Polasaí Príobháideachais & Fianán


The Local Government Management Agency (“LGMA”) understands that your privacy is important to you and that you care about how your personal data is used and shared online. We respect and value the privacy of everyone who visits this website, Ireland Reads, (“Our Site”) and (subject to the limited exceptions in section 6, below) we do not collect personal data about you unless you provide it or contact us (see section 5, below). Any personal data we do collect will only be used as permitted by law.

Please read this Privacy Notice carefully and ensure that you understand it.

1. Definitions and Interpretation

In this Policy, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

“personal data”
means any and all data that relates to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified from that data. In this case, it means personal data that you give to Us via Our Site. This definition shall, where applicable, incorporate the definitions provided in the EU Regulation 2016/679 – the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”); and

“ We/Us/Our”
means Local Government Management Agency (“LGMA”) whose registered address is Local Government House, 35-39 Ushers Quay, Dublin 8, D08 XKP7

2. Information About Us

2.1.1 Our Site is operated by the LGMA, a body established by statutory instrument to provide services to Local Authorities
2.1.2 Our Data Protection Officer is Martina Kelly and can be contacted by email at Martina Kelly MKelly@lgma.ie or by telephone on 01 6332200, or by post to 35.39 Ushers Quay, Dublin 8, D08XKP7
2.3 We are regulated by the Data Protection Commission

3. What Does This Policy Cover?

This Privacy Notice applies only to your use of Our Site. Our Site may contain links to other websites. Please note that we have no control over how your data is collected, stored, or used by other websites and we advise you to check the privacy notices / policies of any such websites before providing any data to them.

4. Your Rights

4.1.1 As a data subject, you have the following rights under the GDPR, which this Policy and our use of personal data have been designed to uphold:

4.1.1.a.1 The right to be informed about our collection and use of personal data;
4.1.1.a.2 The right of access to the personal data we hold about you (see section 8);
4.1.1.a.3 The right to rectification if any personal data we hold about you is inaccurate or incomplete (please contact us using the details in section 9);
4.1.1.a.4 The right to be forgotten – i.e. the right to ask us to delete any personal data we hold about you (we only hold your personal data for a limited time, as explained in section 6 but if you would like us to delete it sooner, please contact us using the details in section 9);
4.1.1.a.5 The right to restrict (i.e. prevent) the processing of your personal data;
4.1.1.a.6 The right to data portability (obtaining a copy of your personal data to re-use with another service or organisation);
4.1.1.a.7 The right to object to us using your personal data for particular purposes; and
4.1.1.a.8 Rights with respect to automated decision making and profiling.

4.1.2 If you have any cause for complaint about our use of your personal data, please contact us using the details provided in section 9 and e will do our best to solve the problem for you. If we are unable to help, you also have the right to lodge a complaint with the:

Data Protection Commission
21 Fitzwilliam Square South,
Dublin 2

5. What data do we collect?

5.1.1 Subject to section 5.2, we do not collect any personal data from you.
5.1.2 If you provide us with your personal data via the ‘pledge to read’ or if you send us an email, we may collect your name, your email address, and any other information which you choose to give us.

6. How Do We Use Your Data?

6.1.1 If we do collect any personal data, it will be processed and stored securely, for no longer than is necessary in light of the reason(s) for which it was first collected. We will comply with our obligations and safeguard your rights under the Data Protection Acts 1988 to 2018 and the GDPR at all times. For more details on security see section 7, below.
6.1.2 As noted above, we do not generally collect any personal data. If you provide us with your personal details, we may use them as follows:
     6.1.2.a.1 To reply to your email;
     6.1.2.a.2 To contact you in relation to Ireland Reads Day
6.1.3 You have the right to withdraw your consent to us using your personal data at any time, and to request that we delete it.
6.1.4 We will not share any of your data with any third parties for any purposes.

7. How and Where Do We Store Your Data?

7.1.1 We only keep your personal data for as long as we need to in order to use it as described above in section 6, and/or for as long as we have your permission to keep it.
7.1.2 Some or all of your data may be stored outside of the European Economic Area (“the EEA”) (The EEA consists of all EU member states, plus Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein). If we do store data outside the EEA (this may be the case, for example, if our email server is located in a country outside the EEA), We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated as safely and securely as it would be within the EU and under the [Data Protection Act 1988 to 2018 and the GDPR
7.1.3 Data security is very important to Us, and to protect your data we have taken suitable measures to safeguard and secure any data we hold about you (even if it is only your email address).

8. How Can You Access Your Data?

You have the right to ask for a copy of any of your personal data held by Us (where such data is held). Under the GDPR, for standard requests no fee is payable and we will provide any and all information in response to your request free of charge. Please contact Us for more details at dataprotection@lgma.ie using the contact details below in section 9.

9. Contacting Us

If you have any questions about Our Site or this Privacy Policy, please contact Us by email at librariesdevelopment@lgma.ie by telephone on 01-633220 or by post at Local Government House, 35-39 Ushers Quay, Dublin 8, D08 XKP7. Please ensure that your query is clear, particularly if it is a request for information about the data we hold about you (as under section 8, above).

10. Changes to Our Privacy Policy

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time (for example, if the law changes). Any changes will be immediately posted on our site and you will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the Privacy Policy on your first use of Our Site following the alterations. We recommend that you check this page regularly to keep up-to-date.

Cookies policy

A cookie is a small text file that may be stored on your computer or mobile device that contains data related to a website you visit. It may allow a website “remember” your actions or preferences over a period of time, or it may contain data related to the function or delivery of the site. Cookies can be set by the owner of the website or in some cases by third party services the website owner allows to present other information, run content or provide other functionality such as analytics.

Most websites use cookies as they improve things by:

  • Remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • Remembering information you’ve given so you don’t need to keep entering it
  • Measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs
  • To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit AboutCookies.org or please read on to find out more about how and where we use cookies.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers containing information that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer, if you agree. Cookies allow us to ‘remember’ you and amend the site to your preferences so that we can display content that is relevant to you, enabling you to navigate more easily between pages.

Blocking cookies

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. You can access the “Help” function in your browser to find out more. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

What cookies do we use?

We use the following cookies on this website:

Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.

Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.


Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region). On the Ireland Reads website these cooies are used for the pledge and search functionality.


Managing your cookie settings

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 which records your preference.
Once you have given us your agreement to the use of cookies, we shall store a cookie on your computer or device to remember this for next time.

You can manage your cookies preferences at any time.

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as page navigation. The website cannot function properly without these cookies, and they can only be disabled by changing your browser preferences.