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    Fresh probe launched into how Facebook stored millions of user passwords


    IRELAND'S data privacy watchdog has opened a new investigation into Facebook. The probe will aim to uncover how millions of passwords were stored in insecure "plain text" format by the tech...

    IRELAND'S data privacy watchdog has opened a new investigation into Facebook. The probe will aim to uncover how millions of passwords were stored in insecure "plain text" format by the tech giant.
    Students face prison for being criminal 'money mules': top garda

    Students face prison for being criminal 'money mules': top garda


    Hundreds of students are staring at the prospect of jail time for letting fraudsters use their bank accounts, a leading anti-fraud garda has...

    Hundreds of students are staring at the prospect of jail time for letting fraudsters use their bank accounts, a leading anti-fraud garda has warned.

    China's Huawei to win role in UK's 5G network rollout


    The UK will allow Huawei a restricted role in building parts of its 5G network, seeking a middle way in a bitter dispute between the US and China over the next generation of communications...

    The UK will allow Huawei a restricted role in building parts of its 5G network, seeking a middle way in a bitter dispute between the US and China over the next generation of communications technology.
    How email scammers are siphoning millions away from Irish firms

    How email scammers are siphoning millions away from Irish firms


    What have Trinity College, Dublin Zoo, and the Louth and Meath Education and Training Board got in common? Sadly, they've all been conned out of large amounts of money by clever forms of email...

    What have Trinity College, Dublin Zoo, and the Louth and Meath Education and Training Board got in common? Sadly, they've all been conned out of large amounts of money by clever forms of email fraud.

    Google-linked firm gets US go-ahead for drone deliveries


    A Google-affiliated company has become the first in the US to be given a government licence for drone...

    A Google-affiliated company has become the first in the US to be given a government licence for drone deliveries.
    Samsung won't Fold on €2,000 phone that's on the blink

    Samsung won't Fold on €2,000 phone that's on the blink


    Samsung has indefinitely delayed the release of its troubled new folding phone as it looks for a technical fix to the misfiring...

    Samsung has indefinitely delayed the release of its troubled new folding phone as it looks for a technical fix to the misfiring screen.
    Twitter up on increase in users and revenue

    Twitter up on increase in users and revenue


    Twitter shares jumped the most in almost six months after it topped first-quarter sales projections and reported strong user growth, bolstered by changes that are drawing a wider audience of consumers and...

    Twitter shares jumped the most in almost six months after it topped first-quarter sales projections and reported strong user growth, bolstered by changes that are drawing a wider audience of consumers and advertisers.
    Samsung retrieving all Galaxy Fold samples after defect reports - source

    Samsung retrieving all Galaxy Fold samples after defect reports - source


    Samsung is retrieving all Galaxy Fold samples distributed to reviewers to investigate reports of broken screens, a day after it postponed the phone's launch, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on...

    Samsung is retrieving all Galaxy Fold samples distributed to reviewers to investigate reports of broken screens, a day after it postponed the phone's launch, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.
    Huawei unveils 5G module for car industry

    Huawei unveils 5G module for car industry


    China's Huawei has launched what it says is the world's first 5G communications hardware for the automotive industry, in a sign of its growing ambitions to become a key supplier to the sector for self-driving...

    China's Huawei has launched what it says is the world's first 5G communications hardware for the automotive industry, in a sign of its growing ambitions to become a key supplier to the sector for self-driving technology.

    Adrian Weckler: 'Why 5G isn't broadband answer'


    'What I don't understand is the need for all this expensive fibre," my mother said to me at dinner last week. "In Beara, we got fed up of having no broadband. So a local guy set a service up. It works fine from a box on the roof and costs us €30 per...

    'What I don't understand is the need for all this expensive fibre," my mother said to me at dinner last week. "In Beara, we got fed up of having no broadband. So a local guy set a service up. It works fine from a box on the roof and costs us €30 per month. I can work from home. Why can't we just have more of those around the country?"

    Intel abandons bid for stake in mobile market


    Intel, whose products dominate the world of computing, said it's going to wind down a multibillion-dollar, multidecade effort to grab a viable stake of the mobile phone...

    Intel, whose products dominate the world of computing, said it's going to wind down a multibillion-dollar, multidecade effort to grab a viable stake of the mobile phone industry.
    Firms urge EU to ditch plans to endorse wifi for automated cars

    Firms urge EU to ditch plans to endorse wifi for automated cars


    Qualcomm, BMW, and Deutsche Telekom are facing off against car-makers including Volkswagen and Volvo over how cars talk to each...

    Qualcomm, BMW, and Deutsche Telekom are facing off against car-makers including Volkswagen and Volvo over how cars talk to each other.

    Apple truce paves way for 5G iPhone


    Apple has put its flagship product, the iPhone, ahead of distaste for the way Qualcomm does business in settling a bitter, two-year legal dispute with the...

    Apple has put its flagship product, the iPhone, ahead of distaste for the way Qualcomm does business in settling a bitter, two-year legal dispute with the chipmaker.

    Startup diary: 'Investing in customer success is crucial in securing your own'


    One the most important business functions in a Software-as-a-Service startup is 'customer success'. In Voxgig, we plan to start building this team in the second half of the year. Right now, we have live customers in our private trial that also need...

    One the most important business functions in a Software-as-a-Service startup is 'customer success'. In Voxgig, we plan to start building this team in the second half of the year. Right now, we have live customers in our private trial that also need support, and we have no customer success function. How are we managing?

    How one Donegal island is taking control of its broadband future


    "This is the first year on the island where we won't have any first communions." Jerry Early is one of 450 residents of Donegal's Arranmore Island. His family has owned a pub there for decades. But he's worried about the island's...

    "This is the first year on the island where we won't have any first communions." Jerry Early is one of 450 residents of Donegal's Arranmore Island. His family has owned a pub there for decades. But he's worried about the island's future.
    Stripe snaps up Dublin payments firm Touchtech to continue growth

    Stripe snaps up Dublin payments firm Touchtech to continue growth


    The payments firm Stripe has acquired a Dublin-based payments tech firm called Touchtech, founded by Shekinah Adewumi and Joseph...

    The payments firm Stripe has acquired a Dublin-based payments tech firm called Touchtech, founded by Shekinah Adewumi and Joseph Kuye.

    Tech giants face copyright bill as EU states back crackdown


    Google will have to pay publishers for use of news snippets and Facebook must filter out protected content under new EU copyright rules aimed at ensuring fair compensation for creative...

    Google will have to pay publishers for use of news snippets and Facebook must filter out protected content under new EU copyright rules aimed at ensuring fair compensation for creative industries.
    'A betrayal' - rural Ireland left to wait yet again for broadband

    'A betrayal' - rural Ireland left to wait yet again for broadband


    Fears over how to justify the spiralling cost of bringing high-speed internet to the most remote parts of the country have seen the Government stall on a decision yet...

    Fears over how to justify the spiralling cost of bringing high-speed internet to the most remote parts of the country have seen the Government stall on a decision yet again.
    Microsoft warns Outlook users to change passwords after hackers gained access

    Microsoft warns Outlook users to change passwords after hackers gained access


    Microsoft says that its email service Outlook.com has suffered a security breach with some users’ addresses, folder names and subject lines visible to a...

    Microsoft says that its email service Outlook.com has suffered a security breach with some users’ addresses, folder names and subject lines visible to a hacker.

    Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp down worldwide


    Facebook Inc's social networking site, photo-sharing social network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp were inaccessible to some users on Sunday, downdetector.com, which monitors outages,...

    Facebook Inc's social networking site, photo-sharing social network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp were inaccessible to some users on Sunday, downdetector.com, which monitors outages, showed.

    Ask Adrian: Our technology editor tackles your trickiest tech problems


    Question: I have a contract problem with my mobile operator. I can't get any mobile coverage where I live but my operator (Vodafone) won't let me out of my contract. I don't have a subsidised phone from them so I don't understand what the problem is....

    Question: I have a contract problem with my mobile operator. I can't get any mobile coverage where I live but my operator (Vodafone) won't let me out of my contract. I don't have a subsidised phone from them so I don't understand what the problem is. It's complicated by the fact that my family and I have just moved home. The new house, which we built ourselves, is in a black spot in West Cork with no mobile coverage from Vodafone outside the house. There is a decent mobile signal from a rival operator. Am I really stuck? What can I do?

    The Big Tech Show: Yes, Amazon is listening in on us


    So now we know: Amazon is listening to our conversations. Some of its staff are told to listen in to what we tell the Amazon Echo to...

    So now we know: Amazon is listening to our conversations. Some of its staff are told to listen in to what we tell the Amazon Echo to do.

    Amazon admits its staff hear Echo chat


    Amazon has admitted its staff listen to some recorded requests on Echo smart speakers in people's...

    Amazon has admitted its staff listen to some recorded requests on Echo smart speakers in people's homes.

    Amazon tech chief dispels cloud fears


    The chief technology officer of Amazon Web Services says that encryption offers a way around European objections to sensitive data being hosted by US...

    The chief technology officer of Amazon Web Services says that encryption offers a way around European objections to sensitive data being hosted by US companies.

    Startup Diary: 'Startup weekends can be just the break your firm needs'


    I was very privileged to participate as a mentor in the Startup Weekend event that took place in Waterford this weekend past (Google will find the details for you easily enough). I was pretty jealous of the participants, I can tell...

    I was very privileged to participate as a mentor in the Startup Weekend event that took place in Waterford this weekend past (Google will find the details for you easily enough). I was pretty jealous of the participants, I can tell you.

    Tech review: Panasonic Lumix G90


    As phones advance in camera technology, standalone dedicated cameras are becoming the preserve of advanced users or...

    As phones advance in camera technology, standalone dedicated cameras are becoming the preserve of advanced users or professionals.

    Cause and effect: GoFundMe aims to set fundraising bar higher


    A cursory scroll through a typical Irish Facebook feed reveals a few things. There's a birthday reminder, a 'friendship anniversary' notice, a funny animal picture and a holiday or family photo that someone's posted. But increasingly, there's also a...

    A cursory scroll through a typical Irish Facebook feed reveals a few things. There's a birthday reminder, a 'friendship anniversary' notice, a funny animal picture and a holiday or family photo that someone's posted. But increasingly, there's also a financial appeal for something: someone who needs an operation, a political campaign, even help with funeral costs.

    UK to make tech bosses culpable for online content


    The UK will today push ahead with a dramatically tougher regime to force online platforms to take greater responsibility for content found to encourage terrorism and child sexual exploitation and...

    The UK will today push ahead with a dramatically tougher regime to force online platforms to take greater responsibility for content found to encourage terrorism and child sexual exploitation and abuse.

    Miriam fights fake Facebook ads


    Last week, TV presenter Miriam O'Callaghan struck a blow against fake ads on Facebook. A High Court order was obtained compelling Facebook to reveal details to her that might help identify the person who placed a number of ads for skin cream on Facebook...

    Last week, TV presenter Miriam O'Callaghan struck a blow against fake ads on Facebook. A High Court order was obtained compelling Facebook to reveal details to her that might help identify the person who placed a number of ads for skin cream on Facebook last year, using her likeness for endorsement purposes.

    Video-game giants under fire from Europe as UK targets Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox


    The European Commission has accused Valve Inc, the owner of gaming platform Steam, and five other video-game publishers of breaking competition rules, while the UK began a probe into the automatic renewal of online gaming deals from Nintendo and Sony's...

    The European Commission has accused Valve Inc, the owner of gaming platform Steam, and five other video-game publishers of breaking competition rules, while the UK began a probe into the automatic renewal of online gaming deals from Nintendo and Sony's PlayStation.

    Ask Adrian: Our technology editor tackles your trickiest tech problems


    Question: My iPhone 7's battery has gotten really poor lately. By lunchtime, it's usually down at 30pc and I'm not using it for anything more than I used to. I'm wondering whether I should upgrade to a new phone? My son told me that I can change the...

    Question: My iPhone 7's battery has gotten really poor lately. By lunchtime, it's usually down at 30pc and I'm not using it for anything more than I used to. I'm wondering whether I should upgrade to a new phone? My son told me that I can change the battery, but is that worth it?

    The Big Tech Show: Zuck comes to Dublin


    This week, we split the podcast into two segments: an interview with GoFundMe chief executive Rob Solomon and an audience with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on his visit to...

    This week, we split the podcast into two segments: an interview with GoFundMe chief executive Rob Solomon and an audience with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on his visit to Dublin.
    Beware the plague of hidden cameras

    Beware the plague of hidden cameras


    We would never accept a video camera in our hotel room. We shouldn't in an Airbnb...

    We would never accept a video camera in our hotel room. We shouldn't in an Airbnb either.

    Zuckerberg adds Irish politicians to his WhatsApp group chat


    This week, Mark Zuckerberg came calling to Dublin. He met politicians, missed the main privacy regulator and found time to take a pop at...

    This week, Mark Zuckerberg came calling to Dublin. He met politicians, missed the main privacy regulator and found time to take a pop at Apple.
    Relief for Border customers as roaming charges are ruled out

    Relief for Border customers as roaming charges are ruled out


    Mobile operators in Ireland say there will be no return to roaming charges for people travelling to the UK after...

    Mobile operators in Ireland say there will be no return to roaming charges for people travelling to the UK after Brexit.

    Tech review: Huawei P30 Pro


    Let's just call it what it is: the ultimate...

    Let's just call it what it is: the ultimate cameraphone.

    Facebook and Twitter sucked into India-Pakistan information war


    Pakistani social media campaigner Hanzala Tayyab leads about 300 ultra-nationalist cyber warriors fighting an internet war with arch-foe India, in a battle that is increasingly sucking in global tech giants such as Twitter and...

    Pakistani social media campaigner Hanzala Tayyab leads about 300 ultra-nationalist cyber warriors fighting an internet war with arch-foe India, in a battle that is increasingly sucking in global tech giants such as Twitter and Facebook.

    Facebook's Zuckerberg to meet TDs in Dublin to discuss fake news


    Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is to meet a number of Irish officials and politicians in Dublin...

    Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is to meet a number of Irish officials and politicians in Dublin tomorrow.
    Irish eHealth firms well placed to thrive

    Irish eHealth firms well placed to thrive


    In the latest iteration in digital wearables, much was made of the Apple Watch's fall monitor and ECG functionality, with the technology-grabbing...

    In the latest iteration in digital wearables, much was made of the Apple Watch's fall monitor and ECG functionality, with the technology-grabbing headlines.

    Adrian Weckler: 'Can Apple make good movies?'


    Why is Apple about to start making movies and TV shows? Can it really compete as a Hollywood studio against Disney, HBO and Netflix? Not to mention the BBC and...

    Why is Apple about to start making movies and TV shows? Can it really compete as a Hollywood studio against Disney, HBO and Netflix? Not to mention the BBC and RTE?

    Mark Zuckerberg: 'Yes, we need regulation - but we can’t do it on our own'


    TECHNOLOGY is a major part of our lives, and companies like Facebook have immense responsibilities. Every day we make decisions about what speech is harmful, what constitutes political advertising and how to prevent sophisticated...

    TECHNOLOGY is a major part of our lives, and companies like Facebook have immense responsibilities. Every day we make decisions about what speech is harmful, what constitutes political advertising and how to prevent sophisticated cyber-attacks.

    Ask Adrian: Our technology editor tackles your trickiest tech problems


    Question : I live five miles outside a town that has good broadband but I can't get it at my house. I keep reading about various broadband schemes that will cover my area but nothing has happened. My nephew told me that I should try a mobile broadband...

    Question : I live five miles outside a town that has good broadband but I can't get it at my house. I keep reading about various broadband schemes that will cover my area but nothing has happened. My nephew told me that I should try a mobile broadband service. But will that be as good as normal broadband? I watch Netflix and browse the internet and use Facebook. Who has the best service?
    National broadband rollout would cost 'multiples of €500m'

    National broadband rollout would cost 'multiples of €500m'


    The top civil servant associated with the National Broadband Plan has confirmed the rural scheme would cost "multiples" of an initial €500m...

    The top civil servant associated with the National Broadband Plan has confirmed the rural scheme would cost "multiples" of an initial €500m estimate.

    Original €500m rural broadband rollout cost based on scheme 'not fit for purpose'


    Initial estimates of €500m for the rural rollout of the government’s National Broadband Plan were abandoned because they were based on a scheme that was “not fit for purpose”, says one of the government’s top civil...

    Initial estimates of €500m for the rural rollout of the government’s National Broadband Plan were abandoned because they were based on a scheme that was “not fit for purpose”, says one of the government’s top civil servants.

    'Smartphone...perhaps we should've said smart camera' - Huawei boss on new P30 handsets


    The president of Huawei's handset arm, speaking at this week's P30 Series launch, made no mention of the latest recommendation by the European Commission on tackling cybersecurity risks in next-generation 5G...

    The president of Huawei's handset arm, speaking at this week's P30 Series launch, made no mention of the latest recommendation by the European Commission on tackling cybersecurity risks in next-generation 5G networks.
    Only half of us can get a 4G signal - ComReg

    Only half of us can get a 4G signal - ComReg


    Only half of Irish mobile phone users can get a 4G signal, the telecoms watchdog ComReg...

    Only half of Irish mobile phone users can get a 4G signal, the telecoms watchdog ComReg says.

    Startup diary: When to run and get value from an event as you focus on marketing


    We're are the start of a growth phase, and thinking about the qualities we'll need for the C-level executives in the company. We'll bring in these experienced executives over the next two years. People who have been through high-velocity growth phase...

    We're are the start of a growth phase, and thinking about the qualities we'll need for the C-level executives in the company. We'll bring in these experienced executives over the next two years. People who have been through high-velocity growth phase before, and can guide us through this one.
    Paradyn secures €1.2m cloud connectivity deal with BT Ireland

    Paradyn secures €1.2m cloud connectivity deal with BT Ireland


    Paradyn has secured a €1.2m cloud connectivity deal with BT Ireland, enabling the firm to provide a more resilient service with increased bandwidth up to...

    Paradyn has secured a €1.2m cloud connectivity deal with BT Ireland, enabling the firm to provide a more resilient service with increased bandwidth up to 10Gbps.
    5G operators won't have to provide rural coverage

    5G operators won't have to provide rural coverage


    Ireland's telecoms regulator is unlikely to require Irish operators to have coverage in rural areas for 5G mobile licences, it has...

    Ireland's telecoms regulator is unlikely to require Irish operators to have coverage in rural areas for 5G mobile licences, it has emerged.

    Apple takes on Netflix with streaming movie service


    Apple has unveiled a new credit card and a movie streaming service as it seeks to become a major player in the financial and television...

    Apple has unveiled a new credit card and a movie streaming service as it seeks to become a major player in the financial and television industries.

    Ask Adrian: Our technology editor tackles your trickiest tech problems


    Question: I'm taking the family to Florida this Easter. But the kids use their phones for Wi-Fi non-stop and are already asking questions. I know you can use your phone no problem in the EU, but what's the best way of getting Wi-Fi in America? I've...

    Question: I'm taking the family to Florida this Easter. But the kids use their phones for Wi-Fi non-stop and are already asking questions. I know you can use your phone no problem in the EU, but what's the best way of getting Wi-Fi in America? I've looked it up and some of the services seem to cost a fortune.

    Elon Musk's lawyers call tweet in US SEC's contempt bid 'not material'


    Elon Musk's lawyers said that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) failed to satisfy its heavy burden of showing that the Tesla chief executive should be held in...

    Elon Musk's lawyers said that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) failed to satisfy its heavy burden of showing that the Tesla chief executive should be held in contempt.

    The Big Tech Show: Should we break Google and Facebook up?


    This week’s €1.5bn EU fine against Google for shutting rivals out of its online ad system begs the question: is Google too big? Should it be broken up? And if so, what about Facebook and...

    This week’s €1.5bn EU fine against Google for shutting rivals out of its online ad system begs the question: is Google too big? Should it be broken up? And if so, what about Facebook and Amazon?

    Three Ireland yet to pick 5G supplier as rivals build


    The country's second-largest mobile operator has announced an 18pc increase in earnings before interest, tax and depreciation for 2018 but a 2pc fall in revenue over the same...

    The country's second-largest mobile operator has announced an 18pc increase in earnings before interest, tax and depreciation for 2018 but a 2pc fall in revenue over the same period.

    Revenues at Amazon unit soar to €1.6bn


    Pre-tax profits at the main Irish arm of online giant Amazon increased by 30.5pc to €39.46m last year as revenues...

    Pre-tax profits at the main Irish arm of online giant Amazon increased by 30.5pc to €39.46m last year as revenues soared.

    Google to boost Android phone browser options


    As it was hit with the latest fine, Google was set to give Android phone users in Europe a choice of alternative browser and search apps, seeking to close out almost a decade of EU antitrust...

    As it was hit with the latest fine, Google was set to give Android phone users in Europe a choice of alternative browser and search apps, seeking to close out almost a decade of EU antitrust investigations.

    Tech review


    Sony's new mid-range phone is interesting and distinctive, although not necessarily for the reasons Sony is...

    Sony's new mid-range phone is interesting and distinctive, although not necessarily for the reasons Sony is marketing.

    Apple unveils new iPads and AirPods


    Apple has launched upgrades to its AirPods, iPads and iMacs ahead of an expected video service announcement next...

    Apple has launched upgrades to its AirPods, iPads and iMacs ahead of an expected video service announcement next week.

    Facebook to change 'harmful' ad platform after complaints


    Facebook has agreed to change its paid advertising platform as part of a wide-ranging settlement to prevent discriminatory and "harmful" practices, the company and US civil rights groups have...

    Facebook has agreed to change its paid advertising platform as part of a wide-ranging settlement to prevent discriminatory and "harmful" practices, the company and US civil rights groups have said.
    Toyota and Suzuki drive new electric vehicle partnership

    Toyota and Suzuki drive new electric vehicle partnership


    Carmakers Toyota and Suzuki yesterday said they plan to produce electric vehicles (EVs) and compact cars for each other to better compete with fast-changing technologies in the global car...

    Carmakers Toyota and Suzuki yesterday said they plan to produce electric vehicles (EVs) and compact cars for each other to better compete with fast-changing technologies in the global car industry.

    Latest penalty takes EU's Google fines tally to more than €8bn


    Google has promised to further change its online ad system after being hit with a €1.5bn fine from the European...

    Google has promised to further change its online ad system after being hit with a €1.5bn fine from the European Commission.

    Cyberattack highlights vulnerability of global supply chains


    The ransomware attack crippling one of the world's top aluminium makers is exposing how crucial sophisticated digital systems have become in the centuries-old industry of turning mined rock into metal...

    The ransomware attack crippling one of the world's top aluminium makers is exposing how crucial sophisticated digital systems have become in the centuries-old industry of turning mined rock into metal products.
    No Google gaming for homes with bad internet

    No Google gaming for homes with bad internet


    Google's new online Stadia service will skip 500,000 rural Irish households as a lack of broadband begins to...

    Google's new online Stadia service will skip 500,000 rural Irish households as a lack of broadband begins to bite.

    First day as CTO at growth-stage startup not all you think


    Voxgig is preparing for growth. By the summer we'll be in full public release, onboarding lots of new users and customers. As things progress, we'll move onto the next round of funding, and filling out the 'C-Level' team. That means we'll be bringing...

    Voxgig is preparing for growth. By the summer we'll be in full public release, onboarding lots of new users and customers. As things progress, we'll move onto the next round of funding, and filling out the 'C-Level' team. That means we'll be bringing experienced people into the company to build out teams and structures. In the last two articles, I wrote about our need for a CTO. In this article I'll continue that discussion - in later articles in this series I'll talk about the other roles we need to hire. Some of them will only come into place much later, but it's good to think ahead. As ever, next year you'll be able to look back and have a good chuckle at my mistakes and wrong-headedness. Of course, so will I - and that's the reason I write this startup diary.
    Apple launches new AirPods with sales expected to top 50m this year

    Apple launches new AirPods with sales expected to top 50m this year


    Apple has launched an upgraded set of AirPods, the in-ear wireless headphones expected to dominate global headphone sales this...

    Apple has launched an upgraded set of AirPods, the in-ear wireless headphones expected to dominate global headphone sales this year.
    Boost for 5G as Vodafone grows Docklands trial

    Boost for 5G as Vodafone grows Docklands trial


    The country's biggest mobile operator, Vodafone, is extending its 5G trial coverage in Dublin's...

    The country's biggest mobile operator, Vodafone, is extending its 5G trial coverage in Dublin's Docklands.