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:

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

Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher, Senator Ned O’Sullivan,  Senator Catherine Noone,  Jonathan O’Brien and Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Maxwell

Cases of rape and incest ‘simply impossible to legislate for,’ Senator Catherine Noone says

Tom Murphy at his home in Dublin in 2014 .Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Award-winning writer from Galway has died at age 83

Hiqa said 19 of the 28 actions which arose from its previous inspection were found not to have been satisfactorily implemented. Photograph: iStock

Health standards agency finds high levels of non-compliance at Stewarts Care centre

Number of under-6s seen free more than doubles at eight north Dublin practices

A section of the crowd attending the Love Both rally in Merrion Square, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Mother of late singer Dolores O’ Riordan says her daughter completely opposed to abortion

Two cabin crew members on a Ryanair flight fell  and one broke an ankle after the pilot pulled  hard on the  manual controls when it began to “overspeed”.  File photograph: Getty Images

Commander disengaged autopilot, used more force than intended amid descent into jetstream

Information Commissioner  Peter Tyndall said almost 34,000 FOI requests were made to public bodies last year – an 11 per cent increase on 2016. File photograph: Getty Images

Last year is worst on record for public bodies failing to decide on requests on time – Tyndall

Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade Simon Coveney said we should never forget the peace the EU has brought.

National Citizens’ Dialogue on the Future of Europe took place in Dublin on Wednesday

Hiqa says abuses at Áras Attracta in Co Mayo were a ‘wake-up call’ for regulation

Ailbhe Smyth, Frank Crummey, Carol Hunter, Gemma Hussey, Catherine McGuinness and Liz McManus at the launch in Dublin of Grandparents for Choice. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gemma Hussey and Liz McManus among ‘Grandparents for Repeal’ advocating for Yes

Minister for Health Simon Harris. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Posters contain picture of Minister for Health, Fine Gael logo and graphic imagery

The conference heard  State funding of targeted prevention and early intervention programmes needed to be significantly increased.

Conference hears of success in making Nottingham the UK’s first ‘early intervention city’

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


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

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