015. Photograph: Getty

Retirees less likely to have financial difficulties than those working, says Trinity report

 Bleeperbike said the company could not wait to go through the licensing procedures because it had secured a ‘first-mover’ advantage in the market.   Ireland’s first app powered stationless bike sharing service showcases its bikes above. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Dublin City Council says Bleeperbike launch is ‘premature’ and bicycles are ‘unlicensed’

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald delivers the address at the commemoration for former taoiseach John A. Costello at Deansgrange Cemetery on Sunday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Frances Fitzgerald delivers address 126 years after birth of former taoiseach

Maire Whelan who was appointed to the Court of Appeal by President Michael D Higgins this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil asks whether three judges who expressed interest were interviewed

Leo Varadkar addressing the Data Summit in Dublin, his first public appearance at an event as Taoiseach. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In first public duty, Taoiseach says service requires huge investment in technology

 Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Commissioner raises issues over proposals for implementation of new EU regulation

Just 50 per cent of people believe An Garda Síochána is effective in tackling crime, the force’s Public Attitudes Survey 2016 has found. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Garda survey shows number of people who have experienced crime down to 8%

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has asked for details of how the State shares foreign intelligence information.

ICCL and other bodies ask governments to disclose details of arrangements for sharing data

Customers will not be permitted to withdraw large sums or transact foreign currency and coin services within these “cashless” branches.

Advocacy group for older people concerned about impact of closures on rural communities

Last week, 100 nurses and midwives in Scotland applied to work with the Health Service Executive in Ireland. Photograph: Frank Miller

Stephen McLarnon says overcrowding in Britain ‘putting some Irish nurses off’ going

Sister Aaliya and imam of the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council. Photograph: Alan Betson

Convert ‘Sister Aaliya’ says at least 150 radicalised Muslims living in Ireland

Leo Varadkar: “We must ensure that the Brexit talks are handled in a smooth and coherent manner”. Photograph: EPA

Fine Gael leader and opposition respond to results of Westminster poll

The number of patients on hospital waiting lists rose to more than 564,000 people in May. Photograph: Frank Miller

New figures show over 85,000 waiting for inpatient treatment in State’s hospitals

“Twenty-four months waiting, where if your aneurysm bursts it’s fatal,” said Bernadette Nolan. It was “like living with a time-bomb.” Photograph: iStockphoto

Case study: Peter Nolan (58) from Bray, on waiting list for heart operation since last year

A total of 120,894 mortgages on principal dwellings were classified as restructured as at the end of March.

Central Bank: more than 120,000 mortgages on principal dwellings are restructured

Information Commissioner Peter Tyndall. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Olympic ticket scandal, MMA death behind rise in requests to Department of Transport

  Leo Varadkar   is to establish a special Cabinet sub committee on national security when he takes over as Taoiseach. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

President Higgins sends sympathy of Irish people to London victims and their families

#ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling: tweeters rejected the New York Times’s take on Saturday’s terror attacks in London

#ThingsThatLeaveBritainReeling: humour and resilience in wake of London killings

Two women hug after bringing flowers to the north side of London Bridge following the terrorist incidents. Photograph: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Dublin-based doctor was having dinner with boyfriend when pandemonium broke out

At the Bloom festival President Michael D Higgins – while not naming the US president by name – appeared to deliver a rebuke to Donald Trump’s views that climate change is a “hoax”. Photograph: PA

President delivers rebuke to world leaders who ‘should know better’ on climate change

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall: of 55 alleged welfare overpayment complaints examined, his office has finalised 25 of the cases and upheld 15. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ombudsman’s annual report details complaints about welfare and child protection

The President, Michael D Higgins, talks with Olusegun Obasanjo, the co-chairman of the InterAction Council, at Áras an Uachtaráin on Tuesday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Michael D Higgins tells InterAction Council we must revisit definitions of work

Chief executive of the Private Hospitals’ Association Simon Nugent:  the committee spent “too much time obsessed with publicly owned delivery systems rather than taking a holistic view of the overall health assets in the State”.  Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Private Hospitals’ Association says State must take wider view of health assets

Refugee crisis: migrants arrive on the northern shore of the Greek island of Lesbos in 2015.  Legislation enacted that year has made it harder for the families of refugees and migrants to join them in Ireland. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/New York Times

International Protection Act causes concern amid ‘refugee and migration crisis’

O’Dwyers Bar and Grill pub closed its kitchen and food facilities due to an ‘unforeseen health scare’. Image: Google Street view

Catering facilities at a bar in Portmarnock are served with a closure order

Child protection: Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. Photograph: Eric Luke

Children’s rights advocates express grave concern at State’s child protection system

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

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