The Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon began  a formal investigation of the public services card project last October. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Tim Duggan tells committee that former commissioner ordered validation phone line

The remains of a significant number of juveniles were found at the site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Historian calls on members of the public to make submissions to Galway County Council

The Oireachtas Committee on Employment and Social Protection was told about 4,000 people had failed to go through the  registration process and had  their free travel withdrawn. Photograph: Brian O’Brien

Department officials appear before Oireachtas committee

New EU rules on data protection impose mandatory data breach reporting unless the breach is unlikely to result in a risk to those whose data is being processed.

Data governance burden to increase under new EU regulations

 The publication of monthly “patient safety” reports was recommended by chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan in February 2014 following a review of maternity services at Portlaoise. File photograph: Getty Images

Prof Fergal Malone says a ‘culture of blame’ still exists within the Irish healthcare system

Guidance published by the Health and Safety Authority says nail products including acrylic nail liquids can cause dermatitis and allergic reactions. Image: iStock

Health and Safety Authority warns it will carry out more inspections and issues guidance for staff

A sign on a Dublin shop reads ‘Temporarily closed due to power cut’. Photograph: Dominick Coyle/The Irish Times

Crews worked to restore electricity after contractors hit underground ESB cables

In some circumstances, ‘public bodies’ will be exempt from various provisions of the legislation in relation to the rights of individuals under data protection law. Photograph: iStockphoto

Senator has ‘serious concern’ over amendment to extend definition of public bodies

In the the wholesale electricity  market, there is  joint decision-making by a single body for the island of Ireland

Concern over plan by utility regulator end link with Republic

Digital health services will enable the right information about the right patients to be available securely in the right health care setting at the right time.

Previous estimates for electronic health record suggest it will cost up to €875 million

Supt Gerry Delmar speaks to the media at the scene on Friday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Joanne Lee (38), whose body was discovered in Ranelagh house, had been strangled

 Tina Roche of the Community Foundation for Ireland, centre, with businesswoman  Norah Casey,  and Mark Prentice of Bord Gáis Energy. Photograph: Jason Clarke.

Businesswoman Norah Casey presented with Philanthropist of the Year award in Dublin

The Oireachtas committee adopted the recommendations of a review initiated in 2016 after allegations claiming Garda wrongly intercepted records of three journalists. File photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Oireachtas group recommends compensation be available if records illegally obtained

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Prof Chris Fitzpatrick criticises views expressed by Dr Ali Selim in RTÉ interview

A white-tailed sea eagle. File photograph: iStock

Department of Agriculture says risk to public from H5N6 ‘very low’ after eagle found dead

 Minister for Health Simon Harris and Irish Cancer Society chief executive Averil Power during the launch of Daffodil Day at the Citywest Hotel. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Irish Cancer Society says record numbers using service as it plans March fundraiser

Dubliner and campaigner Laura Lee, who has died suddenly. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Dublin woman had planned to challenge law in North criminalising purchase of sex

File photograph of Paschal Donohoe, with a facsimile of his public services card. Photograph: Eric Luke

ICCL to tell Oireachtas committee that the scheme may lead to targeting of minorities

Scotland’s Brexit secretary Michael Russell:  did not expect “much clarity” from the British government on the final Brexit deal. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Minister for UK negotiations on future of Scotland in Europe says situation is ‘unwanted’

The report says regulatory policy options could be considered, such as providing incentives to radon-proof buildings in areas that are at risk. Photograph: Alan Betson

ESRI matches geographical data on naturally occurring gas with cancer figures

Rodents and rodent droppings were among the reasons given for food safety closure orders in January.

FSAI says inspectors also found a live rodent in a cavity wall of a bakery in Cork in January

Allegations of abuse at the Raheny Community Nursing Unit were received by Hiqa. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Hiqa finds major non-compliance at Raheny home operated by Beaumont Hospital

The study found participants who drank high-temperature tea, consumed alcohol excessively, and smoked had an oesophageal cancer risk more than five times greater than those who had none of those habits. Photograph: Getty

Chinese study finds risk five times higher in tea drinkers who smoke and drink alcohol

Brother Clohessy was head of St Augustine’s, a school for boys with special needs in Blackrock, Co Dublin, from 1970 until 1993, when he was relocated to Malawi. Photograph: Youtube

Charity ‘extremely concerned’ about allegations involving Irish Brother

Sinn Féin president-elect Mary Lou McDonald, ICTU general secretary Patricia King and Labour Senator Ivana Bacik at the graveside commemoration of Constance Markievicz at  Glasnevin Cemetery.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Graveside commemoration for feminist and Rising leader who was first Irish woman MP

Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis: censured by the party but no suspension. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Action involving Dessie Ellis and Cllr Noeleen Reilly comes amid ‘ongoing issues’ in Dublin constituency

Gerry Kelly of  Sinn Féin.  File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Party leader-elect Mary Lou McDonald has ‘no clue’ why justice spokesman had a bolt cutters

Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, at a media briefing on the  publication of the Data Protection Bill. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Justice says he expects State bodies to be ‘fully compliant’ with new EU law

The  restaurant in  Mosney reception centre, where a new points-based system for obtaining food has been introduced. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

‘Points’ system provides asylum seekers with card to buy food products

 Gardaí and members of the Garda forensic unit at the scene of the  fatal shooting of Jason Molyneaux   at James Larkin House on the North Strand, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says commitment will be ‘redoubled’ after fatal inner city shooting

‘We are seeing heroic work being done at hospital level, but it shouldn’t take heroism to deliver standard quality trauma care.’ Photograph: iStock

Audit finds 45% with severe head injuries did not receive care at a neurological centre

Alan Thawley, husband of  Malak Thawley, who died in  May 2016 at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Hospital given permission to challenge plan for Hiqa inquiry into Malak Thawley’s death

The Euro Health Consumer Index 2017 rates Ireland in 24th place, down two places in the index since the previous year.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Think-tank rates Netherlands top for health among 35 countries in Europe

A cervical cancer cell. Almost 300 women in Ireland are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and up to 90 die from it.

CervicalCheck head says cancer rates are higher in areas of deprivation

Rory Lenihan pleaded guilty to 12 sample charges of receiving payments for information while he was working at the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection in Letterkenny, Co Donegal (above). Photograph: Google street view

Rory Lenihan from Letterkenny received almost €22,000 from private investigators

St John of God allegations: Br Aidan Clohessy was head of St Augustine’s School in Blackrock, Co Dublin

Br Aidan Clohessy ‘still worked with children in Africa’ after Irish sex abuse claims

A Swedish study   on more than 43,000 men  found that how much a person drinks in their late teens can predict the risk of developing cirrhosis later in life. Photograph: iStock

Study says safe limits may have to be revised after examination of habits of 43,000 men

High Court president Mr Justice Peter Kelly said he was “completely open-minded” about suggestions for changes to the ward of court system. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

National Safeguarding Committee says ‘archaic’ system needs urgent replacement

Hiqa has published 17 reports on residential centres for older people

Watchdog publishes reports on standards at 17 nursing homes throughout the State

The sports yard at the Dóchas  centre women’s prison, North Circular Road, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Visiting committee fears overcrowding in Dublin’s Dóchas centre fuels ‘serious discontent’

Dr Kevin  Kelleher  said there was an increase in the number of people receiving the flu vaccine last week. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

HSE says between 18,000 and 20,000 likely to have suffered the virus last week

Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists chair Dr Peter Boylan. The institute said it looked forward to continuing to assist “in informing legislation to enhance women’s health and safety”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Fianna Fáil Senator Catherine Ardagh says intervention by doctors’ group is ‘significant’

The scene of the fire at St Margaret’s in Dublin. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Dublin Fire Brigade had eight units at scene of blaze at compound in St Margaret’s near airport

Chief prison officer Brian Stack was shot in the neck in Dublin on March 25th, 1983, and died 18 months later

An Garda Síochána satisfied it was given ‘all information’ in inquiry into prison officer’s murder

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland  said Ruposhi Indian Restaurant in Drumcondra, Dublin, was ordered to close on December 20th due to evidence of a cockroach infestation and a lack of food hygiene

Cobwebs and dead spiders evident in dry goods store, Safety Authority says

Superintendents will refuse to engage in changes in Garda

The Department of Social Protection says 3.034 million public services cards had been issued by the end of 2017.

Contract with Biometric Card Services ‘modified’ pending preparation of new request for tender

The second man arrested over the murder of Denis Donaldson has been released by gardaí. Pictured are Martin McGuinness, Denis Donaldson and Gerry Adams at Stormont in 2005. Photograph: PA

Gardaí say file to be prepared for Director of Public Prosecutions

 Conor Skehan, the chair of the Housing Agency. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

SF councillor says Conor Skehan’s remarks have ‘disqualified him from the job’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with presenter Kathryn Thomas at Croke Park during an event for ‘Operation Transformation’ community leaders. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Prof Donal O’Shea says obesity levels are driving the current trolley emergency

Consultants Sytorus said it “strongly” recommended that Tusla’s continued use of fax machines for correspondence should be “reduced and kept to a minimum”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Child and family agency says it is improving data protection ahead of new EU regulation

The Government is seeking tenders for strategic and technical support in relation to aspects of the public services card project.

Tenders sought for technical and strategic support for project first rolled out in 2011

A shrine with an image of the Virgin Mary is seen on the site of the former mother-and-baby home run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam, Co Galway. File photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Mother-and-baby home group renews call for DNA testing and postmortems

The St Paul’s section at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, where the crematorium chapel was to have been built. Photograph: Alan Betson

Crematorium chapel granted planning permission by Dublin City Council in November

Hiqa has published 22 reports  on residential services for people with disabilities. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Watchdog finds non-compliance with regulations at some facilities in State

Gardaí said the Cavan stabbing incident occurred at Dublin Street, Ballyjamesduff, at about 11pm on Sunday

Willie Lynch was discovered dead in his home on in Pallaskenry on Saturday

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a fatal stabbing in Cavan on Sunday night.

Victim pronounced dead in hospital following incident in Ballyjamesduff at 11pm

The first baby of the year was born in Limerick this morning. Photograph: Eric Luke/File

Baby boy weighing 3.26kg among many deliveries at State’s busy maternity units

Officials at the Department of Finance considered cuts to child benefit. Photograph: Alan Betson

Finance officials said the move would make it difficult for couples who were already heavily taxed

Plans for a five-storey extension of the Rotunda maternity hospital in Dublin were rejected because the number of live births in the region was ‘falling significantly’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Officials said falling birth rates must mean existing facilities were ‘underused’

A Garda checkpoint in Co Donegal at the Border with Northern Ireland in November 1985. Photograph: Alain Le Garsmeur/Getty Images

Authorities ‘embarrassed’ after overflight took Beaver aircraft within 23 miles of Dublin airport

Secretary to the government Dermot Nally wrote  to say it was the view of the taoiseach’s department that because of the ‘highly sensitive nature of the issues involved’, other departments should be consulted on a ‘limited and confidential basis’.  Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Taoiseach’s department argued sensitive issues should be dealt with by a cabinet committee

The Department of Foreign Affairs was “deeply concerned” about being named as a major arms exporter. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Officials wrote to Swedish peace research group after ‘very serious error’ in yearbook

Gerard Harvey, chairman of the National Lottery (right) pictured with Raymond Keaveney,  director of the National Gallery in 1989. The gallery  carried out the renovation of the roof of the 1864 extension and the complete refurbishment of the Italian Rooms, which was  made possible with an allocation of £950.00 from the National lottery Fund. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Lottery received legal threat before launch from man who had registered business name

 The artist Phil Coulter:  Bruton said  advertising and promotion campaigns were “a matter of individual taste, as is Phil Coulter’s music”. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘What can you gain by doing one-night stands in the US – it is like a midge flying into a hurricane?’

RTÉ presenter Marian Finucane photographed in 1987. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Department of Finance warned failure to invest would make quality of output slip

The statue of Queen Victoria outside the Queen Victoria building in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Embassy representatives said callers warned them to ‘stay away’ from unveiling in Sydney

The library at the the Irish College in Paris, pictured in 2000. Photograph: Eric Luke

Official questioned merits of spending money on a building owned by the French government

Iranian revolutionary guards march during a 2008 ceremony near Tehran to mark the  anniversary of the onset of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988).  Photograph: AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

Irish diplomat in Tehran feared how Iranians might react to ‘offensive programme on RTÉ’

An Phoblacht said an IRA volunteer had been authorised to show the document to an RTÉ journalist prior to Fenn going on holiday. Photograph: Frank Miller

Nicholas Fenn expressed confidence in Garda after broadcast of details of trip to Kerry

 Lissadell House in Sligo is now owned by barristers Constance Cassidy and Eddie Walsh

Relative of Constance Markievicz did not want estate turned into a ‘hurdy gurdy’ tourist attraction

Larry Goodman with Charles Haughey and Denis Buckley at the Fianna Fail National Business Conference in January 1987

Comments appear as civil servants examine Programme for National Recovery pledges

Former taoiseach   Charles Haughey   in 1987: He  wrote to ministers in May of that year and told them that  a “radical approach” should be adopted to spending cuts and that no expenditure should be regarded as “sacrosanct”. Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Proposals included charging secondary pupils £200 and introduction of a property tax

 The triumphant Dublin return of Stephen  Roche  in July after he won the Tour de France Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

North’s death toll rises, general elections and a Tour de France win for Roche

Bob Geldof, chairman of the Band Aid Trust, as the Trust donated its archive to the National Library of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Boomtown Rats singer donates Band Aid archive to National Library of Ireland

Speaking outside Leinster House Senator Ronan Mullen said the three members were “horrified by the cavalier way in which the committee majority voted to recommend widespread, legalised abortion, partly out of a desire to avoid figuring out how to deal with complex cases”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Dissenting anti-abortion Oireachtas members publish minority report

The coroner said there should be local operating procedures or guidelines in relation to storage of fluids and drugs used in anaesthesia. File photograph: Getty Images

Dublin City Coroner hears Sandra Doran’s body found in parents’ accommodation area

Mobile operator Three has been fined €575,000 by communications regulator. Photograph: Reuters

Mobile operator commits to contacting customers and advising them properly of their rights

Recipients of the bronze Gaisce medal presented by the President Michael D Higgins at Mosney yesterday, from left, Mimmie Malaba, Tracy Sefu and Trish Sefu. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

10 young people at Mosney direct provision centre receive bronze Gaisce awards

A ’look back’ process is under way on ’a portion of radiology investigations’. Photograph: Getty

Clinical director of Tralee facility says staff shortages not to blame for delayed diagnoses

The scans examined, including X-rays, cat scans and ultrasounds, relate to work carried out by one individual who is no longer working at the hospital. Photograph: Getty

X-rays, ultrasounds and cat scans examined after three serious events reported

The Irish Government’s latest brief to  not support  either party in a  landmark case involving emails on a Microsoft server in Dublin is a departure from its previous position

Neutral position in privacy case before US court is departure from earlier position

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

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