Finbarr Flood in his office at the Labour Court in 1999. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dubliner was also a managing director of Guinness and chairman of Shelbourne FC

GRA president Ciarán O’Neill with members of the association at a  protest outside Government Buildings last week over  the Government’s public pay cuts. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

GRA ‘disappointed’ at Government’s imposition of Fempi legislation on new recruits

Architect Graham Dwyer who murdered Elaine O’Hara. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Data Protection Commissioner examines Revenue, Army and An Garda Síochána

Smart meters will replace the traditional gas and electricity meters and will remove the need for a home visit to have the meter read. Photograph: Getty Images

ESB postpones tender process until early next year – and cites ‘technical reasons’

Young people aged 20 to 24 had the highest rate of admissions to psychiatric hospitals of all age groups last year

Report shows depression is the main reason for treatment in all age groups

“The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) expressed “serious concern” at the short notice for the introduction of the new arrangements, which it said would result in a financial hit for pharmacists with existing stocks. Photograph: PA Wire

Group for pharma firms criticises ‘artificial’ price clause protecting expensive medicines

A doctor has appeared before the Medical Council’s fitness to practise committee  over the alleged ‘forgery’ of two sick notes after he missed an exam. File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Medic charged with professional misconduct over alleged fraudulent sick notes

The proportion of strokes would be cut by 12 per cent if smoking was eliminated

Research published in ‘The Lancet’ examines 20,000 individuals from 32 countries

Mary Byrne, head of special education at the National Council for Special Education  (left) and the council’s chief executive  Teresa Griffin at the publication of its  first major report on the education of students with autism in almost 14 years. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography.

Report to Minister recommends changes to teacher training to better support pupils

Vacancy rates for housing vary widely by county but the overall rate stands at 12.8 per cent. File photograph: Frank Miller

First survey results from April reveal almost 260,000 properties are unoccupied

A file image of vacant houses in the Silver Birches estate, Stone Park, Co Longford. Figures from the CSO Census show there are more than 259,000 vacant homes in the State. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

CSO figures show number of empty Dublin holiday properties ‘up 190% in five years’

CSO: One more TD is necessary to bring the total representation in the Dáil into line.

Census figures show State’s population exceeds constitutional limit for number of TDs per 30,000 people

The total population of the State is now 4,757,976

Total population 4,757,976 with Dublin, Meath and Laois fastest growing counties

Julie Brill: “In the sometimes-pitched battle between the machinery of the free market and consumers’ rights, I have staked my career on defending the latter.”

Julie Brill tells IIEA event in Dublin agreement will make Europe a ‘vital hub’ for digital information

Fr Michael Cusack, rector at St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church and Monastery in Dundalk, said the work had started in May and the work on the new roof had almost been completed. Image: Google Streetview

St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church in Co Louth damaged by rain after theft

Gay people who have experienced sexual violence take up to twice as long to report it and face added difficulties in reaching out for support, a new report suggests.

Rape Crisis Network report suggests gay people face difficulties in seeking support

The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin 2. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

National Maternity Hospital staff may retain controversial salaries following HSE talks

In a recent draft decision following a complaint by privacy activist Max Schrems about the method being used by Facebook to transfer his personal data to the US, the data commissioner found his concerns about the so-called standard contractual clauses were well founded.

Case hinges on data transfers between European Union and the US

 Helen Dixon: “I think we are starting to see the rise in digital ambulance chasers in terms of certain legal firms presenting volumes of cases to the office.”   Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Data Protection Commission spending time on ‘volumes of cases’ of no real importance

Legislation approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday and due to be published in the autumn is expected to cover services such as WhatsApp, Viber and Facebook, as well as email service. Photograph: iStockphoto

Experts say State must address issues with current legislation before introducing new Bill

A recent survey by PwC suggested at least 80 per cent of European companies had experienced at least one cybersecurity incident over the last year and that the number of security incidents across all industries worldwide rose by 38 per cent in 2015.

Public-private partnership announced between industry and European Commission

A group of homeless people have occupied a hostel on John’s Lane (above) in Dublin that is due to close on Monday night. File photograph: Google Street View

Residents of John’s Lane Hostel say they will not leave building until new quarters found

Transgender rights advocates are to contact the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) to discuss the service’s policy on blood donations from trans people.

Issue arose after Aoife Martin, who has given blood for 20 years, sought to change details

ASTI president-elect Ed Byrne and general secretary Kieran Christie with union members protesting outside the Dáil yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Union calls emergency legislation on public pay ‘anti-democratic and anti-trade union’

Some of the hundreds of cyclists took part in Console East-West Cycle in 2016. Photograph: Suzanne Collins Photography

Cyclists raised €77,000 in sponsorship for Kildare-Galway trip earlier this month

Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon  said: ‘I put down a PQ (parliamentary question) in relation to the number of Muslims who have applied for Irish citizenship as a constituent was inquiring about this issue’.

Eamon Scanlon apologises for asking how many Muslims had sought Irish citizenship

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar announce higher rent supplement limits to help with rising rents. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Proposals to give financial help to those at risk of homelessness welcomed by charities

People gather at the start of the Pride parade at the  Garden of Remembrance, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Marchers remember victims of Orlando shooting

 Ikea has recalled their Patrull gates following reports that children have fallen down stairs after the gates opened unexpectedly.

Customers have reported gates opening unexpectedly and children falling down stairs

Recipients of Honorary Degrees at Trinity College Dublin rom left, Joe Veselsky (97), Professor Peter Higgs, writer J P Donleavy and human rights activist Hina Jilani. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Nobel laureate among dignitaries conferred with honorary degrees by Trinity College Dublin

Minister for Children Dr Katherine Zappone said no child in the country should go hungry, live without a roof over their head or be locked up in an adult prison.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Zappone: No child should go hungry, live without a roof or be locked up in an adult prison

Helen Dixon: “Other privacy regulators in Europe now are asserting jurisdiction over Facebook in certain cases.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Watchdog stresses engagement over enforcement with large firms like Facebook

The worker said the camera was placed in the corner of the staff canteen and there was no signage to inform staff that surveillance was taking place. File photograph:  iStock

Data Protection Commissioner told woman fired after covering camera while colleague styled hair during break

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon published her annual report on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Case among several privacy breaches highlighted in Data Protection Commissioner’s report

Google’s refusal to remove search results about a witness who gave “key testimony” in a long-running tribunal was upheld by the Data Protection Commissioner.

Data Protection Commissioner rejects request from person who gave ‘key testimony’

The Bombardier DHC commercial flight left Knock airport on the evening of July 31st last year bound for Manchester

Air accident investigation discovered broken washer caused oil to leak into engine valve

Data breach: details of 1,914 Civil Service staff were sent on a spreadsheet to a HR manager in one Government department who had sought details about their own staff.

Data Protection Commissioner to scrutinise PeoplePoint system due to data mishaps

Vice president and head of Google in Ireland, Ronan Harris, said Google in Dublin was a “growth engine” for businesses in Ireland and across the EMEA area.

Internet giant has opened a new €150m data centre in north Dublin

The entrace of the Magdalene laundry on Stanhope Street North in Dublin. A new service will help those affected by the mother-and-baby homes prepare witness statements ahead of the commission of investigation into the homes. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Free service will help prepare witness statements for commission of investigation

The Department of Social Protection said it had, over the last number of years, continuously strengthened security and data protection protocols. “Policies and procedures governing the use of systems and data have been developed and communicated to staff. These policies and procedures are under constant review and are updated as appropriate.” File photograph: Getty Images

Any breach of trust on confidentiality seen as serious misconduct, says department

Private investigator James Cowley (65) was convicted of illegally obtaining information from an official in the Department of Social Protection.

James Cowley (65) accessed PPS numbers, family details and claims information

The Department of Agriculture is investigating a case of alleged unauthorised use of the illegal growth-promoting drug clenbuterol, or angel dust, in cattle. Photograph: Getty Images.

Department of Agriculture confirms positive test result for illegal growth hormone clenbuterol

Omaima,  Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, pictured in Dublin in 2014. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Peter Greste says officials must secure Irish man’s release from Egyptian prison

The Information Commissioner has issued a binding decision against the Central Bank in a row over the applicability of the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

Information Commissioner issues binding ruling in row over Freedom of Information

Amanda Mellet was one of four Irish women who developed pregnancies with fatal foetal abnormalities who came forward just over four years ago to tell their stories. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Complainant to UN says Government must ensure no other woman suffers similar violations

Responding to a UN committee’s findings which called for Ireland’s strict prohibition on abortion to be changed, Tánaiste Frances  Fitzgerald said: ‘We have to take this very seriously. We signed up to this covenant.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Pro Life Campaign says human rights body a ‘de facto lobby group for abortion’

 Colm O’Gorman of Amnesty International Ireland, Evelyn Geraghty Irish Family Planning Association, Leah Hoctor, regional director for Europe at the Center for Reproductive Rights, Katrine Thomasen, legal adviser for Europe for the Center for Reproductive Rights, Niamh Allen of National Women’s Council of Ireland and Ailbhe Smyth, convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment at a press conference. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Groups respond to findings of UN Human Rights Committe in fatal abnormalities case

Leah Hoctor, regional director for Europe at the Centre for Reproductive Rights said the decision was ‘profoundly important’ for Ms Mellet but also ‘groundbreaking’ in international law.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Committee calls for women to be permitted to voluntarily terminate pregnancy safely

 Dublin Samaritans on Marlborough Street. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Suicide charity says step would protect volunteers from possible legal action by callers

 From left to right are  Donna Teeling with baby Paul, Orla Flannery with baby Sam and Suzanne Whelan and baby Mason at the launch of the Coolmine Annual Report at Ashleigh House, Dublin, June 8th, 2016. Photograph: MaxwellPhotography.IE

Coolmine Therapeutic Community sees 42% increase in residential admissions in 2015

Dublin City Council has extended the expiry dates of buskers’ permits to June 30th where they are due for renewal.

Local authority expected to consider revised bylaws on street performance next month

A google street view of the China Kitchen, Market Place, Clonmel, Tipperary, which was one of the food businesses served with a closure order by the FSAI in May.  Image: Google Street view

Restaurants and sweet shop among premises shut by environmental health officers

Under the current social housing strategy, it is proposed that 110,000 social housing units will be delivered between 2015 and 2020. Photograph:  Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Representative group warns of ‘biggest housing and homelessness crises in history’

Five of the eight animals rescued by a horse charity in conjunction with department officials in March had to be euthanised on welfare grounds

Animals discovered malnourished at Galway site devoid of microchips, five euthanised

Government sources have said they do not expect Donald Trump to request a meeting with Government during a planned visit to Ireland. Photograph: Josh Edelson/EPA

No plans in place to hold meeting with billionaire during visit to Co Clare golf resort

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall published his third annual report on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Serious concern’ over limited ability to investigate complaints about doctor decisions

The youths at the Oberstown campus will be confined to their rooms for part of the day as Siptu and Impact workers begin strike action. Photograph: Istockphoto

Unions say staff at Oberstown campus at daily risk of violent assault

Martin O’Rourke, from George?s Hill, Dublin 7, was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity on Sheriff Street in Dublin?s north inner city on April 14th, 2016. He was one of seven men murdered during the Kinahan-Hutch feud in the last six months.

Martin O’Rourke ‘gunned down for nothing’ in Kinahan-Hutch violence, says Larry Power

The late Harry the gorilla, who died at Dublin Zoo on Sunday after a short illness. Photograph: Dublin Zoo

Zoo says western lowland was ‘gentle and calm and will be greatly missed’

Siptu said on Monday the Labour Court had recommended pay increases from 15.6 per cent to 18.3 per cent for Luas drivers from now to September 2020. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Labour Court recommendation aimed at settling dispute with operator Transdev

The Irish Glass Bottle Site Housing Action Group is urging the setting aside of 100 per cent of the Dublin site for council and affordable housing. Calling for the move at Buswells Hotel today were group spokeswoman Annette Mooney, AAA-PBP TD   Richard Boyd Barrett and  architect  Mark Price. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Action group formed in reply to Nama plan to designate site as strategic development zone

Samaritans directors and volunteers, including    (far right) Catherine Brogan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Charity urges Government to implement national prevention strategy

Tyrrelstown tenants Lisa Dim, Charlie Cleary, Seun Ogunniran, and Funke Tobun, at a demonstration ahead of a meeting of the Oireachtas Housing and Homelessness Committee last week. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tenants who received termination notices after houses bought out speak of distress

The Glenamuck halting site where 10 people died in a fire in  October 2015. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Pavee Point official tells Oireachtas committee of 90% cut in housing budget over five years

The Central Bank on Dame Street in Dublin.  The Information Commissioner Peter Tyndall has said his office is involved in a stand-off with the bank over its obligations under freedom of information legislation (FoI). Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Information Commissioner had ‘great difficulty’ in dealing with bank over extent of jurisdiction

Information Commissioner Peter Tyndall found An Garda Síochána was justified in refusing access to information on the use of Garda aircraft. Photograph: The Irish Times

Commissioner for Environmental Information says not enough use being made of laws

Peter Tyndall: Discovered last year that receipts and invoices held by members of the Oireachtas in relation to a 2013 audit of expenses were private and did not have to be released. Photograph: The Irish Times

Peter Tyndall says FoI provision allows members withhold invoices and expenses

Members of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors leaving Dublin Castle for Government Buildings on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

President of Agsi says Government must ‘sit up and take notice’ of Garda concerns

Garda rosters were described as “not family friendly” and as making the job of officers more difficult. Photograph: The Irish Times

Protest follows report that many officers unhappy over resources, working conditions

The HSE has indicated  its plan to provide individual health identifiers to every Irish citizen will have moved a step closer by the end of the year. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

HSE plan aims to improve patient safety by giving every citizen a unique number

The scene at Sandyford Luas depot last Friday as drivers resumed strike action. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Transdev tells unions absentee rate, which has risen since dispute began, ‘untenable’

Finian  McGrath said  the water charges issue was a distraction from his role in Government and said he now wanted to move on. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Disability Issues wants to ‘move on’ from controversy over payment of water charges

A scrabble board spells out Brexit in Dublin,. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

UK citizens living overseas for up to 15 years may use postal vote in June ballot on EU membership

Former TD proud of achievements but says it is time for ‘new voices’ to be heard

Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick have all deployed smart-city technologies to varying degrees. File photograph: Frank Miller

Consultant says technology has developed ‘control rooms’ in line with ‘Minority Report’

A Debenhams shopper on Thursday afternoon Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Business (and discounts) as usual at Henry Street store

A screengrab from the babytime.ie website

Wedding website fired Deirdre Zaidan over ‘competing’ baby site set up by her husband

A man in his 70s has died in a quad bike crash farm in Co Meath. File photograph: The Irish Times

Investigation begins after body of man found on land near Enfield on Thursday night

EPIC Ireland opens its doors to a new visitor experience which tells the story of 10 million journeys and the roots of 70 million people. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

EPIC Ireland in CHQ building curated by company behind Titanic Belfast

David Mahon (45) of Ongar Village in Consilla, arrives at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin on Thursday with his wife Audrey where he is on trial charged with the murder of Audrey’s son, Dean Fitzpatrick in 2013. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Dubliner pleaded not guilty to murdering stepson Dean Fitzpatrick (23)

A demonstration outside Government Buildings in April seeking the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government faces criticism from other states in peer-review of human rights record

Sarah Morris  and Robbie O’Connor  performing for Sabina Higgins, Dublin Lord Mayor Críona Ní Dhálaigh and Joan Burton at the opening of Richmond Barracks. Photograph: Eric Luke

Courts martial of rebels took place at Inchicore site

The annual May Day Parade organised by the Dublin Council of Trade Unions. The parade was led by Patrick Tighe, Jerry Kennerk and Yvonne Clarke. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Speakers address annual May Day rally by Dublin Council of Trade Unions

Garda Superintendent Sarah Meyler of the National Vetting Bureau, Kieran Downey of Garda IT,  GAA children’s officer Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichíl and Assistant Garda Commissioner Jack Nolan during the launch of the eVetting System at the DMR Regional Office, Garda Headquarters, Harcourt Square, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

New setup to ‘render’ applications to work with vulnerable without taking final decision

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly tells committee homelessness is symptom of ‘deeper supply issues’

An Irish cancer charity said that while it recognised e-cigarettes were safer than tobacco, it could not recommend them for use as a smoking cessation device until further research was carried out. Photograph: Getty Images

Charity responds to report by doctors in UK that devices can help smokers to quit tobacco

Prof Mary Flynn and Shane Jennings at the FSAI open meeting on food and fitness in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Teenagers need protection from ‘unhealthy messages’ on body image, conference hears

A county council has been ordered to pay €50,000 to a woman after it failed to renew her contract when she notified it that she was pregnant.  File photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty

Workplace Relations Commission rules after council failed to renew woman’s contract

 Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation

Mark Surman says there are many potential threats on the horizon to the internet as an open platform

The Vartry lower reservoir, at Roundwood, Co Wicklow. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish Water submits planning application for new treatment plant on Co Wicklow site

Privacy experts said on Monday the council had no statutory basis for the publication of the images and that it had no legal basis for doing so. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dublin City Council maintains publication of pictures of alleged dumping is proportionate

The Secret Cartoonist Exhibition on display at NUI Galway. Photograph: Michelinesthreeconditions.wordpress.com

University reverses decision not to allow students show works by ‘secret cartoonist’

Martin Brett of the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney said co-ordinating the census in the hotel will be a challenge. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Managers must get an estimated 50,000 guests to fill in the compulsory form

 ‘Iris Oifigiúil’, the State’s official gazette.

Publishing of names and addresses in State’s gazette to be reviewed following complaints

Deirdre Waldron, president of Network Ireland, Julie Sinnamon, chief executive of  Enterprise Ireland, Siobhan Byrne Learat of Adams & Butler and Ciara Carolan of  ADN Materials at the launch of the “Fuelling Ambition” roadshows

Enterprise Ireland and Network Ireland to host free events around country

There is concern about the potential explosion of personal data processed by the Internet of Things

There is still little advice on how firms can deal ethically with personal data

The Irish Aviation Authority has apologised for a data breach involving its drone register. File photograph: Getty Images

Aviation body says once notified of problem it worked to have system fixed within hours

A civil servant received a payout of more than €1 million under a Government severance scheme and had more than seven years of ‘notional’ work added to their overall service. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

C&AG report shows an additional payment was not disclosed in department’s accounts

Confidentiality clauses were a feature in every agreement underpinning the discretionary severance payments examined, said the C&AG. Photograph: Getty Images

C&AG report critical of some procedures for payouts from public sector programmes

The judge said if Shop Direct paid €5,000 to Pieta House suicide prevention charity he would strike out the charge. Regarding The Irish Times Ltd, he told the company to pay €3,000 to Pieta House. Photograph: The Irish Times

Companies to contribute to Pieta House suicide-prevention charity in lieu of conviction

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