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ECB forcing Ireland to pay the bondholders was like a hostage situation | David McWilliams
At the time, many of us citizens thought the State was being craven in the face of the EU but it is now clear that Trichet’s ECB was prepared to let the Irish banks go to the wall, prompting a new bank run in 2010. This is like a hostage situation. The ECB was saying to the Irish government: you managed in September 2008 to prevent a bank run with the guarantee (which should always have been temporary and conditional) but now we are going to threaten you with another bank run – because we are still funding your banks and you must pay all the bondholders and add the cost to the national debt of the country. So the implicit threat was: “We will close the banks, cause a bank run and you will be left to pick up the pieces politically, socially and economically.”
banking  ireland  politics  ecb  eu  bondholders  jean-claude-trichet  economics 
13 days ago by jm
Tara Pilgrimage 2006 - Indymedia Ireland
OMG, this is hilarious. High drama among the arch-druids (via Lisa Carey)
fascism  funny  tara  ireland  druids  trolls  indymedia 
15 days ago by jm
Gardai find 70 stolen bikes in one house being readied for export
The Limerick Leader quoted other unnamed gardai who said they believed those who had stolen the bikes were selling them to a third party for shipment abroad, most likely to another country in Europe. “It would seem that he has his own network on the Continent and has a lucrative market for the bikes he sends on,” said one of the sources quoted in the report. “Some of the racing bikes would fetch large sums of money on the Continent.”

Trucks were seen arriving and departing the house in Castletroy where the find was made. And while it was unclear exactly how gardai were informed of the suspicious activity, when a team of officers went to search the property they found the bikes in the back garden.
bikes  theft  limerick  crime  bike-theft  ireland  castletroy 
8 weeks ago by jm
Kevin Lyda's mega pension post
Cutting and pasting from Facebook for posterity... there are some really solid tips in here.

'Some people plan their lives out and then there are people like me who randomly do things and suddenly, in retrospect, it looks like a grand plan has come together. In reality it's more like my subconscious pulls in useful info and pokes me to go learn things as required. If you live/work in Ireland, the following "grand plan" might be useful.

This year has apparently been "figure out how to retire" year. It started late last year with finally organising all my private Irish pensions (2 from employers, 1 personal). In the process I learned the following:

* Many Irish pension plans allow you to start drawing down from them at age 50. There are downsides to this, but if you have several of them it allows you more room to avoid stock market downturns when you purchase annuities.

* You can get 25% of each pension as a tax-free lump sum.

I also learned a few property things. The key thing is that if you have a buy-to-let property you should *not* pay off its mortgage early. You can deduct 75% of the interest you pay against the taxes you'd owe for rental income. That means the interest you pay will essentially be close to or even under the rate of inflation. A residential mortgage might have a lower interest rate nominally, but the effective interest rate is higher.

The Irish state pension is changing. If you are 68 after 2020 the rules have changed - and they're now much simpler. Work for 10 years and you get the minimum state pension (1/3 of a full pension). Work for 20, you get 2/3 of of a state pension. Work for 30, you get a full pension. But you can't collect it till you're 68 and remember that Irish employers can apparently force you to "retire" at 65 (ageism is legal). So you need to bridge those 3 years (or hope they change the law to stop employers from doing that).

When I "retired" I kept a part time job for a number of reasons, but one was because I suspected I needed more PRSI credits for a pension. And it turns out this was correct. Part-time work counts as long as you make more than €38/week. And self-employment counts as long as you make more than €5,000/year. You can also make voluntary PRSI contributions (around €500/year but very situation dependent).

If you've worked in Europe or the US or Canada or a few other countries, you can get credits for social welfare payments in those countries. But if you have enough here and you have enough for some pension in the other country, you can draw a pension from both.

Lastly most people I've talked to about retirement this year have used the analogy of legs on a stool. Every source of post-retirement income is a leg on the stool - the more legs, the more secure your retirement. There are lots of options for legs:

* Rental income. This is a little wobbly as legs go at least for me. But if you have more than one rental property - and better yet some commercial rental property - this leg firms up a bit. Still, it's a bit more work than most.

* Savings. This isn't very tax-efficient, but it can help fill in blank spots some legs have (like rental income or age restrictions) or maximise another legs value (weathering downturns for stock-based legs). And in retirement you can even build savings up. Sell a house, the private pension lump sum, etc. But remember you're retired, go have fun. Savings won't do you much good when you're dead.

* Stocks. I've cashed all mine in, but some friends have been more restrained in cashing in stocks they might have gotten from employers. This is a volatile leg, but it can pay off rather well if you know what you're doing. But be honest with yourself. I know I absolutely don't know what I'm doing on this so stayed away.

* Government pension. This is generally a reliable source of income in retirement. It's usually not a lot, but it does tend to last from retirement to death and it shows up every month. You apply once and then it just shows up each month. If you've worked in multiple countries, you can hedge some bets by taking a pension in each country you qualify from. You did pay into them after all.

* Private pension. This can also give you a solid source of income but you need to pay into it. And paying in during your 20s and 30s really pays off later. But you need to make your investments less risky as you get into your late 50s - so make sure to start looking at them then. And you need to provide yourself some flexibility for starting to draw it down in order to survive market drops. The crash in 2007 didn't fully recover until 2012 - that's 5 years.

* Your home. Pay off your mortgage and your home can be a leg. Not having to pay rent/mortgage is a large expense removed and makes the other legs more effective. You can also "sell down" or look into things like reverse mortgages, but the former can take time and has costs while the latter usually seems to have a lot of fine print you should read up on.

* Part-time work. I know a number of people who took part-time jobs when they retired. If you can find something that doesn't take a huge amount of time that you'd enjoy doing and that people will pay you for, fantastic! Do that. And it gets you out of the house and keeping active. For friends who are geeks and in my age cohort, I note that it will be 2037 around the time we hit 65. If you know why that matters, ka-ching!'

Another particularly useful page about the state pension: "Six things every woman needs to know about the State pension", Irish Times, Dec 1 2015, https://www.irishtimes.com/business/personal-finance/six-things-every-woman-needs-to-know-about-the-state-pension-1.2448981 , which links to this page to get your state pension contribution record: http://www.welfare.ie/en/pages/secure/ RequestSIContributionRecord.aspx
pensions  money  life  via:klyda  stocks  savings  shares  property  ireland  old-age  retirement 
8 weeks ago by jm
Dr TJ McIntyre: Fight against cybercrime needs funding, not more words - Independent.ie
Is the Irish policing system capable of tackling computer crime? A report this week from the Garda Inspectorate makes it clear that the answer is no. There is no Garda cybercrime unit, which is of serious concern given the threat posed by cybercrime to key national infrastructure such as energy, transport and telecommunications systems. [...]

A combination of inadequate resources and increased workload have swamped the [Computer Crime Investigation Unit]. Today, almost every crime is a computer crime, in the sense that mobile phones, laptops and even devices such as game consoles are likely to contain evidence. The need to forensically inspect all these devices - using outdated equipment - has resulted in several-year delays and seem to have forced the unit into a position where it is running to stand still rather than responding to new developments.
via:tjmcintyre  ireland  cybercrime  law  policing  hacking 
8 weeks ago by jm
TerraForm
nice 3D printed maps from this Irish company
3d  printing  maps  mapping  ireland 
9 weeks ago by jm
The Locals Xmas Gift Guide 2015
some nice local gift suggestions from small businesses around Dublin. I'd love to get some of these, but I guess I'll have to settle for giving them instead ;)
gifts  dublin  ireland  shopping  xmas  christmas  the-locals 
10 weeks ago by jm
Senior Anglo bondholders revealed in department note
In case you were wondering who Ireland's economy was wiped out for:
Among the major holders were a Dutch pension fund, ABP; another Dutch fund, PGGM; LGPI in Finland, which manages local government pensions; and a Swiss public entities pension. A number of major asset managers were also named, including JP Morgan in London; DeKA and ADIG, two German investment managers; and Robeco from the Netherlands. Big insurance companies, including Munich Re, Llmarinen from Finland and German giant Axa were also named, along with big banks such as BNP, SocGen, ING and Deutsche.
bondholders  anglo  economy  ireland  politics  eu  senior-bondholders 
10 weeks ago by jm
Dublin is a medium-density city
Comparable to Copenhagen or Amsterdam, albeit without sufficient cycling/public-transport infrastructural investment
infrastructure  density  housing  dublin  ireland  cities  travel  commuting  cycling 
november 2015 by jm
Food Trucks Are Great Incubators. Why Don't We Have More?
So is that kind of thriving food-truck scene something the city should work to encourage? Theresa Hernandez, one of the owners of K Chido Mexico, thinks so. “There’s a whole market there for a new culture,” she says. “There’s no doubt about it, the appetite is there. It’s just a matter for somebody who is innovative enough in Dublin City Council to say: ‘Right, let’s do this.’”


Amen to that.
k-chido  food-trucks  dublin  food  ireland  dcc 
november 2015 by jm
Tech companies like Facebook not above the law, says Max Schrems
“Big companies didn’t only rely on safe harbour: they also rely on binding corporate rules and standard contractual clauses. But it’s interesting that the court decided the case on fundamental rights grounds: so it doesn’t matter remotely what ground you transfer on, if that process is still illegal under 7 and 8 of charter, it can’t be done.”


Also:
“Ireland has no interest in doing its job, and will continue not to, forever. Clearly it’s an investment issue – but overall the policy is: we don’t regulate companies here. The cost of challenging any of this in the courts is prohibitive. And the people don’t seem to care.”


:(
ireland  guardian  max-schrems  privacy  surveillance  safe-harbor  eu  us  nsa  dpc  data-protection 
october 2015 by jm
ECJ ruling on Irish privacy case has huge significance
The only current way to comply with EU law, the judgment indicates, is to keep EU data within the EU. Whether those data can be safely managed within facilities run by US companies will not be determined until the US rules on an ongoing Microsoft case.
Microsoft stands in contempt of court right now for refusing to hand over to US authorities, emails held in its Irish data centre. This case will surely go to the Supreme Court and will be an extremely important determination for the cloud business, and any company or individual using data centre storage. If Microsoft loses, US multinationals will be left scrambling to somehow, legally firewall off their EU-based data centres from US government reach.


(cough, Amazon)
aws  hosting  eu  privacy  surveillance  gchq  nsa  microsoft  ireland 
october 2015 by jm
Marvin.ie: Order Takeaway Food Online
new Dublin delivery service takes Bitcoin?!
bitcoin  food  delivery  takeaway  payment  ireland  dublin  wtf 
october 2015 by jm
Brand New Retro – The Book, November 2015
YESSSS. Joe and Brian have delivered -- going to be giving a lot of copies of this for xmas ;)
brand-new-retro  blogs  friends  retro  history  dublin  ireland  books  toget 
october 2015 by jm
Eircode cost the Irish government EUR38m
The C&AG has said it is not clear that the €38m scheme will achieve the data-matching benefits the Government had hoped. 


Well, that's putting it mildly.
eircode  fail  ireland  costs  money  geo  mapping  geocoding 
september 2015 by jm
From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities
Inside KARMA POLICE, GCHQ's mass-surveillance operation aimed to record the browsing habits of "every visible user on the internet", including UK-to-UK internal traffic. more details on the other GCHQ mass surveillance projects at https://theintercept.com/gchq-appendix/
surveillance  gchq  security  privacy  law  uk  ireland  karma-police  snooping 
september 2015 by jm
‘I wish to register a complaint’: know your consumer rights before the fight
Conor Pope on the basics of consumer law -- and how to complain -- in Ireland
consumer  ireland  irish-times  articles  law 
september 2015 by jm
Beoir.org Community - Recent Attack on McGargles
bizarre conspiracy theory going around about McGargles microbrewery being owned by Molson in an "astroturf craft beer" operation -- they apparently were set up by a bunch of ex-Molson employees. Their beer is getting stickered in off-licenses. Mental!
beer  craft-beer  ireland  mcgargles  conspiracy-theories  bizarre  beoir 
august 2015 by jm
How Irish Navy’s expertise saved 367 from 30-second sinking in Mediterranean
War-game exercises saved the day:
As the Ribs made their assessment of the situation and began reassuring those on board that help was at hand, the hopelessly overloaded vessel suddenly listed and sank. The sinking took just over 30 seconds. In those 30 seconds, the Captain of the LE Niamh took a number of instant command decisions that saved hundreds of lives. Most of the refugees cannot swim. Their life expectancy in the water would be measured in seconds.
The crew of the Ribs immediately began throwing orange lifejackets into the water – encouraging the now frenzied and milling survivors to cling to them. Individuals, then groups clung to the lifejackets – and one another – as the Ribs rallied around trying to keep the floating human mass from dispersal into wider waters and almost certain death.
In the meantime, the commander of the LE Niamh managed to manoeuvre close in to the survivors where spare life-rafts were launched into the water. These 25-man inflatable life-rafts were specifically ordered and kept on board the LE Niamh following a “war-gaming” exercise, where the officers and crew envisaged such a nightmare scenario. Had this forward planning not taken place – there would have been no such extra inflatable lifeboats on board.
war-gaming  planning  navy  ireland  mediterranean  sea  boats  refugees  migration  drowning  liferafts 
august 2015 by jm
IrishCycle.com on the Irish Times' terrible victim-blaming anti-cycling op-ed
Even if The Irish Times wants to deny that it has engaged in victim blaming at a high level, it has also clearly errored in fact in a very significant way. It would be more forgiving if this was an isolated editorial. But it’s after two days of wrong or misleading coverage, which now seems to be a trend with the newspaper with unbalanced articles or headlines negatively focusing on cycle routes.
irish-times  newspapers  op-eds  cycling  dublin  ireland  safety 
august 2015 by jm
How .uk came to be (and why it's not .gb)
WB: By the late 80s the IANA [the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, set up in 1988 to manage global IP address allocations] was trying to get all those countries that were trying to join the internet to use the ISO 3166 standard for country codes. It was used for all sorts of things — you see it on cars, “GB” for the UK. [...]

At that point, we’re faced with a problem that Jon Postel would like to have changed it to .gb to be consistent with the rest of the world. Whereas .uk had already been established, with a few tens of thousands of domain names with .uk on them. I remember chairing one of the JANET net workshops that were held every year, and the Northern Irish were adamant that they were part of the UK — so the consensus was, we’d try and keep .uk, we’d park .gb and not use it.

PK: I didn’t particularly want to change to .gb because I was responsible for Northern Ireland as well. And what’s more, there was a certain question as to whether a research group in the US should be allowed to tell the British what to do. So this argy-bargy continued for a little while and, in the meantime, one of my clients was the Ministry of Defence, and they decided they couldn’t wait this long, and they decided I was going to lose the battle, and so bits of MOD went over to .gb — I didn’t care, as I was running .gb and .uk in any case.
dot-uk  history  internet  dot-gb  britain  uk  northern-ireland  ireland  janet 
july 2015 by jm
Government forum to discuss increasing use of personal data
Mr Murphy said it was the Government’s objective for Ireland to be a leader on data protection and data-related issues.
The members of the forum include Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon, John Barron, chief technology officer with the Revenue Commissioners, Seamus Carroll, head of civil law reform division at the Department of Justice and Tim Duggan, assistant secretary with the Department of Social Protection.
Gary Davis, director of privacy and law enforcement requests with Apple, is also on the forum. Mr Davis is a former deputy data protection commissioner in Ireland.
There are also representatives from Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, from the IDA, the Law Society and the National Statistics Board.
Chair of Digital Rights Ireland Dr TJ McIntyre and Dr Eoin O’Dell, associate professor, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin are also on the voluntary forum.
ireland  government  dri  law  privacy  data  data-protection  dpc 
july 2015 by jm
Eircode - The Alternatives
lest we forget -- this is a 2014-era writeup of OpenPostcode (open), Loc8 and GoCode (proprietary) as alternative options to the Eircode system
eircode  openpostcode  loc8  gocode  ireland  geocoding  mapping  location  history  open-data 
july 2015 by jm
Security theatre at Allied Irish Banks
Allied Irish Banks's web and mobile banking portals are ludicrously insecure. Vast numbers of accounts have easily-guessable registration numbers and are thus 'protected' by a level of security that is twice as easy to crack as would be provided by a single password containing only two lowercase letters.
A person of malicious intent could easily gain access to hundreds, possibly thousands, of accounts as well as completely overwhelm the branch network by locking an estimated several 100,000s of people out of their online banking.
Both AIB and the Irish Financial Services Ombudsman have refused to respond meaningfully to multiple communications each in which these concerns were raised privately.
aib  banking  security  ireland  hacking  ifso  online-banking 
june 2015 by jm
Ireland's media silenced over MP's speech about Denis O'Brien
this is appalling. And of course we can only find out about it from overseas media because our own media is quaking in their boots :(
media  ireland  he-who-cannot-be-named  censorship  omgwtfbbq  law  libel  injunctions  high-court 
may 2015 by jm
Family in No poster Says YES to Marriage Equality | Amnesty International
Beyond the politics, the risks of stock photo usage are pretty evident too:
"In 2014, as a young family, we did a photo shoot with a photographer friend to get some nice shots for the family album. No money was exchanged – we got nice photos for free, they got nice images for their portfolio. As part of this agreement, we agreed to let them upload them to a stock photo album. We knew that these were available for purchase and we gave permission. Perhaps, naïvely, we imagined that on the off chance that any was ever selected, it might be for a small magazine or website. To confirm, we have not received any money for the photo – then or now, and nor do we expect any.

We were surprised and upset to see that the photo was being used as part of a campaign with which we do not agree. We completely support same-sex marriage, and we believe that same-sex couples’ should of course be able to adopt, as we believe that they are equally able to provide children with much-needed love and care. To suggest otherwise is offensive to us, and to many others."
ssm  ireland  politics  amnesty  stock-photos  ip  rights  photos  campaigns  ads 
may 2015 by jm
KillBiller
Excellent mobile-phone plan comparison site for the Irish market, using apps which you install and which analyse your call history, data usage, etc. over the past month to compute the optimal plan based on your usage. Pretty amazing results in my case!

The only downside is the privacy policy, which allows the company to resell your usage data (anonymised, and in aggregate) -- I'd really prefer if this wasn't the case :(
mobile-phones  shopping  tesco  emobile  3g  4g  ireland  plans  comparison-shopping  killbiller  via:its 
may 2015 by jm
Exclusive: Chopra says ECB's threats to Ireland were 'outrageous' - Independent.ie
The letters urged the then-government to commit to structural reforms and restructuring of the financial sector.
"That is not their job," Mr Chopra said. "Their mandate is to meet inflation. And if you lecture the ECB as to how they might go about that, they talk about their independence.
"But when it comes to lecturing others about fiscal policy or structural policy, they're not at all hesitant. I'm not surprised that the people in Ireland were very upset about these letters from [Jean-Claude] Trichet."
trichet  banking  ireland  politics  ajai-chopra  ecb  history 
april 2015 by jm
ECJ case debates EU citizens' right to privacy
The US wields secretive and indiscriminate powers to collect data, he said, and had never offered Brussels any commitments to guarantee EU privacy standards for its citizens’ data. On the contrary, said [Max Schrems' counsel] Mr Hoffmann, “Safe Harbour” provisions could be overruled by US domestic law at any time.
Thus he asked the court for a full judicial review of the “illegal” Safe Harbour principles which, he said, violated the essence of privacy and left EU citizens “effectively stripped of any protection”.
[Irish] DPC counsel Paul Anthony McDermott SC suggested that Mr Schrems had not been harmed in any way by the status quo. “This is not surprising, given that the NSA isn’t currently interested in the essays of law students in Austria,” he said.
Mr Travers for Mr Schrems disagreed, saying “the breach of the right to privacy is itself the harm”.
ireland  dpc  data-protection  privacy  eu  ec  ecj  law  rights  safe-harbour 
march 2015 by jm
Irish government under fire for turning its back on basic research : Nature News & Comment
Pretty much ALL of Ireland's research scientists have put their names to an open letter to the Irish government, decrying the state of science funding, published this week in "Nature".

'Although total spending on research and development grew through the recession, helped by foreign investments, Ireland’s government has cut state spending on research (see ‘Celtic tiger tamed’). It also prioritized grants in 14 narrow areas — ones in which either large global markets exist, or in which Irish companies are competitive. These include marine renewable energy, smart grids, medical devices and computing. The effect has been to asphyxiate the many areas of fundamental science — including astrophysics, particle physics and areas of the life sciences — that have been deprived of funding, several researchers in Ireland told Nature. “The current policies are having a very significant detrimental effect on the health and viability of the Irish scientific ecosystem,” says Kevin Mitchell, a geneticist who studies the basis of neurological disorders at Trinity College Dublin. “Research that cannot be shoehorned into one of the 14 prioritized areas has been ineligible for most funding,” he says.'

That's another fine mess Sean Sherlock has gotten us into :(
sean-sherlock  fail  ireland  research  government  funding  grants  science  tcd  kevin-mitchell  life-sciences  nature 
march 2015 by jm
President's message gets lost in (automated) translation
In a series of bizarre translations, YouTube’s automated translation service took artistic licence with the [President's] words of warmth.

When the head of state sent St Patrick’s Day greetings to viewers, the video sharing site said US comedian Tina Fey was being “particular with me head”. As President Higgins spoke of his admiration for Irish emigrants starting new communities abroad, YouTube said the President referenced blackjack and how he “just couldn’t put the new iPhone” down. And, in perhaps the most unusual moment, as he talked of people whose hearts have sympathy, the President “explained” he was once on a show “that will bar a gift card”.


(via Daragh O'Brien)
lol  president  ireland  michael-d-higgins  automation  translation  machine-learning  via:daraghobrien  funny  blackjack  iphone  tina-fey  st-patrick  fail 
march 2015 by jm
Ireland accused of weakening data rules
Privacy campaign group Lobbyplag puts Ireland one of top three offenders in pushing for changes to EU privacy law
privacy  data-protection  lobbyplag  ireland  eu  germany  lobbying 
march 2015 by jm
Amazing cutting from Vanity Fair, 1896, for International Women's Day
"The sisters make a pretty picture on the platform ; but it is not women of their type who need to assert themselves over Man. However, it amuses them--and others ; and I doubt if the tyrant has much to fear from their little arrows."

Constance Markievicz was one of those sisters, and the other was Eva Gore-Booth.
markievicz  history  ireland  sligo  vanity-fair  19th-century  dismissal  sexism  iwd  women 
march 2015 by jm
Cowen went golfing and officials dithered as country burned in 2008 - Independent.ie
Lest we forget, the sheer bullshitting ineptitude of Fianna Fail as they managed to shamble into destroying Ireland's economy in 2008:
Once that nasty bit of business was done, the Cabinet departed en masse for six weeks on their summer holidays, despite the emerging economic and financial tsunami. Cowen and family famously took up residence in a caravan park in Connemara as opposed to his 'official' residence at the Mannin Bay Hotel nearby.
When pressed by our reporter Niamh Horan as to why he was not at his station, he defensively replied: "I don't understand it. First the media have a go at me because I'm taking a holiday with my family and then they come down to see if I'm having a good time!" he exclaimed.
2008  meltdown  ireland  brian-cowen  connemara  politics  history  fianna-fail 
february 2015 by jm
Slack's coming to Dublin
Butterfield insists that Slack improves on the basic messaging functionality offered by its predecessors. The company plans to expand from 100 employees to 250 this year, open an office in Dublin, and launch a version that supports large companies with multiple teams.
slack  messaging  chat  dublin  ireland  jobs  tech 
february 2015 by jm
Dept of Education and Primary Online Database
Simon McGarr has a theory -- the indefinite data retention of sensitive data on primary schoolchildren actually has a genesis in the Irish state wishing to protect itself against prosecution from future child abuse cases
ireland  child-abuse  schools  simon-mcgarr  pod 
february 2015 by jm
Digital Rights Ireland announces its first conference!
Digital Rights Europe, Wednesday, April 15th in Dublin. deadly!
digital-rights  ireland  dri  privacy  data-protection  europe  eu 
february 2015 by jm
Excellent example of failed "anonymisation" of a dataset
Fred Logue notes how this failed Mayo TD Michelle Mulherin:
From recent reports it mow appears that the Department of Education is discussing anonymisation of the Primary Online Database with the Data Protection Commissioner. Well someone should ask Mayo TD Michelle Mulherin how anonymisation is working for her.

The Sunday Times reports that Ms Mulherin was the only TD in the Irish parliament on the dates when expensive phone calls were made to a mobile number in Kenya. The details of the calls were released under the Freedom of Information Act in an “anonymised” database. While it must be said the fact that Ms Mulherin was the only TD present on those occasions does not prove she made the calls – the reporting in the press is now raising the possibility that it was her.

From a data protection point of view this is a perfect example of the difficulty with anonymisation. Data protection rules apply to personal data which is defined as data relating to a living individual who is or can be identified from the data or from the data in conjunction with other information. Anonymisation is often cited as a means for processing data outside the scope of data protection law but as Ms Mulherin has discovered individuals can be identified using supposedly anonymised data when analysed in conjunction with other data.

In the case of the mysterious calls to Kenya even though the released information was “anonymised” to protect the privacy of public representatives, the phone log used in combination with the attendance record of public representatives and information on social media was sufficient to identify individuals and at least raise evidence of association between individuals and certain phone calls. While this may be well and good in terms of accounting for abuses of the phone service it also has worrying implications for the ability of public representatives to conduct their business in private.

The bottom line is that anonymisation is very difficult if not impossible as Ms Mulherin has learned to her cost. It certainly is a lot more complex than simply removing names and other identifying features from a single dataset. The more data that there is and the more diverse the sources the greater the risk that individuals can be identified from supposedly anonymised datasets.
data  anonymisation  fred-logue  ireland  michelle-mulherin  tds  kenya  data-protection  privacy 
january 2015 by jm
No POD
This group aims to consolidate opposition, give clear information and support letter writing and information awareness against the Dept. of Education's Primary Online Database.
pod  ireland  privacy  data-protection  children  kids  schools 
january 2015 by jm
Politwoops
'All deleted tweets from politicians'. Great idea
delete  twitter  politics  politicians  ireland  social-media  news 
january 2015 by jm
Surveillance of social media not way to fight terrorism – Minister
Blanket surveillance of social media is not the solution to combating terrorism and the rights of the individual to privacy must be protected, Data Protection Minister Dara Murphy said on Monday. [He] said Ireland and the European Union must protect the privacy rights of individuals on social media. “Freedom of expression, freedom of movement, and the protection of privacy are core tenets of the European Union, which must be upheld.”
dara-murphy  data-protection  privacy  surveillance  europe  eu  ireland  social-media 
january 2015 by jm
DRI’s Unchanged Position on Eircode
'Broadly, they are satisfied with what we are doing'

versus:

'We have deep concerns about the Eircode initiative… We want to state clearly that we are not at all ‘satisfied’ with the postcode that has been designed or the implementation proposals.'
dri  ireland  eircode  postcodes  privacy  data-protection  quotes  misrepresentation 
january 2015 by jm
Group warns of postcode project dangers | Irish Examiner
“We have spoken to the National Consumer Agency, logistics companies and Digital Rights Ireland, with which we have had an indepth conversation to see if there is anything in the proposal that might be considered to have an impact on anyone’s privacy. Broadly, they are satisfied with what we are doing,” [Patricia Cronin, head of the Department of Communications’ postcodes division] told the committee.

However in his letter, [DRI's] O’Lachtnain said the group “want to state clearly that we are not at all ‘satisfied’ with the postcode that has been designed or the implementation proposals”.


Some nerve!
dri  nca  privacy  patricia-cronin  goverment  postcodes  eircode  dpc  ireland 
january 2015 by jm
Registering children: Ireland’s Primary Online Database
If you haven’t heard about it, it is a compulsory database of the personal information of children, including PPS numbers, ethnicity, race and language skills, to be held for decades and shared across State agencies.
privacy  ppsn  databases  pod  ireland  children  kids  primary-schools 
january 2015 by jm
Why Ireland must protect privacy of Irish emails and internet usage from surveillance
It’s now over a year since Edward Snowden went public with evidence of mass surveillance and extensive abuses by the NSA, GCHQ and other intelligence agencies. In other countries these revelations prompted parliamentary inquiries, diplomatic representations and legislation. In Ireland the only response was a promise [..] to help extradite Mr Snowden should he land here.
ireland  politics  edward-snowden  extradition  privacy  nsa  gchq  spying  surveillance  tj-mcintyre 
december 2014 by jm
State sanctions foreign phone and email tapping
Well, this stinks.
Foreign law enforcement agencies will be allowed to tap Irish phone calls and intercept emails under a statutory instrument signed into law by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald.
Companies that object or refuse to comply with an intercept order could be brought before a private “in camera” court.
The legislation, which took effect on Monday, was signed into law without fanfare on November 26th, the day after documents emerged in a German newspaper indicating the British spy agency General Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) had directly tapped undersea communications cables between Ireland and Britain for years.
ireland  law  gchq  surveillance  mlats  phone-tapping 
december 2014 by jm
GpsMapIreland
This topographic map represents Ireland. It is designed for "hillwalking". The contour lines are extracted from SRTM public data provided by NASA. These files contain a digitized ground represented by points. The sample rate defines a grid resolution for Ireland around 90m in northing and 60m in easting. In major cases, digitized points do not correspond with summits. Carrauntoohil (1039m, the highest summit of Ireland) does not appear in SRTM data. The altitude reaches only 1018m.
Data were obtain from space with a radar. Because of the relative position between the radar and the earth, a shadow appears in some conditions (along ridges, behind summits...). This shadow matches with a gap in data (Imagine you with a flashlight in a dark room. It is hard to see what is in shadow). To close these gaps, you need other data or you can do interpolation. The second solution is applied in our case. There is one square degree per SRTM file with a sample rate of 1200x1200 points/square degree at Ireland latitude. [...]
All in all you obtain contour lines pretty sufficient for walking.
hillwalking  walking  ireland  gps  garmin  open-data  srtm  maps  hiking  via:alan 
november 2014 by jm
Only 10% of serious cycling injuries in Ireland were recorded by Gardai
The Bedford Report for the HSE in 2011 showed that only approximately 10% of serious injuries (with hospital admission to a bed) incurred by cyclists in road traffic collisions were recorded by Gardai. If a cyclist is knocked off his/her bike from impact with a motorised vehicle that is a potential criminal offence if serious injury results. Cyclists expect all such RTCs to be properly and fully investigated and recorded with appropriate follow-up. That clearly is not happening at present. Acute hospitals need to document all admission cases arising from cyclist RTCs and inform the Gardai of them.
garda  police  ireland  cycling  injuries  accidents  reporting  data  bedford-report  hse  hospital 
november 2014 by jm
Amazon announces 300 jobs at Dublin base - RTÉ News
DUB6 is expanding (or is it DUB14 now? can't keep up)
The jobs will be across a variety of positions, including software engineers, technical engineers, technical managers, customer support and IT security.
dublin  amazon  jobs  ireland 
november 2014 by jm
Irish government in favour of ISDS court-evasion for multinationals
This has _already_ been used to trump national law. As Simon McGarr noted at https://twitter.com/Tupp_Ed/statuses/526103760041680898 :

'Philip Morris initiated a dispute under the Australia-Hong Kong Bilateral Investment Treaty to force #plainpacks repeal and compensation'.

"Plain packs" anti-smoking is being bitterly fought at the moment here in Ireland.

More from the US point of view: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/harold-meyerson-allowing-foreign-firms-to-sue-nations-hurts-trade-deals/2014/10/01/4b3725b0-4964-11e4-891d-713f052086a0_story.html :

'The Obama administration’s insistence on ISDS may please Wall Street, but it threatens to undermine some of the president’s landmark achievements in curbing pollution and fighting global warming, not to mention his commitment to a single standard of justice. It’s not worthy of the president, and he should join Europe in scrapping it.'
isds  national-law  law  ireland  sovereignty  multinationals  philip-morris  us-politics  eu  free-trade 
october 2014 by jm
Irish Water responds to landlords’ questions
ugh, what a mess....
* Every rental unit in the State is to get a pack addressed personally to the occupant. If Irish Water does not have details of a tenant, the pack will be addressed to ‘The Occupier’
* Packs will only be issued to individual rental properties in so far as Irish Water is aware of them
* Landlords can contact Irish Water to advise they have let a property
* Application Packs are issued relative to the information on the Irish Water mailing list. If this is incorrect or out of date, landlords can contact Irish Water to have the information adjusted
* Irish Water will contact known landlords after the initial customer application campaign, to advise of properties for which no application has been received
* Irish Water said that when a household is occupied the tenant is liable and when vacant the owner is liable. Both should advise Irish Water of change of status to the property - the tenant to cease liability, the landlord to take it up.
Either party may take a reading and provide it to Irish Water, alternatively Irish Water will bill on average consumption, based on the date of change.
irish-water  water  ireland  liability  bills  landlords  tenancy  rental 
october 2014 by jm
Landlords not liable for tenants’ water bills
What an utter fuckup. Business as usual for Irish Water:
However the spokeswoman said application packs for rented dwellings would be addressed to the landlord, at the landlord’s residence, and it would be the landlord’s responsibility to ensure the tenant received the application pack.
Bills are to be issued quarterly, but as Irish Water will have the tenant’s PPS number, the utility firm will be able to pursue the tenant for any arrears and even apply any arrears to new accounts, when the tenant moves to a new address.
Last week landlords had expressed concern over potential arrears, the liability for them and the possibility of being used as collection agents by Irish Water.
landlords  ireland  irish-water  tenancy  rental  ppsn 
october 2014 by jm
Grade inflation figures from Irish universities
The figures show that, between 2004 and 2013, an average of 71.7 per cent of students at TCD graduated with either a 1st or a 2.1. DCU and UCC had the next highest rate of such awards (64.3 per cent and 64.2 per cent respectively), followed by UCD (55.8 per cent), NUI Galway (54.7 per cent), Maynooth University (53.7 per cent) and University of Limerick (50.2 per cent).
tcd  grades  grade-inflation  dcu  ucc  ucd  ireland  studies  academia  third-level 
october 2014 by jm
"Meta-Perceptual Helmets For The Dead Zoo"
with Neil McKenzie, Nov 9-16 2014, in the National History Museum in Dublin:

'These six helmets/viewing devices start off by exploring physical conditions of viewing: if we have two eyes, they why is our vision so limited? Why do we have so little perception of depth? Why don’t our two eyes offer us two different, complementary views of the world around us? Why can’t they extend from our body so we can see over or around things? Why don’t they allow us to look behind and in front at the same time, or sideways in both directions? Why can’t our two eyes simultaneously focus on two different tasks?

Looking through Michael Land’s defining work Animal Eyes, we see that nature has indeed explored all of these possibilities: a Hammerhead Shark has hyper-stereo vision; a horse sees 350° around itself; a chameleon has separately rotatable eyes…

The series of Meta-Perceptual Helmets do indeed explore these zoological typologies: proposing to humans the hyper-stereo vision of the hammerhead shark; or the wide peripheral vision of the horse; or the backward/forward vision of the chameleon… but they also take us into the unnatural world of mythology and literature: the Cheshire Cat Helmet is so called because of the strange lingering effect of dominating visual information such as a smile or the eyes; the Cyclops allows one large central eye to take in the world around while a second tiny hidden eye focuses on a close up task (why has the creature never evolved that can focus on denitting without constantly having to glance around?).'

(via Emma)
perception  helmets  dublin  ireland  museums  dead-zoo  sharks  eyes  vision  art 
october 2014 by jm
how King Cormac predicted Arguing On The Internet
From <a href='http://www.maryjones.us/ctexts/cormac3.html'>The Wisdom of King Cormac</a>:

"O Cormac, grandson of Conn", said Carbery, "What is the worst pleading and arguing?" "Not hard to tell", said Cormac. "Contending against knowledge, contending without proofs, taking refuge in bad language, a stiff delivery, a muttering speech, hair-splitting, uncertain proofs, despising books, turning against custom, shifting one's pleading, inciting the mob, blowing one's own trumpet, shouting at the top of one's voice."
internet  arguing  history  ireland  king-cormac  hair-splitting  shouting  reddit 
october 2014 by jm
Eircode postcodes will cost lives, warn emergency workers
A group representing frontline emergency staff has warned lives will be lost unless the Government reverses its decision on a new national postcode system due to be rolled out next spring.

John Kidd, chairman of the Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association, said the “mainly random nature” of the Eircode system would mean errors by users would go unnoticed, as well as cause confusion and may be “catastrophic” in terms of sending services to the wrong location.

[....]

Neil McDonnell, general manager of the Freight Transport Association Ireland, said he understood Mr Kidd’s concerns. “Take, for example, two adjacent houses in Glasnevin, Dublin,” said Mr McDonnell. “One could be D11 ZXQ8, the other one D11 67TR. The four-character unique identifier is completely random, with no sequence or algorithm linking one house to the other.”
eircode  fail  postcodes  ireland  geo  location  gps  emergency 
october 2014 by jm
UK psyops created N. Irish Satanic Panic during the Troubles - Boing Boing
During the 1970s, when Northern Ireland was gripped by near-civil-war, British military intelligence staged the evidence of "black masses" in order to create a Satanism panic among the "superstitious" Irish to discredit the paramilitaries.

The secret history of imaginary Irish Satanism is documented in Black Magic and Bogeymen: Fear, Rumour and Popular Belief in the North of Ireland 1972-74, a new book from Sheffield University's Richard Jenkins, who interviewed Captain Colin Wallace, the former head of British Army "black operations" for Northern Ireland.
northern-ireland  1970s  the-troubles  ireland  uvf  ira  history  black-magic  satanism  weird  fear  mi5 
october 2014 by jm
DIRECT MARKETING - A GENERAL GUIDE FOR DATA CONTROLLERS
In particular:
Where you have obtained contact details in the context of the sale of a product or service, you may only use these details for direct marketing by electronic mail if the following conditions are met:

the product or service you are marketing is of a kind similar to that which you sold to the customer at the time you obtained their contact details
At the time you collected the details, you gave the customer the opportunity to object, in an easy manner and without charge, to their use for marketing purposes
Each time you send a marketing message, you give the customer the right to object to receipt of further messages
The sale of the product or service occurred not more than twelve months prior to the sending of the electronic marketing communication or, where applicable, the contact details were used for the sending of an electronic marketing communication in that twelve month period.
email  spam  regulations  ireland  law  dpc  marketing  direct-marketing 
september 2014 by jm
DublinDashboard
'provides citizens, public sector workers and companies with real-time information, time-series indicator data, and interactive maps about all aspects of the city. It enables users to gain detailed, up to date intelligence about the city that aids everyday decision making and fosters evidence-informed analysis.'
dublin  dashboards  maps  geodata  time-series  open-data  ireland 
september 2014 by jm
Open Invention Network Symposium on Open Source Software and Patents in Context
Dublin, 24th September 2014, hosted by Enterprise Ireland. Hosted by former Ubuntu
counsel (via gcarr)
via:gcarr  ubuntu  law  legal  open-source  floss  oss  oin  inventions  patents  swpat  software  ireland  ei  events 
september 2014 by jm
SI336 - current Irish anti-spam law
"European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services) (Privacy and Electronic Communications) Regulations 2011". Spam is covered under 13.1, "Unsolicited communications", on page 16 of this PDF
spam  anti-spam  law  ireland  eu  ec  sms  email  si336  privacy  regulation 
september 2014 by jm
Irish Water Data Protection Notice: A review…
Tried and came up wanting. Particularly notable for its illegal "Marketing" section, which attempts to evade opt-in-required anti-spam law with a "consent landgrab" on SMS and email
irish-water  law  dpc  data-protection  privacy  spam  opt-in  si336  sms  email  ireland 
september 2014 by jm
Postcodes at last but random numbers don’t address efficiency
Karlin Lillington assembles a fine collection of quotes from various sources panning the new Eircode system:
Critics say the opportunity has been missed to use Ireland’s clean-slate status to produce a technologically innovative postcode system that would be at the cutting edge globally; similar to the competitive leap that was provided when the State switched to a digital phone network in the 1980s, well ahead of most of the world.
Instead, say organisations such as the Freight Transport Association of Ireland (FTAI), the proposed seven-digit format of scrambled letters and numbers is almost useless for a business sector that should most benefit from a proper postcode system: transport and delivery companies, from international giants like FedEx and UPS down to local courier, delivery and service supplier firms.
Because each postcode will reveal the exact address of a home or business, privacy advocates are concerned that online use of postcodes could link many types of internet activity, including potentially sensitive online searches, to a specific household or business.
eircode  government  fail  ireland  postcodes  location  ftai  random 
september 2014 by jm
The Broadcasting Association of Ireland and the NUJ agree: the internet must be regulated so that it can be 'brought into line'
'The Irish Times podcast ends with both the NUJ’s Seamus Dooley and Prof Kenny agreeing that somebody must regulate the internet so that it can be brought into line.'
regulation  ireland  law  dangerous  nuj  bai  journalism  censorship 
august 2014 by jm
Wiki Loves Monuments

Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photo contest, organised by Wikimedia [...]. This year, the Wikimedia Ireland Community are running the competition for the very first time in Ireland. The contest is inspired by the successful 2010 pilot in the Netherlands which resulted in 12,500 freely licensed images uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. It has grown substantially since its inception; in 2013 369,589 photographs were submitted by 11,943 participants from over 50 countries. Cultural heritage is an important part of the knowledge that Wikipedia collects and disseminates. An image is worth a thousand words, in any language and local enthusiasts can (re)discover the cultural, historical, or scientific significance of their neighbourhood. The Irish contest, focussing on Ireland’s national monuments, runs from August 23 - September 30. Follow our step-by-step guide to find out how you can take part.
wikipedia  wikimedia  images  monuments  history  ireland  contests  creative-commons  licensing 
august 2014 by jm
EcoJel jellyfish identification card
To identify the jellyfish found in Irish waters -- good, recognisable photos
jellyfish  identification  ecojel  ireland  sea  swimming  safety  id-cards 
august 2014 by jm
WWN’S Guide To Abortion In Ireland
"Why are you still reading this? Go to England!"

funny because it's (horribly) true.
abortion  ireland  politics  women  rights  wwn  england  ovaries  rosaries  religion 
august 2014 by jm
BAI says Mooney Show was wrong to broadcast programme supporting same-sex marriage
This is a terrible decision. As Fintan O'Toole wrote afterwards: [The] 'BAI decision actually makes the point: a gay couple is a political "issue"; a straight couple is just a couple'
ireland  law  bai  radio  derek-mooney  same-sex-marriage  gay  equal-rights 
august 2014 by jm
Google's mighty mess-up on 'right to be forgotten' - Independent.ie
In this context, the search giant says that it has "a team of people reviewing each application individually". Really? Did this team of people decide that redacting links to an article reporting a criminal conviction was consistent with an individual's right to privacy and 'right to be forgotten'?

Either Google is deliberately letting egregious errors through to try and bait journalists and freedom of expression activists into protesting or its system at vetting 'right to be forgotten' applications is awfully flawed.
google  right-to-be-forgotten  privacy  law  ireland  adrian-weckler  journalism  freedom-of-expression  censorship  redaction 
july 2014 by jm
Irish parliament pressing ahead with increased access to retained telecoms data
While much of the new bill is concerned with the dissolution of the Competition Authority and the National Consumer Agency and the formation of a new merged Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) the new bill also proposed to extend the powers of the new CCPC to help it investigate serious anticompetitive behaviour.

Strikingly the new bill proposes to give members of the CCPC the power to access data retained under the Communications (Retention of Data) Act 2011. As readers will recall this act implements Directive 2006/24/EC which obliges telecommunications companies to archive traffic and location data for a period of up to two years to facilitate the investigation of serious crime.

Ireland chose to implement the maximum two year retention period and provided access to An Garda Siochana, The Defence Forces and the Revenue Commissioners. The current reform of Irish competition law now proposes to extend data access powers to the members of the CCPC for the purposes of investigating cartel offences.
data-retention  privacy  surveillance  competition  ccpc  ireland  law  dri 
july 2014 by jm
Report of the Internet Content Governance Advisory Group
looking at the summary, looks broadly sensible; no government-mandated filtering/blocking I can spot quickly
internet  filtering  safety  kids  porn  blocking  ireland  pegi  ratings  reports  pdf 
june 2014 by jm
Data sharing deal with U.S. referred to EU's top court | Reuters
High Court Justice Gerard Hogan said that given the Safe Harbour agreement, which says that U.S. has sufficient data safeguards in place, the Irish regulator did not have the authority to investigate. If Safe Harbour stands, the student group's application must fail, he said. "The critical issue which arises is whether the proper interpretation of the 1995 [EU data protection] directive and the 2000 Commission decision [on the Safe Harbour principles] should be re-evaluated in the light of the subsequent entry into force of article 8 of the EU charter," on the right to the protection of personal data, Hogan said.
eu  safe-harbor  privacy  high-court  ireland  law  data-protection 
june 2014 by jm
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