More than 100 front-line Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland  staff and  senior management  have attended training sessions on transgender issues in the past two months. File photograph: Google Street View

College aims to cover legal obligations preventing discrimination against transgender people

Hiqa inspectors raise ‘serious concerns’ over safety and welfare as over 300 unauthorised absences are recorded

Keith Burke (29) of Addergoolemore, Dunmore, Co Galway, was found guilty of raping three foster children between 2003 and 2007. He was between 14 and 18 at the time, while the girls were all under 10. He  was jailed  earlier this month at the Central Criminal Court. File photograph: RTÉ

‘Sarah’ was one of three victims of Keith Burke (29), of Galway, who was jailed this month

The Government’s new tax on sugar-sweetened drinks will come into effect next Tuesday. File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Levy to commence after European Commission finds it does not constitute State aid

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Digital Rights Ireland are concerned about the possibility of discrimination against those most dependent on State services and about the lack of a legislative basis or independent supervision for the card.

Contentious card scheme costs State €60m to date, with over three million cards issued

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon gives evidence before an Oireachtas committee on Tuesday.

Data watchdog tells Oireachtas committee of the issues created by Facebook scandal

A Canadian group is seeking to monitor the abortion referendum campaign. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

NGO’s fundraising effort aims to send up to 24 electoral observers to assess if both sides ‘play fair’

Stewarts Healthcare admits conditions in its facilities are unacceptable and management is ineffective

Evie Nevin, Founder of Disabled People Together for Yes and Suzy Byrne, disability rights activist. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Inclusion Ireland and Together For Yes hold joint event calling for Yes vote in referendum

Winners of the People of the Year Awards: Ifrah Ahmed,  left, with Colette Byrne, Chris Reynolds, director, Irish Coast Guard, Joy Neville,  Catherine Corless, Harry and Molly Flynn,  Fr Peter McVerry,  Cyril Donnellan, representing Galway, Senior Hurling Team,  James Gannon, representing Community of Ballaghaderreen,  and Keith Swanick and John Gallagher, representing the Erris Community, right.  Photograph:  Robbie Reynolds

Galway historian calls for full exhumation of remains of babies on site of Tuam home

 Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists chair Dr Peter Boylan said the 50-60 members present discussed what they would do in the event of the amendment’s repeal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Extraordinary general meeting ‘very constructive’, says Institute of Obstetricians

Head of journalism at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Kate Shanahan said tech giants were not going to take  responsibility for fake news unless they faced  financial fines.

DIT journalism head speaks at event hosted by RTÉ Audience Council at Trinity College, Dublin

IFA president Joe Healy. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Farmers’ organisation president meets EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan in Brussels

 Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon during the second annual Data Protection Conference Dublin Data Sec 2018 at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Introduction of ‘enforcement toolkit’ for regulators long overdue, says Dixon

A screenshot from Chryssa Dislis’s Facebook page with the names of some of her friends underneath a post from an anti-abortion group.

Social media giant makes change after Cork woman questioned anti-abortion post

Microsoft said it would not object to the US government’s request that the case before the supreme court be dismissed. Photograph: Reuters/Dado Ruvic

US government seeking access to data on servers in Ireland in drug trafficking case

HSE has received over 4,700 applications, of which only 14% have been approved

 Seamus Eustace at his home in Croghan near Rhode, Co Offaly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Seamus Eustace says he could not afford to pay €160-€170 a month for the patches

People taking part in the Belfast rally on Saturday holding letters reading “We Believe Her”. Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

There were loud chants of ‘sue me, Paddy’ from the crowd

People gather on O’Connell Street on Thursday to support the complainant in the Belfast rape trial. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

At least one thousand people gather to show support for woman in Belfast trial

Gardaí will mount   checkpoints across the State this weekend. Photograph: Collins

Road Safety Authority says 59 people have died on Easter bank holiday weekends since 2012

It was signalled last year that the public services card would become a requirement for all driving licence and passport applicants, including renewals.

RSA: policy change marks partial reversal of plan to compel applicants to use State card

Permanent TSB was granted the repossession order at Trim Circuit Court on Monday in the man’s absence. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Trim Circuit Court hears just one payment of €730 in cash was made on the loan in 2017

In January a former civil servant who sold the personal details of hundreds of people was sentenced to two years in prison with the final year suspended. Photographer: Luke MacGregor/ Bloomberg

Amendment reverses exemption of public bodies from huge fines under new EU regime

 Facebook chief executive  Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a  summit in San Francisco, California. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Cambridge Analytica turns focus on privacy norms and settings for online targeting

Facebook has said it was told that all parties involved in the Cambridge Analytica affair had deleted the data they gathered. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters.

Inquiries into ‘scraping’ of user data from social media profiles and it potential use for influencing audiences

It is alleged US firm Cambridge Analytica harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission in 2014. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

Bill enables gathering of personal information for ‘electoral activities’, expert says

Facebook has denied that the harvesting of tens of millions of profiles by Global Science Research and Cambridge Analytica was a data breach.

EU chief Vera Jourová: reports of alleged abuse of personal data for elections horrifying

Legislation currently going through the Oireachtas would create a ‘free-for-all’ for organisations to harvest personal data. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Data experts say Bill will allow organisations like Cambridge Analytica to set up in Ireland

Max Schrems, who in August 2011 flagged the loophole that allowed apps installed by users of Facebook to ‘harvest’ data from their friends without their direct knowledge or explicit consent.

The loophole allowed a political firm to collect unauthorised data on millions of users

Businesses on Parliament Street in Dublin have expressed concerns about the possible impact of the creation of the College Green traffic-free plaza. Photograph: Eric Luke

Noise and traffic experts warn of ‘profound’ impact on city centre street if council plan proceeds

People with disabilities expressed concern about the proposed two-way cycle track on three sides of the plaza. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Planning board forum runs rule over potential problems – from security to civic

Two items of “significant and/or unusual expenditure” were identified in relation to a client, who had died in May 2014. Photograph: Istock

Audit also finds another client ‘spent’ €150 in restaurant after death

Ben Gilroy, at Trim courthouse, Trim, Co. Meath, to attend a repossession case. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Start Mortgages is seeking repossession order for Ben Gilroy’s family home in Navan

The Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) said it would ‘give appropriate consideration to the Government’s proposals for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution’.  File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

Obstetricians and gynaecologists welcome publication by Government of policy principles on abortion

Hiqa had  concerns centred on allegations of inadequate staffing and a poor quality of care provided to residents at Droimnin Nursing Home, Stradbally, Co Laois.

Home in Laois lost 28 staff in a few months - report from health quality watchdog Hiqa

The Department of Foreign Affairs has advised  any adult applicant renewing their passport to do so online. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dept of Foreign Affairs ‘doing everything possible’ to assist people with travel plans

Mairéad Hughes, a campaigner with the Save the 8th group, said  the Repeal campaign and the National Women’s Council of Ireland ‘does not represent us, does not speak for us’.

‘You don’t have sex if you don’t want to be a mother’, former nurse says

Photograph: Peter Wilcock

Animal welfare charity ‘stretched to breaking point’ as over 16,000 calls received to helpline in 2016

Army Private Patrick Macken clears snow to open up a path to Thomas Jones’s farm in Blessington, Wicklow. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Impact keenly felt with hospital overcrowding, flooding and loss of livestock

Zaineb, from Aleppo in Syria, with one of her three children at an apartment funded by the EU, in Livadia. Photograph: DG Echo

A ‘game-changer’ EU project has helped Greek authorities, but many issues remain

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Helen Dixon says her office will examine technologies such as body-worn cameras by gardaí

Gardaí expect crime to significantly decrease during the snowy and cold weather forecast over the coming days. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Just one person turned up to the ‘massive snowball fight’ planned for Wednesday

DPC Helen Dixon says Government should immediately prioritise re-working of existing legal framework

Data Protection Commissioner made findings against An Garda Síochána

Data Protection Commissioner made findings against An Garda Síochána and Department of Justice

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said supervision of multinational companies with operations in Ireland continued to be a key priority for her office during 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Commissioner says she is monitoring social media firms’ compliance with new EU regulation

The library records of 20 people living in Dublin were edited to add in information of a ‘highly inappropriate, sexually explicit nature’, an audit by the Data Protection Commissioner found.  File photograph: Getty Images

Audit finds ‘highly inappropriate’ information was included in profiles for 20 people

A special investigation by the Data Protection Commissioner into 20 hospitals throughout the State found concerns about data privacy. File photograph: Getty Images

Data Protection Commissioner unit finds issues with handling of confidential records

The Peter McVerry Trust homelessness charity has put emergency measures in place to protect people who are homeless. Photograph: iStock

Homeless charity secure sports centre in emergency response to extreme weather

A campaign is under way to recruit an additional 1,600 taxi drivers. Photograph:Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Number of active licences 44% below 2009 peak, National Transport Authority says

Limerick City and County Council has said it is taking legal advice about aspects of the hi-tech CCTV technology it is rolling out as part of a pilot “smart city” project. Image: Getty

‘Smart city’ pilot will see cameras introduced in 14 towns around the county

Under community CCTV schemes the local authority must agree to be the ‘data controller’. Photograph: Istock

Fears about crime has seen huge growth in camera systems in rural towns

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

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