James Lawless

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Political parties should improve levels of cyber security, a group of senior officials who examined threats to Irish elections and referendums from disinformation said.

The Government should consider the establishment of an electoral commission and regulate the transparency of online political advertising, a group of (...)

Questions to Facebook Ireland from members of the Oireachtas joint committee on communications had a particular focus on the company’s political advertisement policies. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Facebook Ireland recently submitted written responses to formal queries the company received from members of the Oireachtas joint committee on communi(...)

Cern’s Large Hadron Collider:  “If Ireland is serious about being part of the international science community, then we ought to be part of Cern. We are increasingly isolated by not being a member,” says Fianna Fáil’s James Lawless. Photograph: Cern/PA Wire

Actions speak louder than words. Despite all the parroting about the knowledge economy, Ireland remains outside the premier particle physics lab in th(...)

Former  minister for finance Michael Noonan who had not declared his position: “We’ll see what is in the Bill but my general disposition would be to support what is being proposed by the Government.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Many TDs who were previously opposed to the Government’s proposed legislation on abortion now say they will vote for it, a survey by The Irish Times h(...)

Men of the Week: members of Waterford City and County Council who stood for a group photograph to highlight their support for a No vote in the referendum. Photograph:  Darren Skelton/Waterford News & Star.

The dining hall of the Honourable Society of King’s Inns is a magnificent room wherein baby barristers are granted the privilege of dining with eminen(...)

It may seem extraordinary that the State, which over the years has put in place a range of statutory regulations covering campaign funding, political advertising and balanced coverage in broadcast media, finds itself with no legislation governing political campaigning on the most powerful communications platforms in human history. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

With less than three weeks to go to the referendum on repeal of the Eighth Amendment, concern has been expressed across the political spectrum about t(...)

Majella McGuire Flanagan speaking to Campaigners for the No campaign  in Castleknock, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A Fine Gael Minister, a Fianna Fáil TD and an independent senator have all warned in recent days about the growing proliferation of unregulated online(...)

Facebook executives will apologise at an Oireachtas Committee  for  the transfer of  data  to third parties which was used for campaigning purposes. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Facebook executives will apologise today at an Oireachtas Committee for a “huge violation of trust” that occurred when users data was transferred to t(...)

Facebook headquarters in Dublin has told the committee that it will send a delegation to the hearing scheduled for next Tuesday. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Facebook executives are to attend the Oireachtas communications committee next week, where they are likely to face questions about the security of use(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (left) and Labour’s Alan Kelly were among  TDs who reported receiving donations to the Standards in Public Office Commission last year. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Michael McGrath, his finance spokesman, received €1,000 each from their party last year, official records show. (...)

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