Data Protection

COVID-19: Data Protection and Subject Access Requests (D/SARs)
9th April 2020
Extraordinary measures are being taken to support public services under severe pressure at this time. Many staff in the department have been redeployed to support our colleagues in critical internal processes and to support work remotely other public service bodies facing severe pressure at this time.

 While we have made contingency plans for as many of our staff as possible to work remotely, these arrangements may impact on our data protection queries response times which may be delayed. Responses to Subject Access Requests may also be delayed.

The handling of queries on data protection which members of the public and their representatives wish to raise with the us should be made by e-mail only to:

Complaints may still be raised with the Data Protection Commission (the “DPC”) on the DPC website at: Further information in relation to the procedures for raising complaints with the Data Protection Commission can be found on the DPC website.

We would ask that you understand the difficulties arising and consider refraining from submitting requests until such time as this crisis has passed.

Many thanks for your cooperation at this time and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

As a data controller and processor, the Office is subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.  The Data Protection Policy of the Office is available in pdf format.

The premises of the Office is protected by CCTV and we have published our policy on the usage of CCTV.

Your privacy is protected under the legislation; you may also wish to see our Privacy Policy in relation to the use of our website.


Court Rulings

The Director of Public Prosecutions v Mary Donnelly

Woman pleads guilty to Fraudulent Trading

Acting on the directions of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Gardai from the ODCE this morning arrested a woman and charged her with one count of fraudulent trading contrary to section 297 of the Companies Act 1963 (as amended). The woman was brought before Limerick District Court, where, following evidence of arrest, charge and caution she entered a plea of guilty and was sent forward for sentencing to the next sitting of Limerick Circuit Criminal Court.

Full details of the charge are set out below:

"That you Mary Donnelly, between the 1st day of January 2013 and the 25th day of October 2013, both days inclusive, within the County of Limerick, were knowingly a party to the carrying on of the business of a company Shannonside Audio/Video Limited for a fraudulent purpose namely the dishonest solicitation of payments from Close Invoice Finance Limited trading as Close Brothers Commercial Finance by furnishing false or misleading invoices: Contrary to Section 297 of the Companies Act, 1963 as substituted by Section 137 of the Companies Act, 1990."

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