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Commentary: The ‘Irish’ Startup Attribution Problem
Why don't Irish tech startup activity show up on a EU-wide comparisons? Turns out we tend to transition to a US-based model, with US-based management and EU-based operations and engineering, like $work does:
Successful Irish tech companies have a skewed geographic profile. This presents a data gathering problem for the data companies but its also a strong indicator of the market reality for Irish startups. The size of the local market and a focus on software business in particular means many Irish startups are transitioning to the US (some earlier and with more commitment than others), and getting backed by a spectrum of local and international VCs.


Correcting for this put Ireland's tech venture investment in the second half of 2014 at $125m, midway between Sweden and Finland, 8th in Europe overall.
ireland  tech  startups  investment  vc  europe  eu 
5 days ago by jm
Heineken refreshed by ‘craft beer’ ruling
scumbags. Attempting to pass off their pissy beer under alternative names to con consumers into buying it!

'There will be no sanctions against Heineken for passing off non-craft beer as “locally produced”, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has said.

The FSAI and HSE launched a joint investigation last month after it emerged that Heineken Ireland had sold some of its products, including Foster’s lager, under craft-type names such as Blasket Blonde and Beanntrai Bru. Two well-known stouts, Beamish and Murphy’s, were also sold under craft-type names by the international brewing giant. C&C, a Tipperary-based drinks company, was also investigated after it admitted selling its Clonmel 1650 lager under a different name, Pana Cork, in Cork.'
heineken  lager  beer  cons  ireland  consumer  fsai 
19 days ago by jm
Pure Pharmacy
a low-cost online vendor in Ireland, recommended by @irldexter on ITS (along with webdoctor.ie):

'For basic consultations I halved the cost €55 to engage a GP with https://www.webdoctor.ie/ down to €25 (for limited domains) and after paying €8.48 and €9.48 respectively for a Ventolin inhaler, I now get them for €3.50 at http://www.purepharmacy.ie/ (closer to mainland EU costs). I also benchmarked my parents medicine costs which worked out 40% cheaper too.'
recommendations  pharmacy  ireland  doctors  health  medicine 
4 weeks ago by jm
Rents dwarf Celtic Tiger era with ‘disastrous effect’ on society

“The scale of the challenge here remains depressing,” says the report. “It has never been viable to build apartment blocks in the vast majority of this country.” [...] The report notes that the rise in living costs of almost three quarters in less than five years is “a symptom of strong demand for housing” as economic recovery continues and the population grows.
“But there is nothing inevitable about housing costs rising with demand,” it says. “That only happens when supply fails to respond, and the complete absence of any meaningful level of construction over the past five years is a systemic failure in desperate need of policy solutions.
“There is no more urgent task facing the Minister for Housing, his department and advisers, and the Housing Agency, than understanding why the costs of building, and building apartments in particular, is so dramatically out of line with our own incomes and indeed with the cost in other countries.”
daft  housing  ireland  fail  homes  rent  building 
4 weeks ago by jm
DevelEire
Subreddit devoted to becoming a software developer in Ireland, with a decent wiki
ireland  dev  jobs  coding  via:its 
5 weeks ago by jm
New Scientist: Home abortions are safe – we should let women do it themselves
the Women on Web approach is backed by a column in New Scientist:

'It’s also safer than many other medicines that we are allowed to buy from pharmacies without a prescription, such as Viagra in the UK. So why can’t women get abortion pills from pharmacies and manage the process themselves at home if they choose? It might sound radical but it’s already widespread in countries where abortion is illegal, with women buying the pills from online pharmacies. While some countries, such as Poland, are trying to tighten their already strict abortion laws, the advent of mail-order abortion pills means the law is becoming almost irrelevant.'
new-scientist  safety  abortion  pro-choice  medicine  mifepristone  pills  poland  ireland  repealthe8th 
7 weeks ago by jm
Stephen Coutts – Irexit by Default? The Maintenance of Open Borders and Constitutional Realignment in the event of a hard Brexit
This is the new fear -- that FF/FG will accidentally and stupidly disengage Ireland from the EU as a side effect of trying to keep the UK happy and cross-border trade intact
trade  customs  borders  uk  brexit  imports  ireland  eu 
8 weeks ago by jm
Batsh!t Britain’s Brexit Border Blues
Good blog post on the insane plan mooted by the UK to push their border controls to the Republic of Ireland's ports
borders  uk  brexit  ireland  politics 
8 weeks ago by jm
Showing bottle: one man's vision crafted a revolution
A eulogy for Oliver Hughes, founder of the Porterhouse and Dingle Distillery, and arguably the progenitor of Ireland's craft beer scene. I had the pleasure of sharing a table with him at a beer tasting in Sweeney's off license a while back, and it was both educational and a good fun night. RIP
oliver-hughes  porterhouse  beer  ireland  dublin  dingle-distillery  rip  deaths 
august 2016 by jm
Law to allow snooping on social media defies European court ruling
Karlin on fire:
But there’s lots in this legislation that should scare the public far more. For example, the proposal that the legislation should allow the retention of “superfluous data” gathered in the course of an investigation, which is a direct contravention of the ECJ’s demand that surveillance must be targeted and data held must be specifically relevant, not a trawl to be stored for later perusal “just in case”.
Or the claim that interception and retention of data, and access to it, will only be in cases of the most serious crime or terrorism threats. Oh, please. This was, and remains, the supposed basis for our existing, ECJ-invalidated legislation. Yet, as last year’s Gsoc investigation into Garda leaks revealed, it turns out a number of interconnected pieces of national legislation allow at least 10 different agencies access to retained data, including Gsoc, the Competition Authority, local authorities and the Irish Medicines Board.
surveillance  ireland  whatsapp  viber  snowden  snooping  karlin-lillington  facebook  internet  data-retention 
july 2016 by jm
The History of the Irish Internet
This site is a companion effort to the techarchives website, except it is less well-researched, and is primarily a personal view of the development of the Internet in Ireland by your humble author, Niall Murphy.
niallm  internet  ireland  history  networking  heanet  ieunet 
june 2016 by jm
TechArchives
I need to get in touch about the early days of the Irish web!
an online home for stories from Ireland – stories about the country’s long and convoluted relationship with information technology. It aims to gather information on the most significant aspects of this relationship, to compile archives on the selected themes, and to store the assembled records for the benefit of future generations.
web  ireland  history  internet  www 
june 2016 by jm
The Irish Internet in the 1980s
from Dr Mark Humphrys in DCU:
A collection of bits and pieces of Internet history. Focusing somewhat (but not exclusively) on: (a) the 1980s, when I first started using the Internet, and: (b) Ireland.
mark-humphrys  dcu  history  tcd  bitnet  ireland  internet  web  www  1980s 
june 2016 by jm
Sample letter to refuse permission for a child's data to be transferred into POD - Tuppenceworth.ie blog
The Department of Education has issued a new circular accepting it cannot defund the education of children whose parents do not want their kid’s data to be in POD [the privacy-infringing database of all Irish primary-school children]. They’ll only accept a written request as the basis of that refusal, however. So, here’s one you can use that meets the requirements. Send or give it to your school.
pod  privacy  ireland  children  kids  school 
june 2016 by jm
Insurance Comparison Ireland
comparison-shopping site for Irish car insurance. recommended by some random Broadsheet commenter, worth a try next time this comes up
comparison  shopping  ireland  car-insurance  insurance 
june 2016 by jm
What the Irish Ate Before Potatoes - Bon Appétit
on the history of Irish cuisine -- mostly milk and butter, and notably "bog butter":
And the Irish didn’t like their butter just one way: from the 12th century on, there are records of butter flavored with onion and garlic, and local traditions of burying butter in bogs. Originally, it’s thought that bog butter began as a good storage system, but after a time, buried bog butter came to be valued for its uniquely boggy flavor.
bog-butter  bogs  ireland  food  eating  milk  curds  whey  banbidh  dairy 
june 2016 by jm
Ireland goes Big Brother as police upgrade snooping abilities - The Register
The Garda Síochána has proposed to expand its surveillance on Irish citizens by swelling the amount of data it collects on them through an increase in its CCTV and ANPR set-ups, and will also introduce facial and body-in-a-crowd biometrics technologies. [...] The use of Automated Facial Recognition (AFR) technology is fairly troubled in the UK, with the independent biometrics commissioner warning the government that it was risking inviting a legal challenge back in March. It is no less of an issue in Ireland, where the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) audited Facebook in 2011 and 2012, and scolded the Zuckerborg over its use of facial recognition technology.
afr  facial-recognition  minority-report  surveillance  ireland  gardai  cctv  anpr  biometrics  privacy 
june 2016 by jm
Benefacts
'The database of Irish nonprofits'. Excellent stuff!
non-profits  ireland  charities  charity  transparency 
may 2016 by jm
Ireland will need referendum to create EU court for patents
omg. Sean "Irish SOPA" Sherlock dealing with the important issues once again -- in this case the bloody "Unified Patent Court"
patents  eu  sean-sherlock  absurd  referenda  ireland  ip 
may 2016 by jm
About to leave UPC due to (lack of) port forwarding - Boards.ie
Virgin Media/UPC seem to have silently deployed an IPv6 "carrier-grade NAT" setup called "DS-Lite" -- ie. all customers now get just a routable IPv6 address, and share a small pool of IPv4 NATs. This breaks a multitude of useful services, including UDP IPSec VPNs it seems
udp  vpns  isps  virgin-media  virgin  ireland  ds-lite  ipv6  tunnelling  networking  nat  ipv4 
may 2016 by jm
Virgin Media Ireland hate people working from home
What the hell, Virgin?
Section 12: Use of Virtual Private Network (VPN)
As stated above, the Virgin Media Services are for residential use only and we do not support the use of VPN. If we find you are using VPN we may instruct you to stop using it and you must comply with this request. This is in order to prevent problems with our network and other Internet users.
virgin-media  virgin  upc  isps  ireland  teleworking  telecommuting  home  vpns  vpn 
may 2016 by jm
Irish drone register allowed access to personal details of 2,000 members
The breach, which allowed registered users to view names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of other people registered on the site, was brought to the attention of the authority on Sunday night.
In a statement to TheJournal.ie, the IAA revealed it was aware of four users who downloaded the file.
fail  drones  ireland  iaa  security 
april 2016 by jm
Primary Online Database: POD now (mostly) not compulsory (for now)
Ever since the introduction of the Primary Online Database of schoolchildren by the Department of Education, the Department and its Minister have been eager to point out that any parent who refused to allow a child’s data to be transferred would see that child’s education defunded.

Well, for all children other than this week’s crop of new Junior Infants, that threat has now collapsed. This is despite the Minister and her department having claimed that the drastic threat of defunding was because it simply wasn’t possible to give grants without a child’s full data being transferred. [...]

Oddly, as the prospect of defunding the education of 30% of the nation’s children in the run up to an election loomed large, the Department discovered it could, after all, pay for a child’s education without all its POD data.
pod  law  ireland  data-protection  privacy  children  school 
april 2016 by jm
So you're thinking of coming to Dublin...
A really excellent list of stuff to do/see/eat/drink in Ireland, from Colin @ 3FE. top notch recommendations! (also, god I need to get out more)
dublin  travel  food  drink  ireland  tourism  3fe 
april 2016 by jm
Gaeltacht development company defends sale of State seaweed company to Canadian multinational
FFS. Fine Gael government sells off more of our national assets for cheap:
Mr John O’Sullivan, chief executive of Bioatlantis Ltd in Co Kerry called on the Oireachtas environment committee to investigate the sale, or ask the Oireachtas public accounts committee to do so.
Mr O’Sullivan said that his company had made a bid of €5.7 million for Arramara, comprising €1.5 million initially and €4.2 million in the post-investment phase, and had been given just 12 days to prepare the bid.
He understood that two foreign companies – the Canadian Acadian Seaplants and French company Setalg – had been given over a year to prepare their bids.
He said that Acadian’s bid was €1.8 million, and the French bid was €2 million, for initial purchase, and that the rating was “changed” when the final bids were in.
No details had been released and the lack of transparency was “frightening” in relation to the final sale, he said.
seaweed  acadian  setalg  arramara  bioatlantis  government  ireland  selloff  gaeltacht  unag 
april 2016 by jm
How wet is a cycling commute in Ireland?
It turns out that you’ll get wet 3 times more often if you’re a Galway cyclist when compared to a Dubliner. Dublin is Ireland’s driest cycling city.


Some good data and visualization on this extremely important issue
rain  rainfall-radar  ireland  climate  weather  dublin  galway  cycling 
april 2016 by jm
Inside the GPO in 1916: Desmond FitzGerald’s eyewitness account
'First published 50 years ago, this first-hand account by the father of the future taoiseach Garrett FitzGerald created a storm by claiming that the rebel leaders sympathetically discussed the likelihood of the Germans putting a prince of their own on the Irish throne.'

This is amazing -- the dispair and confusion is palpable. This is the first realistic-sounding account of what went on inside the GPO during the Easter Rising I've read, and the "German prince" gambit is pretty astonishing too.
easter-rising  1916  history  gpo  germany  ireland  desmond-fitzgerald  royalty 
march 2016 by jm
Clampers have to clock off as hour change crashes system
DST strikes again:

The failure of the ParkbyText system, operated by National Controlled Parking Systems (NCPS), was described by one employee contacted by a midlands motorist unable to pay for his parking at a train station as a “Y2K moment”. The system failure caused early morning panic for thousands of drivers who tried unsuccessfully to use text messages or an app to pay for their parking ahead of returning to work after the bank holiday weekend.


Impact was that they had to stop enforcement until the day passed, I think.
parkbytext  sms  parking  ireland  ncps  dst  fail  bugs 
march 2016 by jm
A shot that rang round the world
The international impact of the Easter Rising has rarely been acknowledged. This rebellion did not only rattle British rule in Ireland — it inspired radical movements in Britain itself and across the globe, and it shook colonial rulers and states worldwide.
history  easter-rising  1916  ireland  revolution  colonialism 
march 2016 by jm
Modern Irish genome closely matches pre-Celt DNA, not Celtic
Radiocarbon dating shows that the bones discovered at McCuaig's go back to about 2000 B.C. That makes them hundreds of years older than the oldest artifacts generally considered to be Celtic — relics unearthed from Celt homelands of continental Europe, most notably around Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

For a group of scholars who in recent years have alleged that the Celts, beginning from the middle of Europe, may never have reached Ireland, the arrival of the DNA evidence provides the biological certitude that the science has sometimes brought to criminal trials.

“With the genetic evidence, the old model [of Celtic colonisation of Ireland] is completely shot,” John Koch, a linguist at the Center for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies at the University of Wales.
celts  ireland  history  dna  genetics  genome  carbon-dating  bronze-age  europe  colonisation 
march 2016 by jm
Annie West's walking trail maps
These are really beautiful (and actually quite practical)! Nice one Annie
annie-west  maps  prints  ireland  sligo  benbulben  trails  via:broadsheet 
march 2016 by jm
Protect me, I am the Donnybrook laundry
Mannix Flynn makes a persuasive case to preserve the last remaining Magdalene Laundry still standing:
Memory is something that fights an eternal battle with the passage of time and forgetfulness.  Time is a great healer for those who can heal and those who are offered healing.  There is no healing here. Time stands still like a festering wound in a well-to-do suburb as somebody attempts to erase a grave and mortal wrong. The McAleese report, the Justice for the Magdalenes, the hundreds of women still alive and their families should know of this place.  Should be present here to witness what can only be witnessed by them.  So that they can understand what’s lost, what cannot be given.  What was taken from them for generations.
magdalenes  injustice  ireland  history  catholic-church  abuse  mannix-flynn 
march 2016 by jm
Proportional Representation in Ireland: How it Works
Excellent explanation of PR-STV and the Irish voting system. Don't be a Plumper! (via John O'Shea)
plumpers  pr-stv  pr  voting  ireland  politics  via:joshea 
february 2016 by jm
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 
january 2016 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 
january 2016 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 
december 2015 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 
december 2015 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 
december 2015 by jm
TerraForm
nice 3D printed maps from this Irish company
3d  printing  maps  mapping  ireland 
december 2015 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 
december 2015 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 
november 2015 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
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