Privacy Policy

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The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council update the content on this website. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s Office of the Government Chief Information Officer host the website and provide technical support.

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform respect your right to privacy, and will not collect any personal information about you on this website without your clear and explicit permission. When you volunteer personal information, we will treat it securely and confidentially in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it.

We may collect the following information from each user of this site:

  • Technical information (IP address, web browser version, URLs of webpages visited, and so on)
  • The previous website address from which you reached us, including any search terms you used

We use this information to analyse the usage patterns of the website, to improve the website’s effectiveness. We do not and will not make attempts to identify individual site visitors from this information collected. It is our policy to never disclose such information in respect of individual website visitors to any third party unless explicitly stated (see Google Analytics section below), or obliged to disclose such information by a rule of law.


Cookies are small pieces of information, stored in simple text files, placed on your computer by a website. Some cookies can be read by the website on your subsequent visits. The information stored in a cookie may relate to your browsing activities on the website, or a unique identifier so that the website can ‘remember’ you on your return visit. Other cookies are deleted when you close your browser and only relate to the working of the website. Generally speaking, cookies do not contain personal information from which you can be identified, unless you have furnished such information to the website.

When you first visit this website, you will see a message informing you about cookies. If you click the ‘Hide this message’ button, a cookie will be set that records your preference. Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies or to customise your settings for cookies. To find out how to do this, see the ‘Help’ menu on your browser. Please note that if you turn off cookies or change your settings, some features of the website may not work correctly.

Google Analytics

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has introduced Google Analytics to assist us in the functioning of this website. This service helps us to provide relevant information in an easily accessible format.

Google Analytics Cookies that are used on this site are as follows:

Cookie Name Expiration Time Description
_ga 12 months from last visit Used to distinguish visitors to site
_gid 24 hours. Used to distinguish users
qtrans_admin_language 30 days Contains the primary language of the website administrator.
qtrans_front_language 1 year after setting Remembers the language setting by the vistor
WordPress_test_cookie Session cookie WordPress test cookie.
Wp-settings-1 1 year Used to customize your view of admin interface and possible the main site interface.
Wp-settings-time 1 year Used to customize your view of admin interface and possible the main site interface.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can make a data access request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you.This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Further information or to make a data access request

Please do not hesitate to contact the Data Protection Officer if you are concerned about how personal data is processed via this website or wish to make a data access request. Please ensure that you describe the records you seek in the greatest possible detail to enable the Data Protection Officer to identify the relevant record(s).

Data Protection Officer

Our Data Protection Officer is Karen Bonner.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data