back to main news page
Written by:
Muireann Leonard
April 11, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation comes into force across the EU on  25 May 2018. This regulation will replace our existing data protection legislation and while the majority of the elements in the original 1988 and 2003 Acts are contained within the GDPR, the new legislation enhances and expands many aspects. The GDPR emphasises transparency, security and accountability by data controllers (i.e. hospitals) while at the same time standardising and strengthening the right of European citizens to data privacy.

To help in working through the elements around GDPR, a workshop on the implementation of GDPR for the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) has been organised. 

The workshop will take place on Monday 30 April 2018 in Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital from 10.30 to 15.15.

This workshop is open to all relevant staff in IEHG hospitals but is particularly aimed at service managers / clinical leads across the service. If you would like to attend, please e-mail with the subject line “GDPR Workshop” and include the name(s) of attendees.  

As numbers are limited, please book early. If you indicate that you would like to attend, and subsequently discover that you are not able to do so, please let us know such that we can offer the place to someone else.

Agenda for the Day:

10.30 -11.00  Registration (Tea & Coffee)

11.00 -11.10  Welcome & Plan for the Day (Prof. Neil O’Hare, Group CIO / UCD Chair of Health Informatics)

11.10 -11.30  What is the GDPR and what’s all the fuss about!  (Jim Gregg, Irish Computer Society)

11.30 -11.50  GDPR in Health – Is it any different and how can the HSE help? (Joe Ryan, Prog Dir - Value Improvement Prog / GDPR Implementation)

11.50 -12.10  Start with identifying the gaps and work from there (Kate Colleary, Frontier Privacy)

12.10 -12.30  A working Information Governance Structure  (Dermot Cullinan, Director of ICT, SVUH)

12.30 -12.45  Q&A / Panel Discussion

12.45 -13.30  Lunch 

13.30 -14.00  Round table discussions (What are my biggest problems?)

14.00 -14.10  GDPR – What is the legal picture looking like if we get it wrong? (TBC)

14.10 -14.20  Inventory of Information Sources Application  (Anthony Moran, SVUH)

14.20 -14.40 Practical difficulties when you start on the journey (Deirdre Hyland, IT Director, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital) (Elaine McGuinness, DPO, Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital) (Gayle Reilly,  DPO, National Maternity Hospital)

14.40 -15.00  GDPR in Research & Education  (Prof. Joe Carthy – UCD Data Protection Officer)

15.00 -15.10  Q&A

15.15  Close of Workshop (Prof. Neil O’Hare)

This workshop will hopefully help in providing guidance and direction on compliance with GDPR. If you are looking for more information on the new legislation, please visit the website of the Data Protection Commissioner (  or ) for some good resources.