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Irish Firms get GDPR-ready with Information Security Standard

With three weeks to go until the Europe-wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, two Irish companies are making sure they are compliant by using a globally-recognised standard for information security.
 
Dun Laoghaire-based consultancy firm RPS Group and Cork cloud solutions company vCloud.ie were presented with their certificates to the ISO 27001 standard during a special ceremony at the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) headquarters in Dublin this morning.
 
A key international business standard, ISO 27001 provides organisations with a robust framework to manage their information – both on and offline.
 
“While the GDPR is the largest overhaul of data privacy in decades, it is important that businesses do not fear it,” said Pat Breen TD, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection.

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Minister Damien English announces €15million for Housing with Support Demonstrator Project at St Michael’s Estate, Inchicore.

The Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Damien English, T.D., announced approval in principle of €15million funding for a ‘Housing with Support’ scheme for older people in Inchicore in Dublin. Speaking at the launch in the Mansion House of the report and evaluation of phase 1 of the project, Minister English said:

“Part of the St. Michael’s Estate site in Inchicore has been identified as a “Housing with Support” demonstrator model under Rebuilding Ireland and will deliver 52 homes, due for completion in 2020. The ‘Housing with Support’ model is intended to set a new standard for the future of housing provision for older people and to act as an exemplar for others to follow.  The project has been approved for funding of €14,934,528 under my Department’s Capital Assistance Scheme with a contribution of €450,000 from the HSE/Department of Health towards additional communal facilities for the residents.

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Community Water Development Fund 2018 open call for applications

The Local Authority Waters & Communities Office are pleased to announce the launch of an open call for applications to a Community Water Development Fund 2018.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, 28th May at 19.00 hrs.

The Community Water Development Fund aims to support communities in progressing water related projects and initiatives, delivering benefits locally whilst also helping to meet the objectives of the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland and the wider EU Water Framework Directive. This fund is open to all community and voluntary groups to assist in the protection and management of water quality, both locally and in the wider catchment.

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Sisk commits to double energy productivity

Construction firm becomes first Irish company to join global energy efficiency initiative
Eco Driving pilot project to be extended through the company’s operations

John Sisk & Son (“Sisk”), Ireland’s largest construction company, has become the first Irish business to join global energy efficiency initiative EP100.
 
As part of its EP100 membership commitment, Sisk has pledged to double its energy productivity within 25 years, joining companies such as Schneider Electric, Johnson Controls, Danfoss and H&M in demonstrating climate leadership by reducing energy use.

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