Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes said he often felt he was fighting a ‘losing battle’ with some State bodies on privacy issues. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

There is an opportunity for Ireland to be seen as a model of a country that can embrace advanced technology without sacrificing rights guaranteed by o(...)

The compensation payments have been  made to turf-cutters who were required to cease cutting on 53 raised bogs as special areas of conservation under the EU habitats directive. Photograph:  Hany Marzouk

The Government has spent almost €9 million to date on compensation payments to turf-cutters affected by the designation of 53 bogs as special areas o(...)

The Irish Genealogy website after the database was removed

Potentially sensitive personal details of every citizen born or who married in the State, including information often used for security questions f(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes: The risks involved in the site were “obvious”. Photograph: David Sleator

There were “obvious risks” associated with the availability of citizens’ personal data on the irishgenealogy.ie site, including the potential for ide(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton, the new Leader of the Labour Party, has been in discussions with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and new Tánaiste Joan Burton have completed their first day of negotiations over the future shape of the Coalition and its polici(...)

The stable block and chapel of Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Why is it of interest? Charleville Castle is an extravagantly proportioned Gothic Revival castle, built by Francis Johnson between 1800 and 1812 for (...)

Irish Roots

After a recent column about placenames, a reader enquired why I’d left out the website of the Irish Placenames Commission, logainm.ie. I responded tha(...)

The tombstone of John Parr, the first British soldier killed in World War I, on August 21st, 1914, at the Military Cemetery of Saint-Symphorien in Spiennes, Mons. Photograph: Benoit Doppagne/AFP/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins is to attend an official British commemoration for the start of the first World War at Mons in Belgium. He will be among (...)

Members of Loughrea Arts, Recreation and Culture  at the boarded up Loughrea Town Hall. From front: Fiona Keane of the East Galway Youth Theatre with her daughter Orlagh and son Adam, John Kelly of the Seumas O’Kelly Players (as Lord Lascelles), Mary Davison of Loughrea Active Retirement, and John Creaven of the Seumas O’Kelly Players. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Musician Tony Callanan might not have too much in common with Toto, the Sicilian boy who forged a close bond with projectionist Alfredo in Giuseppe T(...)

Ready to go: Liam Lysaght, a keen member of the Marble City Cyclers

When Christopher McCandless, the “American supertramp”, abandoned his educated middle-class comforts to “walk into the wild”, he had hoped for a type (...)