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# simon-mcgarr - Thursday 16 September, 2021

Survivors consider legal action to get health records amid 'bizarre' row with department
# Mother And Baby Homes
# Mother And Baby Homes

Survivors consider legal action to get health records amid 'bizarre' row with department

Sep 16th 2021, 12:05 AM 21,313 Views 0 Comments
  • Survivors of mother and baby institutions have been told to submit FOI requests, despite already applying under GDPR
  • A number of women are considering legal action, Órla Ryan reports
  • Noelle Brown says the latest development is "despicable" and "ridiculous"

# simon-mcgarr - Friday 9 July, 2021

Department 'in breach of EU law' unless it gives health records to Mother and Baby Home survivors
# GDPR
# GDPR

Department 'in breach of EU law' unless it gives health records to Mother and Baby Home survivors

Jul 9th 2021, 12:05 AM 13,630 Views 25 Comments
  • A data expert says the Minister for Children's approach breaches GDPR, Órla Ryan writes
  • Survivors have said a GP should not be involved in the process - at odds with the Department
  • Minister Roderic O'Gorman is in discussions with Cabinet colleagues about new regulations

# simon-mcgarr - Thursday 8 July, 2021

'The dead don't have GDPR rights': Woman considers legal action after department denies info request
# Personal Data
# Personal Data

'The dead don't have GDPR rights': Woman considers legal action after department denies info request

Jul 8th 2021, 6:00 AM 31,953 Views 0 Comments

Solicitor Simon McGarr said his client, a Mother and Baby Home survivor, “remains amongst the living”.

# simon-mcgarr - Thursday 8 February, 2018

'We are trying to sound the alarm' - committee hears Public Services Card is a legal ticking time bomb
# Grave Concerns
# Grave Concerns

'We are trying to sound the alarm' - committee hears Public Services Card is a legal ticking time bomb

Feb 8th 2018, 1:34 PM 61,095 Views 145 Comments

The Public Services Card was discussed for the first time in an Oireachtas forum at the Social Protection committee today.

# simon-mcgarr - Tuesday 5 December, 2017

Woman has request to see changes made to her own data refused as database 'is blanked every two weeks'
# Request Refused
# Request Refused

Woman has request to see changes made to her own data refused as database 'is blanked every two weeks'

Dec 5th 2017, 12:05 AM 47,158 Views 45 Comments

The woman had requested access to her own citizen’s data file under freedom of information.

# simon-mcgarr - Thursday 12 October, 2017

'We were bad, what Ireland is doing is 10 times worse' - International experts unimpressed with Public Services Card
# Bad Idea
# Bad Idea

'We were bad, what Ireland is doing is 10 times worse' - International experts unimpressed with Public Services Card

Oct 12th 2017, 6:00 AM 67,450 Views 67 Comments

A public meeting on the Public Services Card yesterday heard that the more data protection in Ireland changes, the more it stays the same.

# simon-mcgarr - Tuesday 5 September, 2017

Watch: The Public Services Card - should we care?
# PSC
# PSC

Watch: The Public Services Card - should we care?

Sep 5th 2017, 6:54 PM 11,817 Views 76 Comments

Earlier this afternoon Irish Times columnist Noel Whelan and Digital Rights Ireland’s Simon McGarr had a frank exchange of views on the issue at TheJournal.ie HQ.

# simon-mcgarr - Monday 4 September, 2017

Got questions or stories about the Public Services Card? We want to hear from you
# Facebook Live
# Facebook Live

Got questions or stories about the Public Services Card? We want to hear from you

Sep 4th 2017, 7:00 PM 13,245 Views 172 Comments

We’re holding a Facebook Live on Tuesday evening and we want to hear what you have to say on the subject.

# simon-mcgarr - Sunday 3 September, 2017

It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?
# Wherefore Art Thou
# Wherefore Art Thou

It's his baby, so where on earth is Paschal Donohoe on the PSC?

Sep 3rd 2017, 9:00 PM 21,444 Views 100 Comments

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe is as culpable as anyone when it comes to the furore surrounding the Public Services Card. So why is he keeping such a low profile?

# simon-mcgarr - Saturday 15 July, 2017

Pretty soon you're going to need this card to do a whole load of important things in Ireland - but why?
# Big Brother
# Big Brother

Pretty soon you're going to need this card to do a whole load of important things in Ireland - but why?

Jul 15th 2017, 12:05 AM 148,960 Views 157 Comments

Applying for a passport and a driver’s licence will soon require the Public Services Card – but that’s only the beginning.

# simon-mcgarr - Saturday 7 February, 2015

'We know more about the cows in the field than the children in our schools'
# POD
# POD

'We know more about the cows in the field than the children in our schools'

Feb 7th 2015, 7:15 AM 10,676 Views 23 Comments

Parents are voicing their concerns over the Primary Online Education being rolled out in schools across the country.

# simon-mcgarr - Tuesday 12 November, 2013

How will the new Freedom of Information charges compare to other countries?
# Legislation
# Legislation

How will the new Freedom of Information charges compare to other countries?

Nov 12th 2013, 6:45 AM 6,028 Views 26 Comments

We look at how Ireland compares to the two other countries that charge upfront for FOI requests.

# simon-mcgarr - Wednesday 30 October, 2013

Silicone in controversial PIP breast implants won't cause cancer says report
# European Commission
# European Commission

Silicone in controversial PIP breast implants won't cause cancer says report

Oct 30th 2013, 1:05 PM 4,563 Views 11 Comments

A European Commission report confirmed that no toxins are present in the implants, but that removal should be considered under certain circumstances.

# simon-mcgarr - Friday 16 August, 2013

Government acknowledges section of new FOI bill 'may cause difficulties'
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

Government acknowledges section of new FOI bill 'may cause difficulties'

Aug 16th 2013, 5:58 PM 5,634 Views 9 Comments

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform will consider if section 17 of the new FOI bill needs to be altered in the wake of correspondence from the Information Commissioner.

Government insists new FOI bill does not intend to 'uninvent computers'
# Freedom Of Information
# Freedom Of Information

Government insists new FOI bill does not intend to 'uninvent computers'

Aug 16th 2013, 7:15 AM 6,561 Views 12 Comments

Transparency activists have raised concerns about a provision in the new Freedom of Information Bill but the government has insisted their interpretation of the bill is not what the proposed legislation intends.

# simon-mcgarr - Saturday 5 January, 2013

Oireachtas to question newspapers over 'paying for linking'
# Links
# Links

Oireachtas to question newspapers over 'paying for linking'

Jan 5th 2013, 1:58 PM 8,886 Views 32 Comments

Labour TD Seán Kenny is asking the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) to appear before an Oireachtas committee to explain its stance on linking.

# simon-mcgarr - Friday 4 January, 2013

Column: Newspapers are seeking to outlaw the free exchange of ideas
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Newspapers are seeking to outlaw the free exchange of ideas

Jan 4th 2013, 7:49 AM 157 Views 99 Comments

Solicitor Simon McGarr writes on Women’s Aid, NNI and newspaper linking – an issue you can read about pretty much everywhere, except for in a newspaper.

# simon-mcgarr - Tuesday 29 May, 2012

TDs, tech and legal experts seek to crowdsource copyright review submission
# Copyright
# Copyright

TDs, tech and legal experts seek to crowdsource copyright review submission

May 29th 2012, 6:50 AM 2,361 Views 6 Comments

The Copyright Review Committee is examining current copyright legislation in Ireland in the wake of the controversial statutory instrument signed into law earlier this year.

# simon-mcgarr - Tuesday 3 April, 2012

Sherlock: Some criticism of copyright law is general anti-government sentiment
# Copyright
# Copyright

Sherlock: Some criticism of copyright law is general anti-government sentiment

Apr 3rd 2012, 7:13 PM 3,889 Views 27 Comments

In a discussion on copyright today, Junior Minister Sean Sherlock said the Attorney General was never shown a copy of an alternative proposal for copyright law in Ireland.

WATCH: Seán Sherlock participates in debate on digital rights
# Internet Freedom
# Internet Freedom

WATCH: Seán Sherlock participates in debate on digital rights

Apr 3rd 2012, 2:38 PM 3,636 Views 24 Comments

The junior minister participated in a Digital Rights Forum with reps from Boards.ie, Irish ISPs and StopSOPAIreland.com.

# simon-mcgarr - Monday 2 April, 2012

Sherlock agrees to attend debate with organiser of anti-’SOPA’ petition
# Copyright Laws
# Copyright Laws

Sherlock agrees to attend debate with organiser of anti-’SOPA’ petition

Apr 2nd 2012, 9:10 PM 8,480 Views 39 Comments

Following a ‘change of heart’, Seán Sherlock agrees to attend a discussion featuring the solicitor behind an 80,000-name petition.

# simon-mcgarr - Friday 17 September, 2010

Your Country Your Call denies breaking political lobbying laws
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

Your Country Your Call denies breaking political lobbying laws

Sep 17th 2010, 5:26 PM 1,705 Views 0 Comments

The competition says it does not need to register as a lobby group, and confirms a government contribution of €300,000.