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The first steps on the path to dismantling the Public Services Card
The first steps on the path to dismantling the Public Services Card (PSC) system have been taken with the publication of the Data Protection Commission’s (DPC) summary of its findings. Irish Examiner
State could face massive Public Services Card bill
The State could be facing multimillion euro payouts after it was found to have illegally retained the personal data of 3.2m people in the rollout of its Public Services Card (PSC). Irish Examiner
Watchdog finds Public Services Card breached data protection laws
Environmental group given leave to review decision to refuse funding for cases against State
Legal Aid Board ruled its aid was only available to individuals and not companies Irish Times
Developers of Shannon gas processing terminal ordered not to begin construction
A High Court judge has ordered the developers of a €500 million liquefied natural gas processing terminal in the Shannon estuary not to begin construction, and referred a case brought by Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Irish Times
Friends of the Irish Environment challenges Shannon gas plant decision
The decision to extend planning permission for a €500 million liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant beside the Shannon estuary should have not have proceeded without a separate evaluation of its climate change impact, the High Court has been told.
Irish Times 30.1.2019
Facebook in charm offensive as Sandberg meets data chief
O’Callaghan, the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF), and Dublin law firm FP Logue are working on an amendment to the Data Protection Act that would make it unlawful to harvest children’s social media data to help fast food companies to target them with online advertising.
Sunday Business Post 27.1.19
Environment: A legal milestone
High Court’s recognition of constitutional right to environmental protection is to be commended
Irish Times 28.11.17
State must justify introduction of public services card
Card project will fail unless mass harvesting of personal data conforms to EU privacy laws
Irish Times 7 September 2017
Inquiry refuses mother access to adoption files
A mother who lost her child to adoption through a mother and baby home, maternity hospital, and adoption agency, has been refused access to her personal records by the state inquiry investigating the issue.
Irish Examiner 10.12.2018
Government must open files – A significant victory for democracy
On Wednesday, Ms Justice Mary Faherty overturned a Government refusal to disclose Cabinet discussions on greenhouse-gas emissions between 2002 and 2016.
Irish Examiner 6.7.2018
Political Advertising Online and Effective Data Regulation
Protection of rare bird of prey could halt Donegal wind farm
Irish Raptor Study Group seeking High Court order quashing decision to grant permission
Echo Chamber Podcast (Episode #96)
Key element of Cork flood defences delayed after EU court ruling
Cork City Council confirmed this morning that it will now have to prepare a new environmental screening of its contentious €6m Morrison’s Island public realm and flood defence project.
Irish Examiner 2.10.2018
Environmental group gets green light to challenge €500m gas terminal
An environmental charity was granted leave this morning in the High Court to judicially review An Bord Pleanála’s decision to extend planning permission for a proposed €500 million gas terminal in Co Kerry.
Cabinet records on climate change discussion released after court ruling
Historic move follows an Access to Information on the Environment request made by campaign group Right to Know regarding discussions about CO2 emissions.
Irish Times 21.9.2018
Dun Laoghaire Cruise Liner Berth – ‘Save Our Seafront’ Win in Court Battle
Save Our Seafront wins legal case against the proposed Dún Laoghaire Cruise Terminal, An Bórd Pleanála concedes case without a fight.
Data ruling may force vulture funds to reveal price they paid for mortgages
A data-protection ruling involving State assets agency Nama could force vulture funds to tell homeowners how much they paid to buy their mortgages, one expert says.
Irish Times 3.3.2018
Does blanket CCTV coverage really provide security
Duleek in Co Meath has cameras covering the entire village as part of a community surveillance scheme, but is it a vital crime prevention tool or an invasion of privacy?
Irish Times 16.11.2017
Symphysiotomy survivors ask for records to be returned
Survivors of symphysiotomy have appealed to the State’s redress scheme to reconsider its intention to destroy their medical and other records.
Irish Times 26.2.2016
Data protection chief must not distance herself from complainants
Disengaging from individuals could open Ireland to a sanction by European courts
Irish Times 9.4.2016
Council to take steps to address derelict Old Mill site in Meath
Star Wars filming behind ‘incidents’ on Skellig Michael
The Office of Public Works (OPW) has confirmed that “incidents” occurred on Skellig Michael during Star Wars filming last week that required “repairs” by its stonemason staff.
Irish Times 26.9.2015