Microsoft’s HQ in the US. Microsoft handed over some related email metadata stored in the US, but refused to surrender the Dublin emails.

US Supreme Court to hear appeal on emails stored on server in Dublin

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said  the party would fight the next election to maximise its vote, its mandate and its numbers of TDs and senators. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Dublin Central TD said election could happen ‘at any time so we must be prepared’

Former chief justice  Mr Justice Thomas Finlay  at Áras an Uachtaráin in 1992. Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

President Higgins leads tributes to distinguished member of the Bar and former TD

Vodafone has been convicted and fined €11,500 and agreed to pay costs of €10,500 after it was prosecuted by the communications regulator in four cases where it either overcharged charged customers incorrectly

Regulator took State’s largest mobile operator to court over instances where customers were incorrectly charged

A drug to treat adults with chronic heart failure will become available to suitable patients in Ireland from Friday.

HSE will reimburse the costs of Entresto to treat adults with chronic heart failure

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: to date, some 2.98 million public services cards have been issued, he said on Thursday. File photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Social Protection reveals costs include pay for up to 216 staff on project

The committee will then publish a “brief” report making its recommendations to the Oireachtas on the Eighth Amendment on December 20th

Members to give recommendation on whether abortion ban should be repealed

The National Youth Council of Ireland study aimed to identify some of the issues facing young people from minority ethnic communities. Image: iStock.

National Youth Council study finds racism a ‘normal’ feature of some young people’s lives

Dr Peter Thompson will tell the Oireachtas committee debating the Eighth Amendment that more than  3,000 women a year travel from the Republic of Ireland to England or Wales for a termination of pregnancy. Photograph: Coloroftime/E+/Getty.

UK-based consultant to appear before committee on Eighth Amendment on Wednesday

Dr A was involved in the delivery of baby Mark Molloy, who died at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise on January 24th, 2012.  Photograph: David Sleator

Professional misconduct alleged against ‘Dr A’ following death of baby at Portlaoise hospital

The Medical Council: a fitness-to-practise inquiry has heard that Róisín Molloy, the baby’s mother, says she was informed baby Mark’s birth had been a stillbirth but she later went on to investigate this claim. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fitness-to-practise inquiry continues into ‘Doctor A’ following birth of Mark Molloy in 2012

CCTV cameras  installed in Duleek, Co Meath. “Blanket surveillance such as this has been struck down on several occasions by the European courts,” said local solicitor Fred Logue. Photograph: Alan Betson

Duleek in Co Meath has cameras covering the entire village as part of a community surveillance scheme, but is it a vital crime pre(...)

CCTV: Part of Duleek’s €50,000 system. Photograph: Alan Betson

Watchdog to examine surveillance schemes and use of car number-plate recognition

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the National Union of Journalists made submissions to the Oireachtas Committee on Justice on the General Scheme of the Communications (Data Retention) Bill 2017

Oireachtas Justice Committee told that scheme of data retention Bill does not comply with EU law

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said there was ‘no place to hide’ for criminals.

Sergeant and eight gardaí assigned following recent attacks on farms

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) found two centres for adults with disabilities in Palmerstown in Dublin, run by Stewarts Care Limited, were not safe and had significant non compliance with the regulations. Photograph: Stock image via Getty

Hiqa report finds two Stewarts Care services in serious breach of regulations

Members of EL C, Ian McConnell, Gordon Kerr and Iain Macdonald, who have released ‘Don’t Cry for Christmas’ in aid of cancer research.

Musician Ian McConnell says both his wives died from the disease

A homeless man sleeps outside the Custom House in Dublin: The “relatively large incidence of homelessness” reported by some countries  is partly explained by the fact those countries adopt a broad definition of the term. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

OECD report says there is no internationally agreed definition of homelessness

Former chairman of Paddy Power Fintan Drury said: ‘You cannot have booze advertising on television in this country until a certain hour of the evening, but you can have gambling.’ File photograph: Frank Miller

Fact gambling ads allowed in afternoon a scandal, says former chairman of Paddy Power

‘Unresolved issues in professional relationships among staff’ in Gonzaga

The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition takes place from January 10th to 13th at the RDS in Dublin. File  Photograph: Eric Luke

Finalists announced for 54th year of Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

A new study has found 90% of physicians felt they could not provide the best possible clinical care without using instant messaging. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

97% of interns at Limerick hospital sending confidential information without consent

Artist’s impression of Tara House, intended to be a “landmark gateway” marking the transition between Dublin’s historic core and the contemporary architecture of Docklands

Building to house 10,361 sq m of offices and ‘penthouse level’ restaurant, hearing told

“All employers have a duty of care to provide a safe and healthy workplace, and this duty extends to mental as well as physical safety and health.” File photograph: Getty Images

Health and Safety Authority says website will help identify problems and aid legal compliance

A spokeswoman said faults on masts could only be repaired during daylight hours for health and safety reasons.

Some radio listeners in Dublin suffered impact of problem needing ‘urgent attention’

Chief medical officer Tony Holohan, Dr Kathleen MacLellan, director of the National Patient Safety Office, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, Minister for Health Simon Harris and chief veterinary officer Martin Blake at the launch of Ireland’ s National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

CPE bug costing hospitals millions to fight and could kill half of those who contract it

Dublin Fire Brigade treated the woman, along with a 35-year-old man at an apartment in Dorset Square. Photograph: Elaine Edwards

Man taken to hospital with serious injuries following death of Anne Colomines

Public Health Alcohol Bill will reform how alcohol is sold and promoted

Health experts say Ibec and alcohol industry ‘surrogates’ trying to ‘spook’ Oireachtas members

ESB crew workers at Glenamuck Road restoring services following Ophelia storm damage. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

ESB Networks continuing to work to restore electricity to customers in parts of Cork and Wexford

Among the primary aims for the media campaign is the creation of public awareness of the card and the MyGovID online service, which allows people to register for a “digital identity”.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Departments want to increase uptake and counteract ‘negative’ media coverage

A motion of no confidence in the board of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy was withdrawn. It had arisen after efforts to get details of foreign travel and credit card spending had allegedly failed.

Counselling and psychotherapy body subject of claims of lack of financial transparency

Screengrab from the TedX channel on YouTube of Dr Leandro Herrero speaking in February 2014.

HSE says Values in Action is a ‘new approach to building kind of health service we all want’

The Data Protection Commissioner said she would use her investigative powers to examine the legality of the public services card and related systems.

Office welcomes clarity on some issues in documents published by Department of Social Protection

Mock operating theatre/intensive care units at the RCSI’s York Street facility. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

College aims to go to ‘next level’ by opening world class facility for surgical students

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 Leo Sherlock agreed not to repeat the copyright breaches. Image: Screengrab from

CCC Nuacht proceedings alleged multiple breaches of copyright by website

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

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