Articles about Ireland

Au-mazing! Cornwall sold GOLD to Ireland back in the Bronze Age

Paleo-boffins from the the University of Southampton have found evidence of an ancient trade route for gold between Ireland and Cornwall in the south-west of Britain. The study suggests people were trading gold between the two islands as long ago as the early Bronze Age, around 2500BC. In a paper titled A Non-local Source of …
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Dropbox sets up PO box in Ireland to handle non-US services

Dropbox has joined the ranks of tech companies domiciling services in Ireland. All non-US users of paid Dropbox services will now have their service contract with Dropbox Ireland, the company says. The secure document storage outfit makes a hand-on-heart promise that the change “to better serve you and the growing number of …

DoJ's extra-territorial data demands: now Ireland is baulking

The American Department of Justice's legal spat with Microsoft keeps sending out wider ripples, with Ireland now unhappy with the DoJ's blasé attitude about its jurisdictional reach. Microsoft has long been resisting a court order that decided e-mails are “business records” and demanding that Redmond pry open some servers in …
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Gov.UK begs Google 'n' U.S. tech pals: Forget Ireland, come to Blighty

The government has opened an initiative to try to tempt US tech companies to set up shop in the UK – rather than our "tax rate lite" neighbour Ireland. The "HQ-UK" initiative is intended to showcase why Blighty is the best place to establish an international base. Part of the efforts include a "concierge service" offering a …
Kat Hall, 12 Feb 2015

Northern Ireland website leaves front door open, spills users' data

The creators of this Irish website may be fluent in the language of the Emerald Isle, but they are distinctly unversed in computer security. The Líofa (Fluent) website – a UK government project [PDF] – suffered not so much a data breach as a data giveaway. Users' personal information such as names, addresses, emails and phone …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Nov 2014
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Call the Commish! Ireland dragged into Microsoft dispute over alleged drug traffic data

Last Friday, Apple, Oracle, IBM, HP and other cloud bigwigs (represented by DigitalEurope) begged the EU for help in preventing the US seizing emails stored by Microsoft in Ireland. Now Ireland itself has done the same. On Tuesday night, the Irish authorities formally requested that the European Commission examine whether EU …
Jennifer Baker, 19 Nov 2014

Cheers Ireland! That sorts our Safe Harbour issues out – Dropbox

Following Twitter’s lead, Dropbox will treat Africans, Asians and Australians as Europeans from June 1. The file transfer site has updated its privacy rules so that all accounts outside North America will be managed by Dropbox Ireland. This means that stricter European data protection laws will apply, rather than US rules. The …
Jennifer Baker, 12 May 2015

Ireland: Hey, you. America. Hands off Microsoft's email cloud servers

The Irish government today supported Microsoft in its ongoing fight against US prosecutors – who appear to want access to server hard drives anywhere in the world. Microsoft has garnered serious backing from the technology industry in its case against American investigators. The Feds believe they have the right to access emails …
Iain Thomson, 24 Dec 2014
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Ireland accused of giving Apple 'selective advantage'

The European Commission will investigate the Republic of Ireland's handling of Apple's tax affairs, after raising concerns that discretion available to the nation's tax authorities “... has been used in the case of Apple to grant a selective advantage to that company, reducing its tax burden below the level it should pay based …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jun 2014

HPC Wales stretches its reach to Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is to get what's touted as its first HPC service, courtesy of a deal between Fujitsu and HPC Wales. Extending a collaboration that's been in place since 2012, HPC Wales says the vendor will sling £1.1 million towards the service, and seek collaborations from Irish business and academic partners. HPC Wales has …

Ireland's data cops: Yes, we probed LinkedIn. Don't ask what we found

Ireland’s data protection authorities will not publish the results of an audit they carried out on digital CV site LinkedIn. Ciara O'Sullivan, spokeswoman for the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, said that the watchdog “owes a duty of confidentiality to organisations it investigates”. She added that it was up to the …
Jennifer Baker, 05 Nov 2014
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Fujitsu fills top seat at UK and Ireland biz

Fujitsu’s technology products group lead Michael Keegan is moving up in the world, taking over as head of the UK and Ireland from Duncan Tait. The company said in March that UK veep Tait was being given the top role in EMEIA as it shuffled its global hierarchy in a reorganisation that led to the resignations of nine senior execs …
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EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report

The European Commission is set to accuse Apple of profiting from unlawful state aid from Ireland thanks to the sweet tax deals the firm has enjoyed for the last 20 years, a newspaper has reported. Sources whispered to The Financial Times reported (behind its paywall) that the EC’s antitrust authority will this week reveal some …

Ladies and trolls: Should we make cyberbullying a crime? – Ireland

Ireland’s top legal watchdog is asking for public opinion on whether a new crime of cyber-bullying should be introduced. Members of the public have another two weeks to respond to the independent Law Reform Commission’s (LRC) public consultation on cyberbullying, privacy and reputation. The Commission’s job is to advise the …
Jennifer Baker, 05 Jan 2015

Facebook offshores HUGE WAD OF CASH to Caymans - via Ireland

Facebook has reportedly swerved a huge corporation tax bill by paying its Ireland-based parent company - Facebook Holdings Limited - €1.75bn in “admin costs” for its intellectual property. According to the Financial Times (£), Facebook recently reported a pre-tax loss of €626,000 after it paid out those expenses. In 2012, …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Dec 2013

Ireland revisits tax laws to cook Apple

The Republic of Ireland has decided to take another look at its status of “tax haven of choice” for the tech sector. The nation has flagged its intentions in a Department of Finance "policy statement" (PDF) that Finance minister Michael Noonan says "... for the first time ... sets out Ireland’s International Tax Charter – a set …
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#ALERT! There'll be EMERGENCIES on TWITTER for UK, Ireland

Twitter has brought its emergency alert system to the UK and Ireland after it kicked off in the US, Japan and South Korea in September. The microblogging site has signed up Blighty's coppers, firefighters and other government agencies so they can tweet urgent messages at the country in times of crisis, or at least the small …

Google in 'right to be forgotten' snub probe: Ireland tackles moans

Ireland’s privacy watchdogs are investigating complaints from 18 people who were told by Google that they wouldn’t “be forgotten” from search results. In May, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that people could demand the takedown of links to embarrassing information about themselves from web search results – but only in …
Jennifer Baker, 08 Oct 2014

Fujitsu 'insurgent' Keegan pops up in top EMEIA post

It's all change at the top of Fujitsu’s UK management deck, with boss man Michael Keegan being catapulted into the firm’s EMEIA hardware business. Self-titled "industry insurgent" Keegan, who was made CEO of local operations 14 months ago, will also shadow his successor from the chairman’s office as well as helping to “design” …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jul 2015
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World's richest hobo (Apple) has worked 'tax-free' in Ireland since '80s

Apple has been operating practically tax-free in Ireland since 1980, a former exec has claimed. The ex-Cupertino veep spoke out as the fruity firm was accused of being a "tax resident nowhere in the world" by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) during a hearing of the US Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. The iPhone maker …
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Burton made channel overlord at F5 Networks

F5 Networks has pulled in channel grey beard Neill Burton to take control of its partner community in the UK, Ireland and, er, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Burton spent eleven years at Computacenter in various senior sales positions before he upped sticks and moved into vendor land with HDS as veep of channels and alliances back …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2015
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All right, who guessed 'street mapping' for those mystery Apple vans? Congratulations

Apple has revealed that its weird camera-mounted vans, seen roaming the California, are being used to gather images for a street mapping app. The Cupertino giant wrote on its website that it will be taking vehicles mounted with cameras around Europe and the US to gather street-level snaps for Apple Maps for iOS and OS X – pretty …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2015
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New Big Blue UK, Ireland exec to give kiss o' life to server sales

It's all change in the upper echelons of IBM's UK and Ireland Systems Technology Group: its vice-president Shaun Coulson has handed control of the unit to Tosca Colangeli amid channel talk of collapsing server sales. Colangeli is a ten-year-plus IBM veteran who most recently served as veep for Big Blue's Computer Services …
Paul Kunert, 22 May 2013
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Vodafone jumps into bed with Three in Ireland

Vodafone and Three will be sharing cell sites and support infrastructure in Ireland, reducing costs to both parties while each operator maintains its network independence. The operators aren't sharing networks, only the supporting infrastructure, but that's how Vodafone and O2 started in the UK before finally taking the plunge …
Bill Ray, 16 Jul 2012
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Twitter bulks up in Ireland

Twitter is beefing up its fire power in its new international HQ Dublin and the supporting UK office. Since announcing in September that Dublin would be the locus on its international efforts the company has been looking to increase its headcount and has now posted over seventeennew gigs in the Irish and UK posts. The Irish …

Apple forks out nearly $2bn for two ripe, green data centres

Apple is spending $1.9bn (£1.24bn) on a pair of big, green, environmentally friendly data centres in Ireland and Denmark. The fruity firm is splashing the cash (equivalent to €1.7bn) on two 160,000m2 facilities in County Galway, Ireland, and Denmark’s Jutland. The facilities will back-end the iTunes store, App Store, iMessage, …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Feb 2015

Exertis parent DCC swallows Computers Unlimited for £24m

DCC Technology has acquired consumer tech distie Computers Unlimited for £24m, the Ireland-headquartered group confirmed today. The buy adds roughly 2,000 trading accounts, offices in London, Paris and Barcelona that employ roughly 200 staff and hardware/software from 70 vendors including Adobe, Epson and WD. CU operates four …
Paul Kunert, 19 May 2015
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Yay, we're all European (Irish) now on Twitter (except Americans)

Africans, Asians and Australians are all European now, as least as far as Twitter is concerned. The micro-blogging site updated its privacy rules over the weekend and all non-US accounts will now be managed by Twitter International, headquartered in Ireland. This means that stricter European data protection laws will apply …
Jennifer Baker, 21 Apr 2015
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Cook: Apple has 'no current plan' to pull profits out of Ireland

Apple CEO Tim Cook has doubled down on his earlier defense of Cupertino's accounting practices in testimony before a US Senate subcommittee on Tuesday, describing the company as "America's largest corporate income taxpayer." "Apple complies fully with both the laws and spirit of the laws," Cook said in his prepared remarks, …
Neil McAllister, 21 May 2013
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EMC calls on company veteran to run UK ops

Undoubtedly scarred by the defection of UK boss James Petter to Pure Storage, EMC has turned to one of its veterans to take control of the country manager job, with Ross Fraser getting the call. As we revealed in January, EMC’s arch rival Pure poached Petter to run EMEA ops and it was forced to parachute its regional head Adrian …
Paul Kunert, 12 Mar 2015

Cheers! .Irish drinks to St Patrick's Day

The new internet extension .irish has been launched on annual boozefest celebration of Irish culture, St Patrick's Day. The registry owners are clearly hoping that people will register their own green piece of the internet before the third Guinness kicks in. And the brewer may be one of the first to take part, since the only …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Mar 2015
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AWS flicks switch for cloud storage replication

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has done something rather useful to its simple storage service (S3), namely making it possible to replicate data across regions. For the uninitiated, S3 is a cloud storage service that allows users to stuff stuff into the cloud, and even pick a “region” where it will land. AWS operates nine S3 regions* …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Mar 2015
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Former Apple chief John Sculley says Steve Jobs 'never forgave him'

Web Summit John Sculley, former Apple chief and forever famous for pushing Steve Jobs out of the company in the '80s, has said that the pair of tech entrepreneurs never patched things up between them. “We never really talked… Steve Jobs never forgave me – Apple was his baby,” Sculley admitted at the Web Summit in Dublin. He said that the …
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CSC picks up the axe yet again, eyes 800 staffers' quivering necks

Exclusive CSC is preparing to axe almost 800 staff in the UK and Ireland in what it is calling a "Get Fit" phase, with current proposals to transfer some of these positions to near-shore and offshore centres. Bloodletting is a seemingly annual custom for the scandal-hit ailing integrator. It is just over a year since CSC put 750 workers …

Adult FriendFinder hack EXPOSES MEELLIONS of MEMBERS

Hackers have pilfered and published the personal details and sexual preferences of 3.9 million users of hookup website Adult FriendFinder. Lusty lonely hearts, including those who asked for their account to be deleted, have been left in an awkward position after hackers broke into systems before uploading the details to the dark …
John Leyden, 22 May 2015

Gartner to CIOs: Go on, SPEND some CASH on ROBOTS 'n' 'Things'

CIOs in the UK and Ireland are bullish on “digitalisation” of their businesses as spending returns. That’s according to Gartner, who ranked so-called digitalisation third in the list of CIO’s spending priorities in the UK and Ireland. It’s up from sixth place the year before, and a bigger priority here in the UK than for CIOs …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Feb 2015
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Apple's Irish tax lair to be probed by European Commission

Apple's tax arrangements in The Republic of Ireland are about to become the subject of an official European Commission investigation, according to a report by Irish public service broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE). The report suggests competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia will take to the stage on or after June 11th …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2014
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Hong Kong mogul mulls MULTI-BEELLION POUND bid for O2 – report

British mobile operator O2 has reportedly been eyed up by Hong Kong biz baron Li Ka-shing, with a takeover bid of up to £9bn apparently being floated. The owner of Hutchison Whampoa, which controls UK mobe carrier Three, has been in tentative talks with Telfonica-run O2, according to a report in today's Sunday Times (£), which …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jan 2015

'Privacy is DAMAGING to PROGRESS' says Irish big data whitepaper

More than 350 Irish boffins have signed a white paper calling for nothing less than a “Magna Carta for Data”. The Insight Centre for Data Analytics says it wants to “put Europe on the road to fair and relevant legislation”, but most of the language sounds like what it really wants is to water down privacy rights in favour of Big …
Jennifer Baker, 06 Feb 2015

Angry Austrian takes a hit in David and Goliath Facebook battle

The Vienna Regional Court has thrown out a case against Facebook brought by Austrian Max Schrems, on procedural grounds. Last August, Schrems filed the lawsuit containing a long list of alleged violations of EU privacy laws with an Austrian court. Using a specially-designed app, 25,000 FB users joined the class-action suit. A …
Jennifer Baker, 03 Jul 2015
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Deckchairs shifted aboard tech liner HP's services biz

An EMEA-wide overhaul dreamed up by HP execs to lift the fortunes of the Enterprise Services division — and cut out costs — will be implemented in time for the fiscal New Year starting next month. Under the new-look biz, ES has consolidated from nine sub-regions into four ‘super’ clusters including North (Benelux and Nordics), …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2014
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IBM plans to axe staff in UK, Ireland despite hefty profits

Exclusive IBM is planning a round of redundancies in the UK and Ireland despite healthy growth in profits in the second quarter. In company documents seen by The Register, employees in the UK-based Strategic Outsourcing Delivery division were told Big Blue will start an employee consultation period of 30 days on 2 August. El Reg …

NO MORE DOUBLE IRISH, thunders Dublin. Erm, from 2020 that is

The Irish Finance Minister announced the end of the "Double Irish" tax break in his budget speech on Tuesday. Tech giants such as Facebook, Google, Apple and LinkedIn have taken advantage of Ireland’s lenient tax set-up for decades. But due to external pressure from Brussels and elsewhere, the emerald isle will outlaw the …
Jennifer Baker, 14 Oct 2014
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EU regulators quiz mobe industry over Hong Kong group's new bid

EU competition regulators are going to the mobile ISP industry with new concessions from Hong Kong firm Hutchison Whampoa, as it seeks approval for its $1bn bid for O2 Ireland. Sources whispered to Reuters that the conglomerate has offered the European Commission a new deal for Telefonica's Irish company after an initial …

Check your Clungene, Irish women warned

Ireland's Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has advised any woman who's trying to get pregnant to check her Clungene, if indeed she's using the Chinese pregnancy test kit to confirm she's up the duff. In some cases, the product has been providing false positives, so just when you think your Clungene is telling you …
Lester Haines, 07 Aug 2014

Microsoft springs for new undersea cables to link US, UK, Asia

Microsoft has invested in two new cables to connect its North American data centers with facilities in Ireland, and it says it will soon help build similar data networking links to Asia. "Over the past 9 months, Microsoft has been significantly investing in subsea and terrestrial dark fiber capacity by engaging in fiber …
Neil McAllister, 11 May 2015
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It's official: EU chiefs WILL probe Apple's Irish tax deal

The European Commission officially announced today that it is looking into the possibility that Apple received illegal state aid from Ireland in 1991 and 2007. The Commish is examining whether deals done with the Irish tax authorities constitute state aid. Apple’s European arm is incorporated in Ireland and, like most …
Jennifer Baker, 30 Sep 2014
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Sky bathes in cash - then adds FIVE BEELLLION to its debt mountain

Sky is successfully unbundling itself, or so it seems, and trying to fight off the twin assaults of telco giant BT breaking its live football stronghold in the UK and the emergence of over-the-top players such as Netflix. For the period covering the six months ended 31 December, the company formerly known as "BSkyB" had an …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Feb 2015
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Irish data cops plan long soak in CASH BATH: Gee thanks, Facebook, Twitter, Google

Irish data protection authorities are expecting a cash injection in tomorrow’s budget. Currently the Office of Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) spends around €1.7m a year, but there are fears across Europe that this will be insufficient if the draft Data Protection Regulation becomes law in its current form. Facebook, Google …
Jennifer Baker, 13 Oct 2014

Microsoft tries to defend Irish servers from US g-men invasion, again

Microsoft is continuing its battle against US demands that it hand over e-mail data stored in Ireland, arguing in its appeal that the US government would resist any demand by a foreign government that it hand over data stored in America. Detailed at Digital Constitution, the Microsoft brief filed on December 8 puts the …