Peter Casey is the sixth candidate confirmed to contest  the presidential election. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Businessman is third ‘Dragons’ Den’ panellist to make it on to ballot and sixth overall

Rachel McMahon of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland’s Dementia Carers Campaign Network. She first became a carer in 2005, when her father, Tony, a sports broadcaster, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Alzheimer’s Society wants Government to ‘implement its own recommendations’

Tusla said the new system had been in development for several years and cost over €10m. Photograph: Alan Betson

Child and Family Agency launches €10m childcare database to replace 17 separate systems across the State

Some 531 concerns were received by the regulator last year that 351 organisations may be in breach of the Charities Act 2009. Photograph: iStock

Most issues related to financial control, legitimacy and governance, watchdog says

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty said her focus was “firmly on employment, pension reform, and reducing child poverty”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Department of Social Protection says it made €530m in savings after reviewing payments

Gavin Duffy is among the presidential hopefuls addressing councillors in Co Meath on Monday. Photograph: Collins/File

O’Doherty focuses on corruption and a ‘toxic’ media

“Social media represents an important potential news source for the department.” Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri, Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Privacy experts concerned about ‘chilling effect’ if people’s online activity is recorded

Simon Harris’s department and the Health Research Board (HRB) are currently in the process of establishing the new Health Research Consent Declaration Committee. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Committee will decide if public interest outweighs individual rights

A number of bogus agents operating - mainly online and purporting to have a PRSA licence number

Renters are urged to be careful when seeking property ahead of college term

Emily Dever, Carlos Velazquez, Xorje Olivares and Tiernan Brady at a press briefing by Equal Future 2018 in Ballsbridge. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Ursula Halligan says response to her decision to come out as gay was ‘overwhelming’

Sean Quinn told the community gathering he had run his company for 35 years in an honourable way.

Former billionaire emotional when he addressed packed meeting in Cavan

University of Limerick’s  campus consists of more than 300 acres of buildings and facilities.

Privacy concerns are raised over proposal that would place some cars on a ‘watch list’

From left to right, ballerinas Kate Haughton and Lauren Spiers with drummers Nicky Hahart and Michael Fleming help launch Culture Night 2018. Photograph: Peter Cavanagh Photography.

Free all-island event includes arts, music, history, heritage and science for people of all ages

 Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Digital Rights Ireland concerned over manner of changes to privacy statement

Kofi Annan and former president Mary Robinson at One Young World event in Dublin in 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

President and Tánaiste recall ‘inspirational leadership’ and sustained commitment to peace

Pope John Paul II in Ireland in 1979.

Monaghan nun in UK warned of ‘weird, uncanny silence’ from Ian Paisley ahead of visit

The public services card will no longer be compulsory for those taking a driver theory test.

‘Significant’ cost implications from Road Safety Authority’s dropping of requirement

‘European Heart Journal’ research finds decline levelling off or rising in some countries

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, discusses the 6.7 per cent growth in visitors to Ireland in the first half of the year with Minister for Tourism Shane Ross and Joan O’Shaughnessy, chairwoman of Tourism Ireland in the grounds of Dublin Castle.  Photograph: Chris Bellew, Fennell Photography

All-island body Tourism Ireland welcomes 6.7% growth in visitors from overseas in first six months

Stillbirths accounted for 250 of the total of 407 perinatal deaths in 2016, new report from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre has found. File photograph: PA Wire

Report finds associations between maternal age and weight and infant mortality

The Government is committed to early ratification, and, despite Brexit consuming so much of the department’s time and resources, negatively, I hope in a very positive way this treaty can be ratified by Ireland before the end of the year.’ File photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times: ‘

‘Doomsday Clock now stands at two minutes to midnight,’ Irish CND president says

A Mesolithic house constructed at the UCD centre for experimental archaeology and ancient technologies. The latest research has been carried out on samples from a lakeside site in Co Longford. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Work on Mesolithic site shows ‘unprecedented’ insights into early Irish diet

Catholic Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran said the ‘contraceptive mentality’ in society was linked to the ‘surprisingly high number’ of people in favour of same sex marriage. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Simon Harris tweets that religion ‘will not determine’ health policy after Bishop of Elphin says contraceptive ban ‘ignored for to(...)

Being made work at home could be against the law

Workers are entitled to 11 hours of rest every 24 hours

Damaris Paun and Bianca Paun at the Pavee Point centre in Dublin ahead of their trip to Auschwitz to learn about the Roma Genocide. Photograph: Derek Speirs

Estimated half a million Roma were exterminated by Nazis during second World War

A HIV self-test kit. File photograph: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/ Getty Images

Authority says self-tests are not 100% reliable and not suitable for people already diagnosed

Facebook confirmed it had been discussing its policy with An Garda Síochána and that it would also meet the child and family agency Tusla. Photograph: Getty

Company cautious on proposal for digital safety commissioner

Facebook head of public policy Niamh Sweeney and Siobhán Cummiskey, head of content policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, arrive at the Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Social media firm apologises amid calls for State to take lead on regulation

Give Blood at the Blood Transfusion Service at D’Olier Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Campaign slogan ‘is about bringing a positive spin to a term that is negative’

Rise appears to reflect more stringent reporting obligations under EU’s new data protection regime

 The mid-term congressional elections in the US are on November 6th. Photograph: Mandel Nagen/AFP/Getty Images

Call from OSCE reverses Government position that it did not observe polls in US and EU

Oireachtas Committee on Finance Committee chair John McGuinness said he did not accept the Department of Public Expenditure’s position that “you just write policy and then you sit back”.

Businesses ‘shafted’ over PPP project to build five schools, Oireachtas committee hears

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD casting his vote in the Eighth Amendment referendum at Scoil Thomas, Castleknock, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Canadian NGO which observed Eighth Amendment vote visited 121 polling stations

The Government is likely to transpose a critical EU cybersecurity directive into national legislation within the coming days

European Commission takes action against 17 EU member states including Ireland over EU directive

A commuter disembarks at Connolly Station. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

NBRU writes to Shane Ross after Connolly Station employee assaulted with bottle

Sean Gallagher, in his letter, said councillors from 22 local authorities had been in touch with him to confirm they would be considering the presidential election nomination process at their September meetings. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Businessman says Senator Gerard Craughwell has done State ‘great service’ on ‘lonely’ journey

Fianna Fáil spokeswoman on children and youth affairs Anne Rabbitte: latest waiting list figures are a “damning indictment” of Minister for Health Simon Harris’s record in office.

Fianna Fáil calls for publication of outpatient action plan after release of waiting list figures

Hundreds of people were evacuated from Curracloe beach in Co Wexford on Sunday after a fire broke out in the sand dunes. Photograph: Surf Shack Curracloe/Facebook

Swimming race and surf lessons cancelled as emergency services urge people to stay away from Wexford beach

People are being encouraged to get the MMR vaccine. Photograph:  David Jones/PA Wire

Two infectious patients attended four different hospitals in July

Recorded assaults typically take place around public places between 8pm and 5am at the weekend. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Gardaí launch campaign to warn young men of the consequences of assault

Minister for Heritage Josepha Madigan with Dr Clíodhna Ní Lionáin, Devenish’s lead archaeologist, at the passage tomb site at Dowth Hall, Co Meath on Monday July 16th. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Department warned against changes to house built above 5,000-year-old tomb

Trade union says company is ‘digging a hole for itself’ by allegedly failing to engage in wage talks

A man looks out to sea at Port Ronan close to Malin Head, in Co Donegal where two people died after a fishing boat sank on Tuesday. Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

RNLI says men were in the water for ‘three to four’ hours before they were rescued

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty said the use of facial-imaging software is compliant with the law

Regina Doherty responds to questions on biometric data following order to change website’s privacy statement

A HSE audit   also found evidence of overclaiming for mileage at the Central Mental Hospital. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill.

HSE audit report claims payments were made for more hours than doctors were in building

Dr Clíodhna Ní  Lionáin, Devenish’s lead archaeologist at the passage tomb site at Dowth Hall, Co Meath. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Archaeologists uncover burial chambers on historic Brú na Bóinne heritage site

The former Carroll’s headquarters, later used by Irish Nationwide Building Society, on Grand Parade. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An Bord Pleanála considers redevelopment of Dublin site for offices and restaurant

The former Irish Nationwide premises and headquarters of the cigarette manufacturer Carroll’ls on Grand Parade in Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Residents object to redevelopment of former Carrolls cigarette plant adjacent to heritage area

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has confirmed that the secretary general instructed that changes be made to the privacy policy.

Data protection officer ‘on leave’ when alterations made, says Social Protection

A member of the Army Bomb Disposal team on duty. Photograph: Defence Forces

Reorganisation of units in 2012 resulted in loss of earnings, adjudicator finds

Ollie Bell (centre) joined other groups supporting The Is Me, Transgender Healthcare, a protest at Government Buildings and Leinster House about access to healthcare for transgender people. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Protest hears of ‘outdated’ psychiatric care for trans and non-binary people

Some women were excluded from restorative justice ex gratia due to  department’s ‘narrow interpretation’ of the criteria, the Ombudsman found.

Government opens scheme to adjoining institutions after Ombudsman’s intervention

The hen harrier is among the birds that BirdWatch Ireland says will be threatened by the new legislation. Photograph: iStock

BirdWatch Ireland says extension of burning periods may negatively impact some species

The HPRA said  it was undertaking a “precautionary recall” of a number of specific medicines containing the active ingredient valsartan.

About 50,000 Irish patients likely to be affected by recall of drugs containing valsartan

Dr Gabriel Scally had earlier criticised the HSE for a continuing delay in providing documentation to his investigation.  File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Dr Scally had earlier criticised alleged lack of cooperation on provision of documents

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection has said a reference to its collection of biometric data in a new privacy policy was ‘in error’.

Public services card photograph is ‘not biometric’, Department says

The new contract to print up to two million public services cards has been awarded to Security Card Concepts Ltd.

Biometric Card Services is renamed as Security Card Concepts ahead of production

A number of drugs used to treat blood pressure and heart conditions are being recalled as a precautionary measure after an impurity believed to cause cancer was found in them.

About 50,000 Irish patients believed to be affected by move on some heart products containing valsartan

The job will involve protecting Irish Water customers and playing “a key role in the transformation of water and wastewater services in Ireland”. Photograph: iStock

Role with Commission for Regulation of Utilities carries starting salary of €133,000

Housing sector faces serious challenges in terms of minimum standards, says department. Photograph: Frank Miller

Houses failed to comply with new regulations setting minimum health and safety standards

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection said it had no plans to include fingerprints on the public services card.

Government says inclusion of biometric information would require legislation

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Data Sharing and Governance Bill will deliver ‘tangible benefits’ says Donohoe

Minister of State Joe McHugh said  the number of applicants for election missions was always higher than the number of available places. File photograph: Alan Betson

Public Accounts Committee is told delay in setting up panel due to ‘staffing issues’

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission  chief commissioner Emily Logan said “rights must not only be recognised, but must also be vindicated through the State’s services and our laws”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Emily Logan says family bonds should not be ‘severed’ by national borders

President Michael D Higgins at a ceremony to celebrate Ireland’s service and commitment to UN peacekeeping. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Members of Defence Forces and families attend formal ceremony at Dublin Castle

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the collaboration would ensure  medicines could be sourced at an affordable price. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Simon Harris signs agreement to make innovative medicines available to Irish patients

IFA president Joe Healy - ‘Our position remains: no border on the island of Ireland, no border in the Irish Sea and no scope for the UK to pursue a cheap food policy.’ Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Delegation visits Norway-Sweden border where vehicles can sometimes be delayed for two days

Dart drivers are concerned over anti-social behaviour. Photograph: The Irish Times

Drivers consider not operating northside services on Friday evenings and at weekends

Minister for Education Richard Bruton: this new process has ‘the potential to change the course of education in Ireland’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister opens consultation process for four areas including Galway and Drogheda

An anti-abortion campaigner protesting in Belfast earlier this month. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Harris says abortion services will be available irrespective of ability to pay and geography

Declarations by a top civil servant that people with free travel passes should not be able to use public transport at peak times were “incendiary”, a Dáil  committee was told. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Gardaí need instant access to drivers’ records, Dáil committee hears

Ombudsman Peter Tyndall has expressed frustration at the Government’s failure to introduce legislation to assist people with disabilities on low incomes to access transport. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ombudsman’s annual report highlights issues in social welfare and nursing homes

Former president Mary McAleese: ‘I had no hesitation at the end of the day, when it came to the vote. I absolutely voted ‘Yes’.’ Photograph: Getty

Church hasn’t ‘come to terms with clash between people’s human rights and canon law’

More than 70 per cent (7,199) of the complaints resulted from suspected incidents in services, such as care homes or nursing homes. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Older women are particularly at risk, according to safeguarding body

Dunlin: more than 1,000 homes will lose gardens and parking places under plans to create 230km of expanded bus lanes and 200km of cycle lanes within a decade. Photograph: Alan Betson

Property experts suggest major public transport initiative a case of ‘short-term pain for long-term gain’

Cambridge Analytica’s offices in London. Following the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data breach, the MEPs highlighted the need for better monitoring of the agreement, given that both companies are certified under the EU-US framework.

Civil liberties committee expresses concern over companies that have misused personal data

Three Irish agencies refused to disclose any information regarding their intelligence-sharing agreements. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Civil liberties groups find lack of oversight in Ireland and elsewhere ‘deeply troubling’

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone is to meet advocacy groups to brief them on her Adoption Tracing Bill. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/ The Irish Times

Minister says legislation raises complex issues in relation to identity and privacy

Money will help Institutes of Technology to deliver training in 13 programmes

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he had been informed that Insurance Ireland expected to complete a detailed data protection impact assessment by the end of August. Image: Getty Images

Industry reviewing current arrangements for database, says Minister for Justice

Delegates pose for the group shot at the Women Political Leaders conference in the Seimas, Vilnius. Photograph: Elaine Edwards/The Irish Times

Gender equality: Female leaders gather in Vilnius at Women Political Leaders forum

Last year, more than 250,000 people walked or cycled the 46km Waterford Greenway in its first year in existence

Minister to announce programme to improve infrastructure and attract visitors

A 13-year-old boy charged with the murder of teenager Ana Kriegel in Dublin last month has been further remanded in detention.  Photograph:  RIP.ie

Garda tells judge ‘it’s a complicated case’ when asked about timing of DPP’s directions

Simon Coveney: “We should be understanding of the sensitive juncture we’re at.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tánaiste says Brexit talks require greater intensity and realism

Flowers at the entrance to a factory in front of the field where the body of 18 year old Cameron Reilly was found in Dunleer, Co. Louth last Saturday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Gardaí investigating student’s death seek information on altercation outside chip shop

The Department of Health will introduce new regulations to allow patient data to be shared, including for research, ahead of the rollout of electronic health records in the coming years.  File photograph: Getty Images

Future Health Summit took place at the Convention Centre Dublin on Tuesday

The two-day event has 14 separate conferences, 100 speakers, an estimated 1,500 delegates and 80 exhibitors. File photograph: Getty Images

Health conference told of ‘seismic’ problem in media when reporting on open disclosure

Regina Doherty said  the Government roadmap guaranteed that the State pension would “remain the bedrock of the Irish pension system”

Regina Doherty says ‘total contribution approach’ requires consideration at policy and budget level

Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd-Barrett keeping tally at the Dublin county referendum count centre in Citywest, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Highest votes in favour of Repeal seen in areas such as Rathmichael and Shankill

Tallies showed the vote shifted more in favour of a Yes in the boxes towards the west of the constituency. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Result described as a political ‘earthquake’ by Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy

Former tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald said she hoped to see legislation allowing for terminations passed by the Dáil as quickly as possible. Photograph: Collins

‘I think it’s a good and important day for Irish women. There’s a lot of pent-up feeling about this’

Organisations must obtain your data fairly. They must collect no more data than is necessary for the purposes for which they plan to use it

Regulation increases obligations on organisations on how personal data processed

Eddie Downey, Lorna Sixsmith, Pippa Hackett and Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed at a Together for Yes event. Photograph: Elaine Edwards/The Irish Times

Former IFA president hopes State will take ‘major step forward in caring for our women’

Noel Whelan, Elaine Bedford, Mary Lou McDonald and Ailbhe Smyth at a Together For Yes press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Together for Yes event hears how woman’s daughter was to avoid pregnancy due to illness

Cybercriminals will  see the General Data Protection Regulations   as an opportunity to  send fake emails to users, gardaí have warned.

Criminals using introduction of General Data Protection Regulation as cover to harvest personal information

Medical training college says investigation into privacy in hospitals highlights problems for clinical staff

Prof Sabaratnam Arulkumaran in Dublin with Maura Leahy, IFPA director of counselling. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

Prof Sabaratnam Arulkumaran says legalising abortion ‘a public health issue’

Assistant data protection commissioner Tony Delaney said no similar data protection investigation on this scale had ever previously been undertaken in the State.

Major investigation by Data Protection Commissioner examines privacy practices at 20 hospitals

Some 230 new ads appeared on Facebook last week and  the number is increasing, the Transparent Referendum Initiative (TRI) found. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Researchers say ‘no way of knowing’ how much is being spent on online ads ahead of referendum

Limerick woman Vicky Phelan who last month settled her legal action against a US laboratory for €2.5m. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Third woman begins High Court proceedings against HSE after ovarian cancer diagnosis

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