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Ireland House
Privacy and Cookie Policy

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1.1
Ireland House is hereinafter referred to as IH. Your privacy is important to IH. This policy provides information about the information that IH collects including personal information and the ways in which IH uses that personal information. The processing of your personal data shall always be in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and in accordance with the specific Irish ePrivacy Regulations applicable to IH. By means of this policy we inform you of the nature, scope and purpose of the personal data we collect, use and process.

IH collects a series of general data and information when a user or automated system accesses the IH platform. This general data and information are stored in the server log files. Collected data and information may include:


  1. browser types and versions used.
  2. operating system used by the accessing system.
  3. website from which an accessing system reaches our website, so-called referrers.
  4. sub-websites.
  5. date and time of access to the IH platform.
  6. internet protocol address.
  7. internet service provider of the accessing system.
  8. any other similar data and information that may be used in the event of cyber-attacks on our information technology systems.

When using this general data and information, IH does not draw any conclusions about the user. Rather, this information is needed to:


  1. deliver the content of our platform correctly.
  2. optimize the content of our platform as well as its advertisement.
  3. ensure the long-term viability of our information technology systems and platform technology.
  4. provide law enforcement authorities with the information necessary for criminal prosecution in case of a cyber-attack.

Therefore, IH analyses anonymously collected data and information statistically, with the aim of increasing the data protection and data security of our enterprise, and to ensure an optimal level of protection for the personal data we process. The anonymous data of the server log files are stored separately from all personal data provided by users.

1.2
We may collect and use the following kinds of personal information:


  1. information about your use of this platform.
  2. information that you provide when contacting us or during the IH registration process including name, email address, gender, country, date, time, profile picture, etc.
  3. your internet protocol addresses used to register, login and browse the IH platform.
  4. any other information that you send to IH.

1.3
We may process your personal information as necessary for the performance of a contract you have with IH.

We may process your personal information as necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which IH is subject.

We may process your personal information as necessary in order to protect the vital interests of you or of another person.

We may process your personal information as necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in IH.

We may process your personal information as necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by IH or by a third party.

In certain circumstances, we may process your personal information where you have given consent to the processing of your personal data for one or more specific purposes.

If IH enters into a joint venture with or is sold to or merged with another business entity, your information may be disclosed to new business partners or owners in preparation for, or as a result of, any of these events. Any other entity which takes ownership of IH, will have the right to continue to use your data in the way described by this policy, unless you consent otherwise.


IH may use your personal information to:

  1. administer this platform.
  2. personalize the platform for you.
  3. enable your access to and use of the IH platform services.
  4. send you marketing communications.
  5. contact you.

1.4
You have the option to register on the IH platform. The personal data entered by you at registration is collected and stored exclusively for internal use by IH, for our own purposes. We may request transfer to one or more processors (e.g. a payment service) that also uses personal data for an internal purpose which is attributable to the IH.

By registering on the IH platform, the date and time of the registration and your IP address are also stored by IH. The storage of this data takes place in the background. We use this data to prevent the misuse of our services, and, if necessary, to make it possible to investigate committed offenses. Insofar, the storage of this data is necessary to secure IH. This data is not passed on to third parties unless there is a statutory obligation to pass on the data, or if the transfer serves the aim of criminal prosecution.

Your registration, with the voluntary inclusion of personal data, is intended to enable the IH to offer you contents or services that may only be offered to registered users due to the nature of the matter in question. After registration you are not allowed change your email address as this could create security issues on the IH platform. You are free to change other personal data you specified during the registration at any time, or to have them completely deleted from the IH platform. If you wish to modify, delete or download a copy of the data you may do so here

1.5
By logging in on the IH platform, the date and time of the login and your IP address are also stored by IH. The storage of this data takes place in the background. We use this data to prevent the misuse of our services and if necessary, to make it possible to investigate committed offenses. Insofar, the storage of this data is necessary to secure IH. This data is not passed on to third parties unless there is a statutory obligation to pass on the data, or if the transfer serves the aim of criminal prosecution.

1.6
If your IH account is deleted, a hashed representation of your email address will continue to be stored by IH to prevent registration of new accounts on the IH platform with that same email address. The hashing algorithm transforms the email address into hexadecimal strings so that the email becomes an unrecognizable jumble of numbers and letters.

It's necessary for IH to store the hashed email address as IH uses email addresses as unique identifiers so they can only ever belong to one IH account and cannot be used for future IH accounts as this could lead to security issues and disruptions to our platform. We have an overriding legitimate interest in continuing to process the hashed email address for that specific and limited purpose.

1.7
If we decide to suspend your account, a hashed representation of your email address will be stored by IH to prevent login functionality of your account on the IH platform with that email address. The hashing algorithm transforms the email address into hexadecimal strings so that the email becomes an unrecognizable jumble of numbers and letters.

It's necessary for IH to store the hashed email address to prevent future breaches of our terms and conditions, disruptions of our platform and infringements on our private property and free speech rights. We have an overriding legitimate interest in continuing to process the hashed email address for those specific and limited purposes.

1.8
In addition to the general data and information collection of IP address on server logs previously described we also take additional measures to secure the IH platform. In order to prevent cyber-attacks and secure the data of users on the IH platform we monitor IP addresses of users that access the platform.

In the event of abnormal behaviour being detected by IH, the users IP addresses will automatically be logged and stored by IH for analysis.

In this way, we can through analysis, determine if there are specific IP addresses that should be restricted from accessing the IH platform to prevent misuse of the IH platform. If we deem it necessary, we will block IP address from accessing the IH platform.

It's necessary to store IP address in this manner so that we can properly access abnormal behaviour on our platform and ensure that the data of our users remains secure by restricting access to the IH platform for specific IP addresses. We have an overriding legitimate interest in continuing to process IP addresses for the specific and limited purposes detailed above.

1.9
In the event that a listing is removed/deleted from your account, we may permanently archive the listing for historical, statistical and marketing purposes. In the event that your listing is permanently archived, all your personal information will be removed from the listing before the listing is permanently archived.

1.10
Where IH discloses your personal information to its agents or sub-contractors for these purposes, the agent or sub-contractor in question will be obligated to use that personal information in accordance with the terms of this policy.

1.11
In addition to the disclosures reasonably necessary for the purposes identified elsewhere above, IH may disclose your personal information to the extent that it is required to do so by law, in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings, and in order to establish, exercise or defend its legal rights.

1.12
IH will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information. IH will store all the personal information you provide on its servers.

1.13
Information that IH collects may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which IH operates to enable the use of the information in accordance with this policy.

1.14
In addition, personal information that you submit for publication on the IH platform will be published on the internet and may be available around the world. You agree to such cross-border transfers of personal information.

1.15
IH may update this policy by posting a new version on this platform. You should check this page regularly to ensure you are familiar with any changes.

1.16
This website contains links to other websites. IH is not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of any third party.

1.17
IH shall process and store your personal data only for the period necessary to achieve the purpose of storage, or as far as this is granted by the European legislator or other legislators in laws or regulations to which the IH is subject to.

If the storage purpose is not applicable, or if a storage period prescribed by the European legislator or another competent legislator expires, the personal data are routinely blocked or erased in accordance with legal requirements.

1.18
You have the following rights where permitted by the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


1.19
If you have any questions about this policy or IH’s treatment of your personal information, please contact us here



2.1
The IH platform uses cookies. By using this platform, you consent to IH's use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy. In order to function correctly certain features and areas on the IH platform require third party statistical and marketing cookies to be set on your device.

Cookies are small text files used to store data on your device as you use a computer network. Through the use of cookies, IH can provide the users of this platform with more user-friendly services that would not be possible without cookies.

There are two main kinds of cookies, session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are deleted from your device when you close your browser, whereas persistent cookies remain stored on your device until deleted or until they reach their expiry date.

When a cookie is exchanged between your device and a server, the server reads the cookie and may record the data contained within the cookie or perform some processing action based on the cookie data received.

Cookies allow us to recognize our platform users. The purpose of this recognition is to make it easier for users to utilize our platform. By the use of cookies, you do not have to enter access data each time the IH platform is accessed, because this is taken over by the platform.

You may at any time prevent the setting of all but non-essential cookies on the IH platform by using the “CHANGE MY COOKIE PREFERANCES” button at the bottom of this page.

Furthermore, cookies that have been previously set can normally be deleted from within your web browser. With your browser you can normally choose whether you wish to accept cookies. Different browsers make different controls available to you and so we provide links below to popular browser instructions on how you can do this. Generally, your browser will offer you the choice to accept, refuse or delete cookies at all times, or from specific websites or from providers that website owners use i.e. third party cookies or those from specific websites.


2.2
We have integrated Google Analytics on this platform.

Google Analytics is a web analytics service. Web analytics is the collection, gathering, and analysis of data about the behaviour of visitors to websites. Google Analytics service collects, among other things, your internet protocol address, data about the website from which you have come (the so-called referrer), which sub-pages you visited, or how often and for what duration a sub-page was viewed. Web analytics are mainly used for the optimization of a website and in order to carry out a cost-benefit analysis of Internet advertising.

To protect your privacy, we have configured Google Analytics to implement IP address anonymization. Google Analytics anonymizes your IP address as soon as technically feasible at the earliest possible stage of the collection network. The anonymization process works by changing the last few digits of your IP address shortly after being sent to the Analytics Collection Network.

The purpose Google Analytics is to analyse the traffic on our platform. Google uses the collected data and information, among other things, to evaluate the use of our platform and to provide online reports, which show the activities on our platform, and to provide other services concerning the use of our platform for us.

If you choose to opt-in to third party cookies on the IH platform, Google Analytics places cookies on your device. With the setting these cookies, Google is enabled to analyse the use of our platform. With each call-up to one of the individual pages of this platform, which is operated by IH and into which Google Analytics was integrated, the browser on your device will automatically submit data through the Google Analytics for the purpose of online advertising and the settlement of commissions to Google. During the course of this technical procedure, Google gains knowledge of personal information, such as your IP address, which serves Google among other things to understand the origin of visitors and clicks, and subsequently create commission settlements.

The cookies are used to store personal information, such as the access time, the location from which the access was made, and the frequency of visits of our website by the data subject. With each visit to our Internet site, such personal data, including the IP address of the Internet access used by the data subject, will be transmitted to Google and stored by Google. Where permitted by Google Analytics terms of service, Google may pass the personal data collected through the technical procedure to third parties.

Google Analytics is operated by Google, with company headquarters located at 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, United States.

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2.3
On this platform we have integrated Google AdSense.

Google AdSense uses cookies to improve advertising. Some common applications are to target advertising based on what's relevant to a you, to improve reporting on campaign performance, and to avoid showing ads that you have already seen.

Google AdSense stores cookies after any impression, click, or other activity that results in a call to Google’s servers.

Most commonly, Google AdSense stores a cookie on your device when you visit a page that shows Google ads. Pages with Google ads include ad tags that instruct your device to request ad content from our Google’s servers. When the server delivers the ad content, it also sends a cookie. But a page doesn’t have to show Google ads for this to happen; it just needs to include our ad tags, which might load a click tracker or impression pixel instead.

Google AdSense uses your IP address to help select ads. IP address are specific to geographical areas, consequently it can show where the you are located. This lets Google display personalised ads for services and products that are local to you.

Google provides you with the ability to turn off personalized ads. You can do this by using the links provided below.

Google AdSense is operated by Google, with company headquarters located at 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, United States.

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2.4
On this platform we have integrated Google reCapatcha.

Google reCapatcha requires you to click a button that says "I'm not a robot", then Google can determine whether to prompt the you with additional question i.e. select pictures that best describe X to verify if you are in fact not a robot.

Google reCapatcha collects personal information from users to make this determination of whether they're human and not a bot.

The reCapatcha algorithm will check to see if there's a Google cookies placed on the device your using. Google may place additional marketing and statistical cookies on your device.

An additional reCapatcha specific cookie will be added to your device. Google reCapatcha works by implementing an algorithm to analyse your activity by taking and a complete snapshot of your browser window at that moment in time which is captured, pixel by pixel.

If the activity is deemed as mechanical or a made-up word is used, the activity is flagged by the system.

Some of the browser and user information Google reCapatcha collects and analyses includes the following:

Google reCapatcha also recognizes IP addresses that have been previously recognized as humans through cookies.

Google AdSense is operated by Google, with company headquarters located at 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, United States.

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2.5
On this platform we have integrated Register with Google and Login with Google.

You can use your Google account to register and login to the IH platform. In this way you benefit from not having to remember individual usernames and passwords specific for the IH platform.

Google use a standard called OAuth, which allows IH to access and retrieve select pieces of information from Google in order to authenticate you.

OAuth is a protocol that helps Google grant IH access to your information without sharing your passwords and other private, sensitive details. It is a service that allows Google to permit you to share your own select pieces of information with the IH platform, while protecting your confidential information at the same time.

When you press on the “Register with Google” or “Login with Google” button, you may then be redirected to Google’s website. Google may set various cookies on your device including statistical and marketing cookies. Google will check whether you are already logged in to Google. If you’re not, then it prompts you to enter your Google username and password to access your account. Once logged in, it shows you a small dialog box that describes the kind and extent of information that you’ll be sharing with the IH platform. If you are okay with sharing the required information with IH, you press the relevant button to continue. If you’re not okay with the information that’s going to be shared with IH, you can edit your preferences or exit the process completely.

If you choose to share the information, Google redirects you to the IH platform with an authentication code, which is basically Google’s way of telling IH that you hold a valid account with Google.

Next IH shows Google our company code assigned to us by Google. That code is then used by Google verify the identity of the IH platform, and in return, grants an access token to IH.

It is this token that IH uses to gain restricted/limited access to some of your account information, usually consisting of your name, email address, gender, Google account ID, Google profile picture, and so on.

We use the information received to process your IH registration or login request.

Google Register/Login is operated by Google, with company headquarters located at 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, United States.

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2.6
On this platform we have integrated Register with Facebook and Login with Facebook.

You can use your Facebook Account to register and login to the IH platform. In this way you benefit from not having to remember individual usernames and passwords specific for the IH platform.

Facebook use a standard called OAuth, which allows IH to access and retrieve select pieces of information from these Facebook in order to authenticate you.

OAuth is a protocol that helps Facebook grant IH access to your information without sharing your passwords and other private, sensitive details. It is a service that allows Facebook to permit you to share your own select pieces of information with the IH platform, while protecting your confidential information at the same time.

When you press on the “Register with Facebook” or ‘Login with Facebook” button, you may then be redirected to Facebook’s website. Facebook may set various cookies on your device including statistical and marketing cookies. Facebook will check whether you are already logged in to Facebook. If you’re not, then it prompts you to enter your Facebook username and password to access your account. Once logged in, it shows you a small dialog box that describes the kind and extent of information that you’ll be sharing with the IH platform. If you are okay with sharing the required information with IH, you press the relevant button to continue. If you’re not okay with the information that’s going to be shared with IH, you can edit your preferences or exit the process completely.

If you choose to share the information, Facebook redirects you to the IH platform with an authentication code, which is basically Facebook’s way of telling IH that you hold a valid account with Facebook.

Next IH shows Facebook our company code assigned to us by Facebook. That code is then used by Facebook verify the identity of the IH platform, and in return, grants an access token to IH.

It is this token that IH uses to gain restricted/limited access to some of your account information, usually consisting of your name, email address, Facebook account ID, and so on.

We use the information received to process your IH registration or login request.

Facebook Register/Login is operated by Facebook, with company headquarters located at 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, United States.

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2.7
On this platform we have integrated components of the online payment service provider PayPal. Payments are processed via so-called PayPal accounts, which represent virtual private or business accounts. PayPal is also able to process virtual payments through credit cards when a user does not have a PayPal account. A PayPal account is managed via an e-mail address, which is why there are no traditional account numbers. PayPal makes it possible to trigger online payments to third parties or to receive payments. PayPal also accepts trustee functions and offers buyer protection services.

If you choose “PayPal” as the payment option on the IH platform, we automatically transmit your data to PayPal. By selecting this payment option, you agree to the transfer of personal data required for payment processing.

The personal data transmitted to PayPal is may include first name, last name, address, email address, IP address, telephone number, mobile phone number, or other data necessary for payment processing. The processing of the purchase contract may also require such personal data, which are in connection with the respective purchase.

The transmission of the data is aimed at payment processing and fraud prevention. IH will transfer personal data to PayPal, in particular, if a legitimate interest in the transmission is given. The personal data exchanged between PayPal and the controller for the processing of the data will be transmitted by PayPal to economic credit agencies. This transmission is intended for identity and creditworthiness checks.

PayPal will, if necessary, pass on personal data to affiliates and service providers or subcontractors to the extent that this is necessary to fulfil contractual obligations or for data to be processed in the order.

You will be re-directed to the PayPal payment portal on PayPal’s website to complete payment. PayPal may set various cookies on your device including statistical and marketing cookies.

PayPal is operated by PayPal Holdings Inc, with company headquarters located at 510 Townsend St, San Francisco, California, United States.

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2.8
On this platform we have integrated components of Stripe to enable credit and debit card payment options. Stripe is payment processing platform. Stripe processes payments for Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, American Express, JCB, Discover, Diners Club, Union Pay.

If you choose “Visa” or “MasterCard” as the payment option on the IH platform, we automatically transmit your data to Stripe. By selecting this payment option, you agree to the transfer of personal data required for payment processing.

The personal data transmitted to Stripe is may include first name, last name, address, email address, IP address, telephone number, mobile phone number, or other data necessary for payment processing. The processing of the purchase contract may also require such personal data, which are in connection with the respective purchase.

The transmission of the data is aimed at payment processing and fraud prevention. IH will transfer personal data to Stripe, in particular, if a legitimate interest in the transmission is given. The personal data exchanged between Stripe and the controller for the processing of the data will be transmitted by Stripe to economic credit agencies. This transmission is intended for identity and creditworthiness checks.

Stripe will, if necessary, pass on personal data to affiliates and service providers or subcontractors to the extent that this is necessary to fulfil contractual obligations or for data to be processed in the order.

You will be re-directed to the Stripe payment portal on Stripe’s website to complete payment. Stripe may set various cookies on your device including statistical and marketing cookies.

Stripe is operated by Stripe Inc, with company headquarters located at 2211 North First Street, San Jose, California, United States.

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2.9
IH uses the following first party cookies on this platform:

Name Category Type Set By Lifespan Purpose
IH_cc Preferences Persistent IH 6 Months Used to store your cookie preferences for the IH platform
PHPSESSID Strictly Necessary Session IH End of Session Used to keep track of sessions
wordpress_test _cookie Preferences Persistent IH 90 Days Used to check if the cookies are enabled on the browser
wordpress_logged _in_[hash] Strictly Necessary Session IH End of Session Used to indicate when you’re logged in
wordpress_[hash] Strictly Necessary Session IH End of Session Used to store your authentication details on login
wordpress_sec_ Preferences Persistent IH 15 Days Used to provide protection and store account details
wp-postpass_[hash] Preferences Persistent IH 15 Days Used to maintain session if a post is password protected
wordpressuser_[hash] Preferences Persistent IH 15 Days Used for authentication
wp-postpass_[hash] Preferences Persistent IH 15 Days Used to maintain session if a post is password protected
wp-settings-[user_id] Preferences Persistent IH 1 Year Used to customize the view of the site interface
wp-settings-time-[user] Preferences Persistent IH 1 Year Used to store time at which wp-settings-[user] was set
wp-saving-post Preferences Persistent IH 1 Day Used to track if there is saved post exists for a post currently being edited. If exists then let user restore the data.




2.10
The following third party cookies may be placed on your device while using the IH platform. Third party cookies may change their name, increase or decrease in number at any time and without notice from the third party vendor.

Name Category Type Set By Lifespan Purpose
_ga Third Party Persistent Google 2 Years Used to distinguish users
_gid Third Party Persistent Google 24 Hours Used to distinguish users
_gat_gtag_UA _[property-id] Third Party Persistent Google 1 Minute Used to throttle the request rate
OTZ Third Party Persistent Google 1 Month Used to provide aggregate analysis of website visitors
DV Third Party Persistent Google 10 Minutes Used used to save the user's preferences and other information. This includes the preferred language, the number of search results to be displayed on the page as well as the decision as to whether the Google SafeSearch filter should be activated or not
NID Third Party Persistent Google 5 Months Used to store a unique ID google uses to remember your preferences
1P_JAR Third Party Persistent Google 1 Month Used for user tracking and ad targeting purposes
CONSENT Third Party Persistent Google 20 years and 1 month Used to store information about how the user utilizes the website and any advertising that the user may have seen previously
ACCOUNT_CHOOSER Third Party Persistent Google 2 Years Used for Google account selection
GAPS Third Party Persistent Google 2 Years Used by Google to track usage of their products and services
LSID Third Party Persistent Google 2 Years Used to check if a user has signed into a Google account
__Host-3PLSID Third Party Persistent Google 2 Years Used to store Google domain
__Host-GAPS Third Party Persistent Google 2 Years Set by Google when attempting Login/Register
APISID Statistical/Marketing Persistent Google 2 Years Used by Google to display personalized advertisements on Google sites, based on recent searches and previous interactions
APISID Statistical/Marketing Persistent Google 2 Years Used by Google to display personalized advertisements on Google sites, based on recent searches and previous interactions
HSID Third Party Persistent Google 2 Years Used to store digitally signed and encrypted records of a user’s Google account ID and most recent sign-in time
HSID Third Party Persistent Google 2 Years Used to store digitally signed and encrypted records of a user’s Google account ID and most recent sign-in time
SAPISID Third Party Persistent Google 2 Years Used to uniquely identifying your browser and device. Used to build a profile of the website visitor's interests and show relevant ads on other sites
SID Third Party Persistent Google 2 Years Used used for session state management
SIDCC Third Party Persistent Google 1 Year Used to store information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the said website
SSID Third Party Persistent Google 2 Years Used to store information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the said website
__Secure-3PAPISID Third Party Persistent Google 2 Years Used to builds a profile of a website visitor's interests so as to show relevant and personalized ads
__Secure-3PSID Third Party Persistent Google 2 Years Used to builds a profile of a website visitor's interests so as to show relevant and personalized ads
c_user Third Party Persistent Facebook 90 Days Used to store user ID
datr Third Party Persistent Facebook 2 Years Used to identify the web browser being used
dpr Third Party Session Facebook End of Session Used by Facebook for performance
fr Third Party Persistent Facebook 90 Days Used to deliver, measure, and improve the relevancy of ads
sb Third Party Persistent Facebook 2 Years Used to store browser details
wd Third Party Session Facebook End of Session Used by Facebook for performance
xs Third Party Persistent Facebook 3 Months Used to store a unique session ID



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