Joe O’Connor, lead organiser Forsa Trade Union with Maria Dunne, chairwoman, School Secretary Branch and Marion Jackson, treasurer at the launch of a nationwide campaign calling for respect and fair conditions for all school secretaries. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fórsa launches Save Our Secretaries campaign to end two-tier system in schools

In some cases social workers failed to notify gardaí of suspected abuse of children. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Hiqa says figures suggest ‘under-reporting’ of allegations of abuse to An Garda Síochána

Leona O’Callaghan will say that her abuse “broke me in ways I will never heal from”.

Limerick woman calls for change to concurrent sentencing for repeat sex offenders

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan launching the passport card in 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

State has secured a derogation from proposed new EU security regulation

The Law Society is to hold an urgent meeting with solicitors angry about new High Court rules.  File photograph: Eric Luke

Solicitors express concerns over High Court direction on asylum and citizenship cases

Several barristers voiced their concern to Judge Richard Humphreys when he heard the asylum list in the High Court on Monday. File photograph: Getty Images

Solicitors indicate ‘grave concern’ about their capacity to comply with new measure

Hiqa had concerns about five Brothers of Charity facilities. File photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Watchdog may be forced to cancel registration of facility operated by Brothers of Charity

The Government has denied the Public Services Card is a national identity card

Irish Council for Civil Liberties calls for publication of information in public interest

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said she appreciated ‘the clear information provided which demonstrates the work being done to guide Tusla in implementing Hiqa’s recommendations’.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Expert group looks at agency’s steps to deal with handling of child abuse cases

A screengrab from the Gaming for Peace simulation training software developed with the aid of a €2m grant from the EU’s Horizon 2020 project.

Researchers at TCD led ‘Gaming for Peace’ project which aims to teach co-operation skills

Children at a residential support centre for teenagers told social care inspectors they did not always feel safe due to the behaviour of other children living there, an inspection report said.

Behaviour of other teens had negative impact, inspectors said of Co Kildare youth facility

In total, 55,652 fathers have availed of paternity benefit since the programme’s inception in September 2016. Photograph: iStock

In 2018, 24,080 men applied for benefit, paid at €240 per week for two weeks’ leave

A “juvenile rodent” had been seen in the dining area and main kitchen at  Casement Aerodrome  earlier in the month. File photograph: Eric Isselée

Cooked chicken found in cardboard boxes previously used for raw chicken in Co Meath outlet

A spokeswoman for Bus Éireann said the majority of the company’s city buses had special protective screens that form part of the driver cab. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

NBRU calls for safety screens and scheme to ensure continuation of normal pay

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: reminded people to be vigilant in relation to their personal safety whilst travelling overseas. Photograph: Donall Farmer/The Irish Times

Consular services given for arrest, death, child abduction, natural disasters and terrorism

Schools throughout the State will be invited to take part in the consultation on children’s data protection rights. Photograph: iStockphoto

Data Protection Commission to consult a range of stakeholders on codes of conduct

Climate activists ‘will consider legal action’ if plans are not changed to ensure greater energy efficiency

A statutory investigation into Twitter’s compliance with EU data protection law has been opened Photograph:iStock

Statutory investigation by Data Protection Commission comes after a number of breaches

Minister for Health Simon Harris opened a training day for more than 60 GPs who have committed to providing the service over the weekend. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Training for GPs and gynaecologists ahead of introduction of services in January

The Government has opened a three-month public consultation on what it says would be the most significant reform of the electoral registration process in 100 years: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Options for more accurate data on voters include use of PPS number

Purpose of the regulations is to ‘support health research and promote enhanced public confidence in such research’.

Researchers will be able to apply in exceptional circumstances to use personal data without consent

Dr Peter Boylan said a 24-hour, seven-day helpline would be operational on January 1st. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

HSE’s clinical adviser says ‘plenty’ of GPs available to provide services to those up to 12 weeks pregnant

Marc Rotenberg, president of the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC)

US activist says Government must act to safeguard fundamental rights in digital space

The Data Protection Commission has issued guidance on the use of dash cams.

Data Protection Commission has issued guidelines on dash cameras for motorists

A paper published by the ESRI found that those living closer to the coast had a lower risk of depression than people who lived farther away. Photograph: iStock

ESRI study examines separate effects of proximity to coast and sea views with mental health impact

The Data Protection Commission says motorists using dash cams have responsibilities as data controllers. Photograph: iStockPhoto

Data regulator says publishing footage on social media platforms risked infringing privacy rights

Evidence of rodents gnawing at bread packaging was uncovered at a Tesco store in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim. Photograph: Getty Images

Supermarket one of 13 businesses served with closure orders in November by FSAI

Over three million photographs are held in the department’s facial matching database for the public services card

Department of Social Protection allegedly interfered with role of its data protection officer

Extra Government funding of €655m  will be needed this year to deal with over-spending by the Health Service Executive – 4%  of overall health expenditure for 2018

Health committee told €85m more will be required to supplement hospitals due to ‘significant reduction’ in private patient income

It has been ruled that public bodies such as the Workplace Relations Commission must have the jurisdiction not to apply a rule of Irish national law that is contrary to EU law.

Court of Justice of European Union rules on referral from Supreme Court in equality case

Trade union representatives will meet Aer Lingus management later this week to discuss the airline’s installation of CCTV cameras at Dublin Airport to monitor what it terms ‘unacceptable behaviour’ by some staff. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Airline says move at Dublin Airport aims to protect customer and company property

Volunteers leaving Apollo House in January 2017. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/ The Irish Times

Brendan Ogle says there has been no ideological rethink in order to solve homeless crisis

Hiqa report found  four personnel records reviewed did not contain An Garda Síochána vetting disclosures.

Health standards watchdog publishes 27 inspection reports on nursing homes

Data Protection Commission says it has not called for any ‘pause’ on community CCTV.

DPC says ongoing inquiry is examining operation of schemes in local authority areas

Blackbird (Turdus merula). Photograph: Brian Burke/Birdwatch Ireland

Birdwatch Ireland appeals for information from households for annual bird survey

Hurling: GAA welcomes ‘prestigious’ listing by Unesco

GAA welcomes ‘prestigious’ listing recognising impact on ‘intangible cultural heritage of humanity’

In the field of arts, culture and sport, the winners are the authors William Kennedy and Edna O’Brien. Photograph: Frank Miller

Presidential Distinguished Service Awards to be presented to 10 people by Michael D Higgins

The DPC found the Reception and Integration Agency and Aramark infringed a resident’s data protection rights.

Data Protection Commissioner says State agency and contractor Aramark breached duties

landlords, or their agents, should not seek PPS numbers during the initial phase of the lettings process and should only do so when the lease was being agreed, the DPC said.

Data commission urges procedures for disposing of records once lettings conclude

LinkedIn in the US processed the email addresses of 18 million non-users to target them with ads on Facebook.

Data Protection Commissioner audit says US company acted outside its remit

Nine incidents involved the consensual sharing of images by peers on phones or social media and 20 referrals related to initial consensual sharing of images with one party then forwarding the images to third parties. Photograph: iStock

Report notes need for modernised legislation as current Act passed before emergence of smartphones

M50 traffic. Photograph: Alan Betson

Proposed €75m retail development includes indoor sky-diving arena, cinemas and cafes

Minister  Josepha Madigan with author Sinead Moriarty at the announcement in the National Gallery of Ireland. Photograph: Tony Maxwell/Maxwells

Five bursaries of up to €20,000 will be awarded annually to women artists

The mural in Dublin’s Temple Bar calling for a repeal of the Eighth Amendment. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Róisín McGarr raised concerns over authority’s decision to remove pro-repeal mural

UN special rapporteur  recently wrote to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to warn him that the company’s overly broad definition of terrorism could lead to censorship.  Photograph: Reuters/Kacper Pempel

States of emergency are ‘synonymous with human rights violations’ says Prof Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

A spokesman for the Data Protection Commission said its position had not changed. Photograph: iStock

Mobile network providers say they have provided no data to Government statistics agency

Aer Arann was established in 1970. Photograph: Aer Arann

Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh had said Aer Arann Islands services would no longer run

The President, Michael D  Higgins meets   the newest member of the Humanist Association of Ireland, Zoe, and her mother, Selina Campbell,  at the association’s 25th anniversary  celebrations. Photograph:  Maxwell’s

Organisation marks 25th anniversary ‘striving for a more equal Ireland’

Aoife Murphy and Leo Varadkar in the Taoiseach’s office in Government Buildings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Aoife Murphy won Unicef competition for campaign to lower voting age to 16

A hospital in Tullamore has been hit by a ransomware attack.

Dublin Midlands Hospital Group working with HSE after ‘isolated’ incident

Among 20 recommendations, the committee also suggests the Government should undertake research into the potential links between obesity, mental health, and the portrayal of body image on social media and in traditional media. File photograph: Getty Images

Oireachtas committee says home economics should be compulsory at Junior Cycle

Health Information and Quality Authority report on  Gleann Alainn said “inspectors found that An Garda Síochána had been called by members of the staff team to manage children’s behaviour which resulted in children being pepper sprayed and or handcuffed”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Hiqa inspectors found inadequate governance by child and family agency Tusla

The Civil Liability Act gives legal protection in respect of information provided or any apology given during an open disclosure meeting with a patient or their family. File photograph: Getty Images

Report highlights advances in complaints system but signals room for improvement

The Central Bank said its rules about desk-sharing are similar to those in other modern organisations. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Unite says bank has reneged on pledge that all staff would have desks in North Wall HQ

New Zealand’s minister for  foreign affairs  Winston Peters. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

NZ deputy prime minister says democracy ‘under attack’ in way not seen for generations

A traditional Maori  blessing was held to mark the opening of the New Zealand embassy in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Traditional Maori blessing for opening of NZ office in Dublin

Irish Heart Foundation chief executive Tim Collins, parent advocate Siobhan Donohue and keynote speaker Dan Parker at the charity’s launch event on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish Heart Foundation campaign calls on industry to stop targeting children with unhealthy products

Can AI help us to achieve our dreams of a better work-life balance?

ADAPT Centre at Trinity College Dublin hosting public ‘think-in’ for Science Week

The 1916 centenary commemorative medals which were presented to members of the Defence Forces by President Michael D Higgins, in December 2017. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Government department seeks tenders for medals to recognise role played in centenary events

Children feel fear and isolation when  something they do online goes horribly wrong, says chief executive of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, John Church. Photograph: Getty Images

Bruton seeks urgent advice from Attorney General on digital safety commissioner Bill

Rosaleen McDonagh said so-called feminist “waves” had failed to realise the impact of racism and discrimination on some women’s lives. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Playwright Rosaleen McDonagh says some Irish women have been written out of history

Sir David Cannadine told  an event at NovaUCD, that it was  not clear what the future position for Britain regarding the significant funding its academics currently obtain from the European Research Council.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Head of British Academy speaks of concerns for humanities, social sciences and movement of researchers

Blandine Mollard of EIGE’s research and statistics unit presented the initial findings of the digitalisation study in Vienna.

Culture of ‘toxic masculinity’ emerges from focus groups in EU research on use of digital technologies

Dublin Fire Brigade received hundreds of fire-related calls on Halloween, traditionally one of its busiest days of the year. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Dublin Fire Brigade and its ambulance service urge caution during a busy day

Noppera-Bo Technologies has developed a product that uses advanced machine learning to simplify the process of redacting identifiable information from CCTV or other video sources

Video-redaction software developed by Noppera-Bo Technologies designed to help GDPR compliance

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said of One House: “This new approach is aimed at ensuring children are not retraumatised by having to recount the details of their ordeal a number of times to different people.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Three government departments to co-ordinate approach of One House centre in Galway

Minister for  the Environment Richard Bruton said that  the innovative approaches taken by the finalists “demonstrate the expertise Ireland has in this area and will inspire others to follow suit”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Sustainable Energy Awards also honour Gurteen College for ‘ambitious’ energy plan

Any new law must be robust and effective and must meet the “urgent policy need” to protect children. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Minister for Communications to consult AG on Sinn Féin TD’s digital safety Bill

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) carried out an unannounced inspection at Cherry Orchard Hospital iun Dublin over five days in May and June. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Hiqa inspection at Cherry Orchard Hospital found major ‘non-compliance’ with regulations

Weronika Niemierzycka, Melody McGuirk and Anthea Ring from Rockford Manor Blackrock, Co Dublin at the STEM launch at Accenture The Dock, Dublin. Photograph: Jason Clarke.

Survey finds almost half of girls in Transition Year have not yet chosen Leaving Cert subjects

The national average re-letting time has dropped significantly since 2016, down to 28.9 weeks. File photograph: Frank Miller

Audit report shows councils take on average over seven months to re-let houses

A senior judge has warned of the need for urgent action to revise a 2011 law that allows State agencies to access people’s phone and internet records

Report warns of difficult legal position due to previous rulings that retention is illegal

An individual born abroad is automatically an Irish citizen if one of their parents was an Irish citizen born in Ireland. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Yearly demand remains ‘significantly higher’ than years prior to Brexit vote, says Coveney

Miriam Roche, project manager for the electronic patient record, and Dr Gráinne Courtney, chief clinical information officer,  with one of the hospital’s new portable EPR trolleys. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Hospital says system will be more efficient for patients and help reduce waiting times

  Seán Kyne, Minister of State with responsibility for  Digital Development, and  Anthony Whelan, director of  Electronic Communications Networks and Services, DG Connect, at the Galway forum on Friday.

Minister says the journey towards a ‘digitally connected society’ must be completed

Gout is more common in men over 40; it causes extreme pain and swelling in the joints. Photograph: iStock

Research finds sufferers experience stigma due to perception that gout is ‘self-inflicted’

A review of some of the episodes showed that centre staff followed the correct missing-from-care procedures.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Hiqa inspectors expressed concern centre in south was not meeting needs of children

Some workers at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust were given height-adjustable desks for 12 months. Photograph: iStock

Workers at Leicester hospital reported greater engagement and less anxiety, study finds

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon welcomed the increase in funding for her office.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Allocation brings total funds for the regulator to €15.2m in 2019

Former taoiseach John Bruton: “Under Parnell, the Irish Party became a disciplined, pledge-bound party.” File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Former taoiseach delivers annual commemoration lecture at Glasnevin Cemetery

Gavin Diffy said of the incident: “It is a moment in my life that lives vividly and painfully in my memory. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Presidential candidate says collision ‘lives vividly and painfully’ in his memory

“If you took a truckload of coal today and took it across the Border, you could save €2,200. And next week you can save €3,300.” Photograph: iStock

Industry sources claim price increase in budget will lead to illicit cross-Border trade

Layla the dog at a protest in support of the 209 women affected by the Cervical Check scandal  at Leinster House in May. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Executive apologises to women who did not have cancer for distress caused by letters

Minister for Mental Health Jim Daly TD launched the two reports on Thursday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Rate among homeless people rose by 13% on previous year – National Self-Harm Registry

A Hiqa inspector found  two residents whose finances were checked were down €100 in their cash balances.

Inspection by health watchdog found serious concerns after incident between two men at Louth centre

The Data Protection Commission has opened a formal investigation into the Facebook data breach.

Up to 50 million users impacted by glitch which opened personal data on users’ accounts to possible hacking

Data from HIPE is used in research, including to compile data on drug and alcohol-related hospital admissions. Photograph: iStock

Watchdog says HSE must implement nine recommendations on database used for health planning

Peamount Hospital in Newcastle, Co Dublin: the Deloitte report  identified that no competitive tendering exercise was carried out for the supply of a special-purpose patient transport vehicle.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Consultants identify governance issues at Dublin facility

Cheeverstown House was  not compliant with Department of Health salary scales in some cases.

Deloitte report also highlights instances of underpayments to housekeeping and other staff

The Irish Data Protection Commission, which is responsible for regulating Facebook’s data processing activities in Europe, says it is concerned about the breach. Photograph: Getty

Oireachtas committee to raise questions on latest security issue affecting 50m users

A recent survey found more than 15,800 advertisements for puppies and dogs were placed on the website between February and August this year. Photograph: iStock

Pet advisory group launches campaign to promote responsible pet adoption

The Energy Efficiency National Fund (EENF) was established to provide loan financing to both private and public organisations in order to support the delivery of energy-efficiency improvement programmes. Photograph: Ben Curtis/PA

€21m balance of externally controlled fund to be transferred to Climate Action Fund

 Theresa Kelly from Edenmore Residents’ Association outside the National Transport Authority headquarters where petitions against some of the BusConnects plans  were handed in. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Proposals would have ‘devastating’ effect on elderly and disabled, NBRU says

Products in Tesco, Lidl, Aldi, Supervalu and Dunnes all impacted by batch recall

President Michael D Higgins  at the opening of a €15 million student centre at Dublin City University on Thursday. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

New centre at DCU will provide resilience programmes and 24-hour access to counsellors

Radiographer Kashimbo Musonda is facing allegations of poor professional performance and professional misconduct in connection to events that transpired at University Hospital Waterford while she worked there in  2017. Image: iStock.

Ex-colleagues of Kashimbo Musonda reject claim she was treated differently due to race

Kashimbo Musonda is facing allegations of poor professional performance and professional misconduct in connection to events that transpired at University Hospital Waterford. Image: Google Streetview

Former employee denies claims in first fitness-to-practise inquiry taken by Coru

Former US president Barack Obama joins Senator Bob Casey (D- PA), Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (and other local Democratic candidates on stage at the end of a campaign rally on Friday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Midterm election day is November 6th. Photograph: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Department of Foreign Affairs received 395 applications for new overseas election roster

 Ombudsman Peter Tyndall said there were still aspects of the end-of-life service that required ‘urgent attention’. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Hospital staff broke news of man’s death to family saying he had been found ‘pulseless’

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten at the Data Summit conference, in Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Data Summit told of need to focus on benefits for end user in big data and AI innovations

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