European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly  concluded there was no maladministration by European Medicines Agency. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Emily O’Reilly investigated how European Medicines Agency handled complaint

Former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey who reached the  deal with THG covering the Olympic games between 2018 and 2026. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sports body says severing the deal covering the 2018-2016 Olympics was ‘appropriate’

A tractor is positioned to hold a roof down on a farm as as  Ophelia hits the Co Clare peninsula of Loop Head. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Impact on agriculture may not become evident for several months when feed runs out

The US supreme court is to hear the appeal in the case involving the department of justice’s attempts to access emails on a server in Dublin.

Long-running case involving emails on server in Dublin has worldwide privacy implications

St John’s Castle in Limerick shut up shop on Monday due to Hurricane Ophelia

Outdoor water events in Dublin cancelled as owners tie up kayaks and boating gear

A woman whose pension was cut off for 18 months because she refused to register for a public services card is to have her payments restored and will be paid arrears of over €15,000. File photograph: Getty Images

Woman’s payments were cut off for 18 months as she refused to register for the card

Public services card

Records reveal concerns over Common Travel Area if UK introduced ID cards

Pharma company agrees to continue providing Respreeza under compassionate programme until 2018

The operation is designed to replace a hip joint which has been damaged, usually by arthritis.

A third of patients are waiting less than three months for the pain-relieving joint surgery

The stamp featuring an image by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick, of Argentine revolutionary leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara is held up outside the General Post Office (GPO) in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

An Post confirms all 122,000 stamps with iconic image are gone and it will print new stock

About 2.8 million public services cards have been issued to date

Public meeting hears project has ‘parallels’ with database of 1.3 billion people in India

A total of 276 medication incidents were reported at Letterkenny  hospital between March 2016 and July 2017. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Management at Letterkenny hospital takes measures to address risks highlighted during August inspection

A Dublin conference was told of the importance of developing “a critical thinking curriculum” in schools in conjunction with the promotion of strong role models in Muslim communities in order to prevent radicalisation. Photograph: David Sleator

Dublin conference hears those radicalised using State as means of travel to and from UK

Over 9,000 people  die from cancer every year in Ireland – about a third of all deaths. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/Getty Images

HSE approval means cost of nivolumab will be reimbursed for some treatments

Navan woman, 34, says nivolumab offers hope for ‘unpredictable’ cancer

A Nama spokesman said the sale of the North Bank apartments block was by a receiver and not by Nama.

TD Mick Wallace says agency should give apartments over to local authorities to ease housing crisis

“Sex offenders generally continue to abuse until they are caught.” Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

One in Four fears unapprehended sex offenders may be continuing to abuse

Max Schrems case may have huge implications for EU data privacy rights, says judge

Data power: Facebook acquired messaging service WhatsApp in 2014. Photograph: Bloomberg

Clearing of Facebook’s WhatsApp deal ignored ‘critical’ data issue, says Orla Lynskey

The physical and mental health of carers is being compromised due to a lack of supports, an advocacy group has said. Photograph: Getty Images

Family Carers Ireland: ‘We need respite care urgently to give family carers a vital break’

Owner of The Liberal.ie Leo Sherlock agreed not to repeat the copyright breaches. Image: Screengrab from TheLiberal.ie

CCC Nuacht proceedings alleged multiple breaches of copyright by website TheLiberal.ie

Court proceedings involving children who have been sexually abused take an average of five years from the date of the crime to the end of criminal proceedings. Photograph: Istock

Cari charity says therapy services ‘hugely under-resourced’ despite increase in appointments offered

Dermot Desmond’s firm Daon has  provided services to the Irish Government for the public services card and passports.

Morpho and Daon provide services for Irish public services card and passport systems

About 30,000 people die in the State every year.

Abolition of €850 flat payment during financial crisis saved about €20 million a year

Orla O’Connor, director, NWCI. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

NWCI says quotas have ‘real merit’ for accelerating the pace of change

Public service card: Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon was concerned about a ‘considerable leap in purpose for the card’

Department believed release of Dixon’s email would ‘misinform’ about public services card

The European Cyber Threat Summit will take place on October 24th at the Helix at Dublin City University.

Dublin event in October to explore threats and strategies for threat mitigation

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service said: “Because a donor’s gender will have an impact on how donated blood is used for patients, changing that gender may have safety implication for recipient. Photograph: Tek Image

IT tests succeed in changing name of trans donor woman in ‘test environment’

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty.

Proposed legislation would remove restrictions on using the card as proof of identity

The database, operating under a system called the “single customer view” (SCV), is used for storing basic details about a citizen. Photograph: iStock

Database shared by Government departments receiving ‘unnecessary information’

The Irish Times has established that information on people’s car registrations had been transferred to the Departments of Social Protection and Public Expenditure. Photograph: Getty Images

Department of Transport has stopped sending details on car ownership to two other departments

The Data Protection Commissioner has asked the Department of Social Protection for explanations about the legal basis for the card project.

Regulator says Department of Social Protection will answer questions on Government data sharing plan

Minister for Health Simon Harris: said he genuinely believed the public services card was a good idea and that it was “very important that this doesn’t get distorted or misrepresented as something that it’s not”. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Minister says card protects citizens and State from people wrongly claiming entitlements

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to announce an initiative to help reduce the number of people on waiting lists for diagnostic endoscopy tests. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

National Treatment Purchase Fund to help take 18,000 patients off lists across State

The NUJ has called for the redrafting of what it said were unacceptable secrecy provisions in the new Bill on the judiciary. Photograph: Collins Courts

Journalists’ union says proposed penalties for publishing details of hearings ‘draconian’

A group of privacy and data protection experts has written to Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan about the Public Services Card.

Group concerned that State is ‘sleepwalking’ into a national identity database

 Regina Doherty: “Nobody is required by law to have a card. So, therefore, it isn’t compulsory. But for my department it’s mandatory”

Civil liberties groups urge debate on identity card issue and possible future uses

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says public services card is now mandatory to access payments from her department.

Minister for Social Protection says other Government departments will make card compulsory

A clean up operation is under way after torrential rains washed away a section of main road in Quigley’s Point, Co Donegal. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Minister pleads with insurers not to blacklist people from areas devastated by flooding

Iarnród Éireann  is responsible for an operational network of 1,700 route kilometres and 135 route kilometres of non-operational lines.

Regulator says ‘constructive’ dialogue in place after previously strained relationship

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon: asked the High Court earlier this year to refer to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) the question of whether the standard contractual clauses used by companies to transfer personal data are valid. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Paper proposes ‘adequacy’ agreement to ensure uninterrupted flow of information

Genomics Medicine Ireland uses population-based genomic analysis to help understand the factors which lead to disease, and to deve(...)

Medical and scientific researchers are closely watching the new EU General Data Protection Regulation  and what it might mean for  their work after it takes effect next May

Ethical issues that arise in stem-cell research, embryo research and reproductive cloning, genome sequencing, gene editing and pop(...)

Minister Michael Ring with Aisling Maguire (11) from Ardee, Co Louth, with her dogs Millie  and Fudge, and Coleen O’Neill (14) from Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh, with her dog Missy at the   show. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Minister Michael Ring says there is still a long way to go to improve lives of those in rural areas

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties said it is getting a large number of queries about the public services card

Irish Council for Civil Liberties getting a large number of queries from public

Specimen  public services card: Limerick-based solicitor Rossa McMahon says the way the project had been rolled out was “underhand and quite dishonest”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Woman in her 70s owed about €13,000 after refusal to register for State services card

Age Action said cutting off a woman’s pension for refusing to register for the public services card was “outrageous”.

Woman in her 70s not paid pension because she refused to get public services card

An example of the new public services card. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Pensioner in her 70s, who is owed €13,000, asks department to prove card is mandatory

Kevin Myers apologised and said he had ‘no career left’ and that his reputation was ‘in tatters’. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Jodie Ginsberg, who is of Jewish hertiage, to share stage with Myers at UL lecture

Ibrahim Halawa with his sisters Fatima, Omaima and Somaia. Photograph: Halawa family.

Irish citizen enters fourth year of incarceration in Cairo prison today as mass trial continues

Éamonn Meehan, executive director of Trócaire, and former president Mary Robinson at a climate change conference in Maynooth University in 2015.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Agency says developments in US and UK raise ‘profound questions’ for the poor

WhatsApp has confirmed it is still not sharing the data of EU users’ with Facebook, as engagement continues with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner.

Facebook-owned messaging app engaging with Data Protection Commissioner over issue

Ibrahim Halawa with his sisters Fatima, Omaima and Somaia. Photograph: Halawa family

‘How long is he going to spend there? His friends have graduated and started new jobs’

Jason Corbett, who was murdered by his wife and her father in the US

Sister and brother-in-law of murdered man say Martenses are ‘convicted killers and liars’

The sticker posted on glass facing a waiting area at Portiuncula hospital in Galway. It has been removed after complaints.

Portiuncula says material placed on window without knowledge of management

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, welcomed a Hiqa report on its services in the mid-west.

Hiqa inspection finds delays in reporting alleged abuse to gardaí, gaps in Garda vetting

Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft and YouTube announced the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which they said would continue to make their services ‘hostile to terrorists and violent extremists’.

Pro-IS accounts face ‘substantial and aggressive disruption’ online – DCU study

Áine Duggan, former executive director of the gay equality charity Glen, claimed in an email she had been told by a HSE official that gay rights were no longer a funding priority following the 2015 marriage referendum.

Health service says it is ‘categorically’ not the case that it believes there are no LGBT rights issues to be addressed

Tony O’Brien, director-general of the HSE: said that Change Healthcare, the supplier of the software, knew about the issue for 18 months but did not inform the HSE. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Flaw in system for storing medical images poses ‘relatively low’ risk to patients

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys called on the Oireachtas to legislate for the appointment of more judges. Photograph Cyril Byrne

State is ‘rock bottom’ in Europe for number per head of population, judge says

Members of Siptu and the NBRU picketing outside Busaras in Dublin earlier this year. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

NBRU says it will vehemently oppose more routes being taken from Dublin Bus

Gardasil is the vaccine used in the vaccination programme for girls in their first year of secondary school. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Multiple studies have concluded that the vaccination is effective and extremely safe

From left, Orla O’Connor, director, National Women’s Council of Ireland, Tanya Ward, chief executive, Children’s Rights Alliance, and  Prof Gráinne Flannelly, consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist and clinical director at CervicalCheck. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Alliance aims to reverse ‘misinformation’ on cervical cancer vaccine for schoolgirls

The Workplace Relations Commission said it was satisfied Boyne Valley Group’s decision to dismiss the claimant had not come within “a band of reasonableness”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Man made ‘offensive’ comments about female colleague’s eyebrows and family plans

At Brexit equine forum: Tom McGuirk (chair), David Carson,  Alan Fahey  and John Melville. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Forum hears warnings of lengthy border checks for thousands of horses and job losses

Kirstin McDonagh, Sadhbh Gannon and Carson Morrow washing Carracanada River ahead of the opening day of the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Event worth €45 million annually to local economy, with 1,600 horses taking part

Problem with records may result in thousands of patients having to have tests redone

The HSE’s National Integrated Medical Imaging System is used to store radiology, cardiology and other diagnostic images electronically. When images are archived, the  “<”, used in a report, was omitted and was not visible.

Expert questions why coding error in software recording patient scans not spotted

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan: “Invasive species not only damage or destroy biodiversity but they also impact on tourism and fisheries.” Photograph: David Sleator

Sinn Féin MEP fears EU regulation may be poorly implemented as alien list expanded

Public services cards, the issuing of which will have cost €60 million by the end of the year, were first provided to social welfare customers and people claiming certain State benefits.

Fresh concern about State sharing of citizens’ data after publication of new strategy

The National Transport Authority has opened a public consultation ahead of proposed legislation regulating rickshaws. Photograph: iStock

NTA urges public and owners of the vehicles to submit views by end of September

Minister for Transport Shane Ross said: “The mutual recognition of driving disqualifications is an important road safety measure because it aims to target dangerous drivers on our roads.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Shane Ross signs order introducing mutual recognition of disqualifications in State and UK

Busker blues: A spokeswoman for Dublin City Council says fewer than 90 complaints about buskers were received between April and June of this year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Bongos, trumpet player and Ed Sheeran cover versions prompted locals to file grievances

Former Dublin-based Garda Joseph O’Connor (38), from Morrel Grove, Naas, Co Kildare was fined €3,000 after he pleaded guilty to illegally disclosing information on private individuals to others. Photograph: Collins Courts

Joseph O’Connor (38) pleads guilty to three offences of breaching data protection legislation

St Mary’s School water collection point in Drogheda. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

As normal service resumed in Moneymore, people rushed to take advantage

Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade undergoing training in the Dublin Port Tunnel in advance of its opening to traffic. File photograph: Alan Betson

Staff claim under-investment in service and lack of parity on overtime rates

Almost nine out of 10 (88 per cent) of respondents agreed that members of An Garda Síochána were friendly or helpful. Photograph: Alan Betson

Public attitudes survey for first quarter finds 92% have ‘mid to high’ trust in the force

Water resources in the northeast will be monitored this week following the rupture of a major water main.

Childcare providers in northeast must take care with supplies and follow advice - HSE

Minister of State for Digital Development Seán Kyne. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Experts required to help protect national infrastructure from potentially crippling attacks

The site of the Old Mill in Julianstown, Co Meath: council declared it derelict in 2008 but did not place it on the derelict sites register

Protected structure in Julianstown fell into disrepair after closure of hotel a decade ago

A file image of nerve cells, which are affected by Huntington’s disease.

Collaboration with University of Barcelona aims to find cure for ‘relentlessly fatal’ condition

Data Commissioner’s office has described the project as “disproportionate” and “extraordinary”. Photograph: iStock

Former Ontario privacy commissioner would not want her data accessed this way

Department of Social Protection recovered over €82 million in monies overpaid to claimants last year

Number of welfare payments for illness, disability, carer, and child benefit increases

During 2016 the regulator wrote to 11 shops with concerns they were operating as “charity shops” while not registered. Photograph: iStock

Charities Regulator says total number of charities registered now over 8,000

The CSO wants to use its powers under the Statistics Act to compel mobile  operators to transfer to it on an ongoing basis the details of phones or users roaming on the networks. File photograph: iStock

State body told privacy watchdog it disagreed with legal interpretation on using data

The Central Statistics Office wants to force mobile phone network providers to hand over roaming data about tourists and Irish residents travelling abroad. File Photograph

Statistics body insists roaming data will improve tourism and travel information

Charlie  Flanagan: he  said  since the Supreme Court decision his department had been analysing and considering “this important and complex judgment”

Charlie Flanagan publishes report on improvements in direct provision

Before and after: The opening paragraph as it appeared on Thursday morning (left) and the darker typeface that appeared later in the day.

Owner of TheLiberal.ie opts for light-coloured font to address copyright breaches

Auditors analysed 23 credit card statements for the former chief executive of the Alzheimer Society and found they were not signed as authorised or approved

HSE internal audit finds building project went €700,000 over budget and that cash was kept in filing cabinets

Audit recommends restrictions after cards used to buy juicer, cigarettes and hair extensions

The Irish Wheelchair Association should clearly state all of the benefits that are to be enjoyed by employee in their contracts, the auditor said. File photograph: Eric Luke

Audit of Irish Wheelchair Association finds it was not in line with HSE pay scales

St Joseph’s Residence for Deaf Boys in Cabra. Photograph:Cyril Byrne

Former head of finance at Catholic Institute for Deaf People got €83,000 untaxed bonus

Cases that involved the criminal courts, the family courts and the social work system it was like dealing with ‘three separate planets’.

Women suffering serious abuse experience ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, conference told

Coercive control is defined as a pattern of sustained emotional and psychological abuse of a partner through threats, intimidation, control and restrictions of liberty, coercive control has been recognised as a serious offence in UK law since 2015. Photograph: iStock

Seminar in Dublin hears 155 defendants prosecuted under legislation in UK last year

Homepage of TheLiberal.ie. Apologies from the website operator Leo Sherlock acknowledging  he had published articles without a licence and had infringed the copyright of the two news organisations were read in court and the full settlement terms were handed to the judge.

Website to pay undisclosed damages to media firms over unauthorised use of content

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) calls for the government to show that bereavement, palliative care, end-of life issues are priority areas for policy development and investment. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

Irish Hospice Foundation calls for restoration of bereavement grant in pre-budget submission

The stump of the crab apple tree planted for the Omagh bomb victims in 1998, with a JCB in the background. Photograph: Macroom and District Environmental Group

Macroom environmental group says birch planted by Mary Robinson also damaged

Dr Shannon said restricting internet usage for children should “be approached with caution. Photograph: iStock

Dr Geoffrey Shannon says State should set lowest permissible age under EU rules

An example of the public services card.

Final submission to Oireachtas committee on proposed Bill to implement EU regulation

Roy Hassey and Keith Murdiff of Unite. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Union says bad conditions and zero-hour contracts ‘rife’ in private teaching sector

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