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I received an interesting email this afternoon. It was from Mark Tighe a journalist with the Sunday Times. It read: ” Did you see the ads in the papers today from the HSE? They are finally going to destroy the heelprick samples older than 10 years.” This brought me back to a blogpost I typed […]

The “story” about Temple Streets Hospital blood sample/DNA database that started at the end of December 2009 just keeps on getting bigger. I blogged about this in December and January and had contact with Mark Tighe, Temple Street Hospital & the Data Protection commissioner. The facts were clear and simple: The fact that Temple Street […]

I recently wrote about the discovery that (since 1984) Temple Street hospital had retained all newborn bloodsamples submitted to it for the purpose of the PKU/heelprick tests. That means that they have a database of people born in Ireland since 1984! This is an estimated 1.54 million people. This was all following an article in […]

I came across this article in last weekends Sunday Times newspaper. The article outlines how Dublin’s Temple Street Hospital has: “built a database containing the DNA of almost every person born in the country since 1984 without their knowledge in an apparent breach of data protection laws”. What has happened is that the hospital: “amassed […]

At some point in the past David Furnish, husband of celebrity crooner Elton John went of to the USA where he engaged in a threesome with another couple. Now you, I and every other right thinking person would have never have found out about this (or want to) but darling Elton threw a hissy fit […]

2010 in review

Posted: January 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 30,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj […]

Declan Ganley gave an interview to one of the Irish Sunday paper. Now if you’re like myself and don’t want to touch the Irish Mail on Sunday with a mile long bargepole but still want to read the interview it’s a frustrating wait until it becomes available online (if it does at all). NOTE: The […]

Sunday Reading, August 1st

Posted: August 1, 2010 in news, Uncategorized

Holy humpbacks Batman, it’s August! Yes indeed and time flies. I missed last weekends Sunday reading dues to time & work pressure so this weeks will be extra good, enjoy! Some people think FourSquare is on the way out. I’ve noticed a 2nd surge of users and think it’s only just starting. It seems Bernie […]

Sunday Reading July 18th

Posted: July 18, 2010 in news

Apple, stop releasing new products and just upgrade your existing productline! The Republican loyalty quiz. US centric but funny. Is donkey pron popular in Pakistan? Bear punching. Don’t try this at home kids! New Zealand to make software unpatentable Ipad sales might hit the headlines but PC sales are on the up. This is a […]

Sunday Reading 4th of July.

Posted: July 4, 2010 in news

There has been a flood of good posts in my Bloglines this week so it’s going to be a long list this week. “Mobile Apps a fad”. I couldn’t agree more. It’s the internet stupid! “100 Best Movie Insults of All Time” Classic. I advise memorising a few. Business not government create jobs. “Executive temperament […]