St John of God Community Services regional director Phil Gray said the improvements required were accepted fully and that corrective action plans had been submitted to Hiqa. File photograph: Getty Images

Units to shut at St Raphael’s centre in Kildare run by St John of God Community Services

Amazon Theatre  in Manaus, Brazil is among the buildings that will go green on St Patrick’s Day this year.

Tourism Ireland announces seventh annual ‘Global Greening’ initiative to celebrate national holiday

Want not waste not: “It would be great to see a similar law introduced in Ireland, however, establishing a scalable and sustainable model for redistribution of that surplus food,” says Iseult Wood of Food Cloud.  Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Tesco says it donates over 1.5 million meals or 677 tonnes of surplus food from its stores

An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for a huge wind farm in north Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Controversial development near Kells had been designated as strategic infrastructure

A spokesman for the Irish College of General Practitioners said a number of reports by academic bodies and European bodies had said more GPs were needed here. File photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Doctors’ group asks for more resources as Fine Gael drops universal free care policy

Max Schrems, whose case was referred to the European Court of Justice, said he may challenge the arrangement depending on its final text. Photograph: Collins Courts

Group of EU data protection commissioners seeks further information on new EU-US deal

Election candidates  using electronic signs similar to those used for traffic alerts  face enforcement action to have them removed.

Local authorities told to arrange immediate removal of signs that may cause traffic hazards

Family Carers Ireland members said they were not looking for “the sun, moon and stars”, but wanted to be treated fairly.  File photograph: Getty Images

Family Carers Ireland lobby group in push for recognition of members’ unpaid work

The European Commission has announced a framework to replace the Safe Harbour data-transfer arrangement.

EU commissioners announce late replacement for Safe Harbour to ensure continued transfer of personal information across Atlantic (...)

Terry Wogan taking part in a charity recording of a Children in Need album.

Byrne, Tubridy, Balfe, Murphy among those paying tributes to late Limerick man

Cities around the world, including Dublin and Cork, have adopted smart city strategies to deliver improved services, traffic management and to tackle environmental challenges, for example. Photograph: Getty Images

Strategies to improve services also generate large amounts of personal data, report says

Young drivers need to know what the deal really is when they install devices to track their driving in return for cheaper policies, the Data Protection Commissioner said.

Data Protection Commissioner says firms offering discounts in return for data

Digital Rights Ireland is to ask the High Court to refer questions about the independence of the Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon to the Court of Justice of the European Union. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Digital Rights Ireland confirms legal papers to be served on Government in coming days

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin will stage  events to mark Data Protection Day 2016 on Thursday. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Events seek to make public more aware of online privacy

David Begg defended his knowledge of pensions and said some of what had been said in the Dáil about his role in pension discussions on Aer Lingus was a “travesty of the truth”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Newly appointed chief of Pensions Authority defends expertise before Oireachtas group

Chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Emily Logan said the organisation wanted individuals to feel it was accessible to them. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Inclusion Ireland critical of Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

Colleen White (9), Finglas, who suffers from juvenile arthritis, with her mother Rachael at the launch of the Arthritis Ireland Why are we waiting? campaign. Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

Sufferers gather at Leinster House to attract support from TDs and election candidates

More than 200 people have been appointed to State boards under a new process that allows members of the public to register their interest in vacancies. File photograph: Getty Images

Public Appointments Service says it has received over 4,600 applications since 2014

Government websites have come under a sustained cyber attack.

HSE, Justice department and CSO websites among those affected by attack

Yourtel has been fined €5,000 for making unsolicited calls asking people to switch from different providers.

Data Protection Commissioner says company ‘unhelpful’ during investigation

EU commissioner Vera Jourová:  “only a comprehensive arrangement with clear legal commitments” could ensure the level of data protection Europeans were entitled to under EU law

Legal uncertainty exists after EU-US deal struck down by Court of Justice of the EU

Senator Katherine Zappone organised the ‘Fempower’ conference. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Zappone tells ‘Fempower’ conference just 16% of full contributory pensions go to women

Caravans belonging to Traveller families were removed from a site in Dundalk on Saturday morning as an operation by Louth County Council to evict them continued.

Families claim they have no other accommodation after removal from unofficial site owned by Louth council

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has accused the Tánaiste of ‘arrogance’ and ‘crass stupidity’ over her appointment of David Begg to the board of the Pensions Authority .Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

SF leader criticises Joan Burton’s role in appointment of former Ictu leader to board of Pensions Authority

A spokesman for the Tánaiste said David Begg has demonstrated an “ability to work with different perspectives”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Standards indicate ministers may appoint ‘highly qualified’ candidate to State boards

Several women recently discovered their own pictures allegedly downloaded from their Facebook pages had been posted on a website that was encouraging violent and pornographic comments.

Some claim images digitally altered to impose their faces on those of naked women

Irish Water says 61 per cent of customers have paid their bill. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Paul Murphy TD says figures show 928,000 people have paid at least some of their bill

In a case put before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), judges ruled that a company which had read an employee’s messages sent through Yahoo Messenger while he was at work was within its rights to do so.

Company within its rights to read messages sent by employee during work, ECHR says

  Taoiseach Enda Kenny examines flood defences on the banks of the east side of the river Shannon in Athlone in December. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Department of Social Protection says payouts likely to increase in coming weeks

Saverio Bellante (pictured), who killed his friend Tom O’Gorman at the house where they were living in Dublin in January 2014, is suing the HSE and his psychiatrist.

Saverio Bellante’s medication stopped on psychiatrist’s direction before he killed Tom O’Gorman

The National Co-ordination Group met  on Monday to review the flooding crisis around the country and the response of the emergency services to it.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Over 800 properties affected by floods since early December - many more still at risk

A total of 165 people died on the State’s roads in 2015 - the second lowest number since records began.

165 people died on State’s roads in 2015, and a further 74 in the North

One business bemoaned the din created by buskers on Grafton Street. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

Complaints to council include that street performers are blocking access to shops

Irish Hotels Federation  president Stephen McNally said: “What I’ve noticed most this year is that confidence has improved generally, whether it’s Christmas parties, lunches or Christmas dinner.”  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Demand for three-day Christmas packages up since downturn, industry chief says

Terminal 2 at Dublin airport was evacuated due to what a spokeswoman said was a ‘smoke alarm’.

Spokeswoman for airport authority says smoke alarm being checked by fire service

From lunchtime on Wednesday  counties in the west and northwest are forecast to face the strong winds which are to peak at up to 120km/h between 4pm and 9pm. File photograph: EPA

Over 100 businesses apply for funds from emergency flood scheme after Storm Desmond

Prof John Parnell, who led the study by University of Aberdeen’s School of Geosciences, said the significance of the selenium discovery in the north of England lay in the risk of high levels of the element being released into groundwater during drilling or fracking operations (above). File photograph: Getty Images

Researcher highlights risk of element being released into groundwater during fracking

New guidance on the use of drones or  so-called remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) was published by the Data Protection Commissioner on Monday. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Capture of personal data such as images of faces or car registrations subject to rules

“To ensure that customers of Expert Ireland can avail of their consumer rights the commission issued two compliance notices directing the company to correct the information it provides and to change their cancellation process,” the commission said in a statement.

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission takes action against electrical retailer

Sean McHugh, from Barna, Co Galway, is taking a case for unfair dismissal against his former employer AIB, alleging he was fired after making complaints about his manager. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘Loyal servant’ of bank claims he was bullied out of job he had held for 40 years

The State will pay the private operators of two road tolls nearly €48 million over the next five years to compensate for a shortfall in predicted traffic.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Government must compensate private firms for shortfall in traffic under contracts

The Digital Rights Ireland case challenging the State’s data retention law comes before the High Court again on Monday.

Digital Rights Ireland action questions law requiring records be kept for two years

Adi Roche with a group of 31 special needs children – many of whom have come from disturbed and violent backgrounds – arriving at Dublin Airport, from the Chernobyl region of Belarus to spend Christmas with host families in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Disabled people from Belarus orphanage to spend Christmas and new year here

Aerial images of flooding in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo. Photograph: Jamie Martin.

Local authorities asked to assess damage to inform Cabinet memo asking for money

Musician Mike Hogan and sons Mark and Sean are rescued from their home in Springfield, Clonlara, Co Clare. Photograph: Arthur Ellis

Water levels continue to rise as rain makes its way down river to Limerick

An Air Corp aerial photograph of flooding in the Ballyhaunis area in Co Mayo. Image: Airman Jamie Martin.

Emergency effort to protect life and property goes on as Met Éireann warns of further rain

The state of respite-care services around the country is inconsistent, carer advocates say. Photograph: Thinkstock

Organisations call on Minister for Health to establish strategy to ensure consistencyof access

Doctors from the Department of Health and other authorities were before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health to discuss the concerns of a parents’ group about the safety of the Gardasil vaccine. Photograph: Getty Images

Government adviser says HPV causes 70% of cases and boys are key in passing disease

The proposed new National Children’s Hospital in Dublin will lead to increased residential property values in the area chosen for it, a property expert has claimed.

Surveyor says development would lead to rise in area’s residential property values

Mara Clarke, director of the Abortion Support Network. Photograph: Emma Campbell

Director of UK-based support charity tells of abuse and threats over her work helping to fund terminations for Irish women

Roz O’Connor and her son Bradley, at home in Blanchardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Services in care centre reduced after families in crisis place children into residential care

Sr Mary Killeen: ‘For people trying to climb out of poverty, eviction reduces them to dependence and destitution.’

Sr Mary Killeen speaks of corruption in slums and land-grabbers in Kenya

The CSO said care should be taken in interpreting the crime statistics, following its earlier review of Garda systems for recording crimes. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Caution advised on interpretation of figures after review of Garda crime data’s accuracy

People’s Climate and NGOs  are calling on the Government to commit to producing a climate action plan next year, to pledge “adequate finance” to the Green Climate Fund, to ban fracking and to commit to reducing pollution from all sectors. File photograph: Charles Platiau

Thousands expected in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast to urge action before COP21

At the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland Thanksgiving lunch, in Dublin  (from left) : Bryan Bourke (William Fry), Mark Redmond (chief executive American Chamber), US Ambassador Kevin O’Malley, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and Eamonn Sinnott (president American Chamber). Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Kenny highlights US-Ireland ties at American Chamber of Commerce Thanksgiving lunch

Some 140,000 children are living in consistent poverty.

CSO income survey shows one-parent families twice as likely to be poor

Capt Deirdre Carbery of the Defence Forces says there is a direct correlation between gender, inequality and insecurity.

President Michael D Higgins to address event in Dublin

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy questioned whether advice to Ministers on the sharing of citizens’ data was “flawed”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Catherine Murphy tabled questions to Ministers over ruling from EU Court of Justice

Researchers could apply for an exemption from the need to have patients’ consent to process their health data, under draft legislative proposals. Photograph: Thinkstock

Draft law envisages role for Data Protection Commissioner in clearing research projects

The new €20  banknote  on display at the  European Central Bank  in Frankfurt am Main, Germany,  November 24th, 2015. Photograph: Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images

New note may be easily checked using the ‘feel, look and tilt’ method, says Central Bank

Max Schrems was listed as a key speaker at the conference in Brussels, which has now been cancelled due to the security alert. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Annual data protection congress had been expected to attract about 1,000 delegates

The stage at the Tallaght Person of the Year awards. Philip Preston was named Tallaght Person of the Year on Friday. Photograph: Tallaght Community Council

Jobstown protester Philip Preston (36) wins honour for work with local rugby club

In March, Martin Davoren pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Criminal Court to 12 sample charges of assaulting Sarah  Clancy at various locations between dates in 1986 and 1988.

State showed lack of concern for victim and ‘clear disregard’ for rights of perpetrator

Pieta House, the support service for people who are suicidal or self harming, held an event in Dublin on Thursday night which coincided with International Men’s Day.

Rugby star Jack McGrath among men sharing their experiences at Pieta House

Séamus McCarthy (Cork) and Fionnuala Quigley (Wexford)  who received the Seiko Just in Time and Rescue Appreciation Award along with Garda Brian O’Donnell, for rescuing an Indian tourist swept off Inis Mór. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish Water Safety honours 42 rescuers, including gardaí, who saved 28 from drowning

Betty O’Connor has taken an unfair dismissals case against Donabate Golf Club. Photograph: Getty Images

Former book-keeper at Donabate takes unfair dismissals case to employment tribunal

Teagasc has said demand for its courses  has grown to an unprecedented level. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Increase due to new State requirement that farmers have recognised qualification

Minister for Communications Alex White at the official launch of Eircode in July. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

European Commission regards inquiry into Eircode procurement process as closed

The new DNA database will be operational from next Friday.

Fitzgerald says measure ‘historic’ and legislation to come into operation next week

Minister of State for the national drugs strategy, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said proposals to change drugs legislation will be brought before Cabinet in November. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Drug addiction not choice, but healthcare issue, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin tells conference

The aftermath  of a bomb on Nassau Street, Dublin, in 1974. Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Justice for the Forgotten group says media reports on show an attempt to ‘stir things up’

Norman Scarth, of Veterans For Peace, at the white poppy wreath-laying in the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Mr Scarth is a veteran of the second World War. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Group claims US military’s use of Shannon Airport violates humanitarian obligations

Some 940 defibrillators need to be updated, the health products regulator has warned. Photograph: Thinkstock

Health agency says devices across Ireland need urgent updates to function properly

About 3% of people in Ireland suffer from some kind of food allergy, according to the FSAI.  Photograph: Getty Images

Food Safety Authority app will assist 3% of consumers who suffer from a food allergy

PJ Stone said Garda management had used the 30 hours of ‘free’ overtime for issues not envisaged under the Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

GRA cautions over any legislation to ‘punish’ members after pay accord rejected

Over 300 civil servants were affected by the PeoplePoint data breach, reported to the Data Protection Commissioner last month. Photograph: Thinkstock

PeoplePoint service sent personal details in error to multiple HR departments

 Jacki Ford Morie, chief scientist at The Augmented Traveler, in conversation with Mary Aiken, director of the RCSI, on the Centre Stage during day two of the 2015 Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin, Ireland. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ability to create your digital double not far off – Augmented Traveler’s Jacki Ford Morie

 Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton at the Web Summit  in the RDS. Mr Bruton defended the Government’s record in its support for the event. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister welcomes creation of 320 new tech jobs

Medina Ilyassova, chief executive of Ub-Cool, a hub for adventure trips.

From travel to fashion and wine lists to kayaking, serving consumer interest is what the app start-ups are all about

Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman: Not enough is being done to regulate the “revolving door” of officials from EU institutions moving into jobs where they were lobbying for private companies.

Emily O’Reilly says not enough is being done to shut “revolving door” of officials moving into lobbying jobs for private firms

Data Protection Commissioner took prosecution against company

Artist’s impression of the planned resort at Newcastle Wood, Co Longford: The plan envisages building 500 chalets on the 375-acre site in the midlands. Photograph: PA

Leisure group claims scheme opening in 2019 will create 1,000 jobs and add 4% to local economy

The increasing sophistication of passport and visa fraud is becoming a major challenge, a seminar to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the UN has heard. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Foreign affairs head describes difficulties presented by global travel to UN seminar

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr James Reilly has announced new reforms for early childhood care and education. File photograph: iThinkstock

Dr James Reilly announces new reforms for early childhood care and education

Minister for Children James Reilly said the investment required in early child care and education is considerable. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

New regulations to include fresh inspection rules, says Minister for Children James Reilly

Children’s Rights Alliance chief executive Tanya Ward. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Children’s Rights Alliance report for UN claims there is a ‘shocking’ gap in services

The HSE said the Department of Health would examine the impact of legislative changes on the health identifier project following a major EU ruling. Photograph: Thinkstock

Smaranda Bara case has implications for sharing of citizens’ data between public bodies

A palliative care approach cares for all elements of a person: emotional, physical and spiritual. Taking this approach early on can mean being able to experience the best possible quality of life for longer. photograph: Thinkstock

Palliative Care Week aims to get people talking about planning for their death

Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington called for tracking devices to be fitted to all cars to prevent crime.

Technology would deliver ‘significant return to the State’, says TD Noel Harrington

Maureen O Hara, the Irish-American actor  famed for her flaming red hair and her role in The Quiet Man, has died aged 95.

Family confirms ‘Quiet Man’ star died peacefully on Saturday in her sleep

Tanks of the Ukrainian armed forces make a crossing during a withdrawal near the village of Nyzhnje in Luhansk region early in October. Photograph: Reuters

Médecins Sans Frontières says humanitarian committee in conflict zone gave no reason for decision

Parents have been urged to check the labelling on face paints before using them on their children this Halloween. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Health products regulator says some products may contain harmful substances

A 1998 photograph of the coffin bearing the remains of Ronan Mac Lochlainn leaving the funeral home in Finglas village. Picture: Matt Kavanagh.

Commission is investigating death of Ronán MacLochlainn in Wicklow in 1998

Max Schrems: The European Court of Justice ruling followed legal action brought by the Austrian privacy campaigner over whether his Facebook data was subject to NSA surveillance. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Can a team of 42 really be expected to police Europe’s data privacy?

Max Schrems: Speaking outside the Four Courts in Dublin, Mr Schrems said that “theoretically” a decision could be made by the commissioner within weeks. Photograph: Collins Courts

High Court refers campaigner’s complaint back to the Data Protection Commissioner

The deadline for submission of tenders to print ballot papers for the general election  closed on Monday

Contract to print posters and papers worth estimated €400,000 over four years

Facebook, which has its European headquarters in Dublin, is to ask to be joined to the judicial review proceedings when they are mentioned before the High Court on Tuesday.

Case against Data Protection Commissioner referred back by European Court of Justice to High Court following ruling on ‘Safe Habo(...)

 Schrems case  due for mention before High Court on Tuesday

Statement reiterates transfers of personal data to US using ‘Safe Harbour’ are unlawful

Society needs to begin planning now to meet the future demand for palliative care, a  conference in Dublin heard.

Dublin event hears society needs to plan to meet future demand for end-of-life care

Residents at the Moyola Park estate in Galway have been told not to use the water from the public supply until further notice. Photograph: Thinkstock

Irish Water tells residents for second time this year not to use water until further notice

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