Cookie Policy


Last Updated: September 2023



About this Cookie Policy

Below you will find the Cookie Policy pertaining to some of our sites and services available in the Republic of Ireland (Mediahuis Ireland) and Northern Ireland (Mediahuis UK). Mediahuis Ireland and Mediahuis UK form part of the bigger Mediahuis Group.

When visiting a Mediahuis Ireland or Mediahuis UK (hereinafter “Mediahuis”) site or using one of our services, you are trusting us with your information. We know that this is a big responsibility, and we work hard to protect your information and put you in control.

As Ireland’s largest media company, Mediahuis reaches millions of people each week across print and online. Mediahuis is a group of companies that has several online sites and services in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (UK). In Ireland, such online sites and services are:

This Cookie Policy applies to:

List of our Regional Titles:

    • The Argus
    • Bray People
    • The Corkman
    • Drogheda Independent
    • Enniscorthy Guardian
    • Gorey Guardian
    • The Kerryman
    • New Ross Standard
    • The Sligo Champion
    • Wexford People
    • Wicklow People

This Cookie Policy applies to the following Mediahuis sites and services in Northern Ireland (UK):

Other sites in the Mediahuis (Ireland/UK) have their own Policies and Terms located on their sites:

This Cookie Policy explains what cookies and trackers are and how we use them. You should read this policy so you can understand what type of cookies and trackers that we use, the information we collect using cookies and how that information is used. You can also manage your settings for these cookies and trackers. For further information on how we use, store, and keep your personal data secure, see our Privacy Policy.

Mediahuis uses cookies and trackers to help us remember details of your visits to our websites and our apps. This includes, but not limited to technical information about your visit e.g., traffic data, location data, browser language, your IP address, the previous website from which you reached us and the type of browser you use. Accordingly, our Privacy Statement will apply to our treatment of the information we obtain via our cookies and trackers.

Please use the tools on this page to control how your data is processed on this website and around the web.

What are cookies and trackers?

A cookie is a small data file that is transferred to your device (e.g. your phone or your computer) which collects information, potentially including personal information about you. Trackers are the common name for a group of tools which do the same thing for sites and apps.

They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of websites. For example, a cookie could allow the Site to recognise your browser/login details, while another could store your preferences and other information and let you navigate the Site effectively. Cookies can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.

Statistical and analytical information from cookies and trackers provides us with general information about the number of people who visit this Site; the number of people who return to this Site; the pages that they visit; where they were immediately before they came to this Site and the page in the Site at which they exited. This information helps us monitor traffic on our Site so that we can manage the Site’s capacity and efficiency. It also helps us to understand which parts of this Site are most popular, and generally to assess user behaviour and characteristics to measure interest in and use of the various areas of the Site.

We may partner with or receive services from third parties which you can visit from our Site. We may also embed external content and features from such third parties within our Site (e.g. social media networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter). We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Site.

In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy statements and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our Site, is subject to that website’s own terms and policies.

Changes to our Cookie Policy:

We can change this Cookie Policy at any time. If we make material changes to this Cookie Policy, we will let you know either by posting the changed Cookie Policy on the Site or by sending you an email.

It is important that you review the changed Cookie Policy. If you do not wish to agree to the changed Cookies Policy, then we cannot continue to provide the Site to you, and your only option is to stop accessing the Site.

Types of Cookies:

We may place our cookies and trackers on your device via our website and apps. Our Privacy Statement will apply to how we treat the information we collect through these tools. The following are the main types of cookies used on the Site, links to their privacy statements and tools for controlling them where appropriate.

Essential Cookies

These cookies are necessary for our Sites to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in, filling in forms or serving contextual ads. The types of essential cookies used are:

  • GDPR Consent: A simple cookie to track whether you have reviewed and consented to the latest version of our privacy policies.
  • Google reCAPTCHA: helps protect websites from spam and abuse.

Cookies and Trackers used:

  • Mediahuis GDPR Consent Cookie: Cookie expires one year after your last interaction with the site.
  • Registration cookies: When you register with our Site, we generate cookies that signal whether you are signed in or not. We use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with, and if you are allowed access to a particular service. It also allows us to associate any comments you post with your username. While you are signed into this Site, we combine information from your registration cookies with analytics cookies, which we could use to identify which pages you have seen on our Site.


Cookies and Trackers used:

Gigya Socialise: These cookies are expired after a year or when the user logs out. Gigya Privacy Policy is available here

To update your marketing and other registration preferences, please log in to your Irish Independent- account and use the My Account page. If you do not have an Mediahuis account:

  • Please use the unsubscribe link within any email that you receive from us.
  • If you receive a phone marketing call, please ask the caller to amend your marketing preferences.

Subscription Cookies

International Micro Payment Ventures Ltd, operating under the trademark Flip-Pay, provide Digital Edition subscription, payment, identity management and analytics services to us, for the purpose of content monetisation (i.e., e-paper subscriptions).

The personal data it collects is to provide a seamless but secure purchasing environment. This data is not sold to third parties and Flip-Pay maintains the highest standards of security.

The use of cookies is minimal and is only used for session management. FlipPay uses Stripe to process credit card information. This data is not shared or accessible to third parties and is encrypted.

Cookies used are:

  • FlipPay: These cookies are expired when the session is completed. The FlipPay Privacy Policy is available here

Site Functionality Cookies

We use Google Tag manager cookies to enable functionality that helps us provide the core website and services

Cookies used are:

  • Google Tag ManagerThese Cookies are expired when the session is completed. The Google Privacy Policy is available here

Analytics Cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site.

Every time a user visits our Site, web analytics software provided by a third party generates an anonymous analytics cookie.

These cookies can tell us whether you have visited the Site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you do not, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the Site. Unless you are signed into our Site, these cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; they are used for statistical purposes only. If you are logged in, we will also know the details you gave to us for this, such as username and email address. This allows us to better tailor our site for our registered users. We use inhouse and third-party analytics cookies (GLiTR), our Inhouse tracker tracks digital reading behaviour

These analytics tools run on most sites across the web. If you wish to opt out of analytics tracking, you must do so on these 3rd party sites or by changing your browser settings. Click on a link below to see the privacy policy and manage your consent across the web for each cookie type:

These cookies typically persist for between one and three years to allow bulk comparisons of traffic from year to year.

Behavioural Advertising Cookies

We facilitate third parties to serve advertisements through our Site. Advertisers try to make these ads relevant to you by tracking the topics you are interested in and other ads that you like to engage with across the web.

Third Parties: These advertising cookies may be set through our site and other sites you visit around the web by third-party advertisers.

They may be used by those third parties to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts here and on other sites across the web. These profiles are based on identifying your IP address, browser or internet device.

Mediahuis: We also create anonymous audience segments based on interactions with our Site and apps which can be tied back to a single cookie or device ID. We use cookie technologies provided by Google Ad Manager 360 (GAM) and Piano/Cxense Data Management Platform (DMP) to assist us in creating these audience segments. We have no possibility of linking any anonymous user of our Site who may be classified into an audience segment to an individual identifiable person.

Cookies and Trackers used:

Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB): Most third-party advertisers participate in the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Transparency and Consent Framework, which means that you can, in one place, manage your privacy settings around behavioural advertising. We use the Didomi Consent Management Platform, an industry standard, IAB approved systems to allow you to manage your own IAB settings.

The expiry date for the IAB Advertising Framework Cookie is 6 months.

GAM 360: Google Ad Manager 360 (GAM) for Publishers is our primary ad serving partner and Google provides its own mechanism for controlling how ads are personalised to you.

Google anonymize IP addresses in logs by removing part of the address after 9 months. After 18 months, they further anonymize log data by anonymizing or deleting cookie or advertising ID information in both logs and ad serving databases.

User data tied to cookies and advertising IDs is also used to detect and prevent ad fraud and ensure that users do not see ads that they have blocked in the past. In these cases, or in cases where Google stores this data on behalf of its customers (e.g., in Google Analytics), data may be stored for periods longer than those specified above.

Social Media Cookies

We enable these third-party cookies on our site to facilitate social sharing of our content.

Click on a link below to manage your privacy around the web with these social media providers:

The expiry date for Twitter cookies is 30 days and 90 days for Facebook cookies.

Change cookie settings in your browser:

In addition, most web browsers allow some control of cookies through the browser settings. Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.

Limit tracking in mobile apps:

We provide push notifications as a service that you can opt into. You must choose to opt in before you receive these notifications. No personal information is recorded as part of these services which are delivered to you by either Apple or Google themselves. To opt out of push notifications, please turn off notifications in the relevant app or through your phones system settings.

To opt out of targeted ads in apps on your mobile device, follow the instructions below.


Find Google Settings in one of these places (depending on your device):

  • Go to Settings
  • Select Google in the Accounts section
  • Select Ads in the Privacy section
  • Tick Opt-out of interest-based ads

Visit the Google support page for more information.


  • Go to Settings > Privacy > Advertising.
  • Turn on Limit Ad Tracking.
  • To opt out of push notifications, please turn off notifications in the relevant app.

Visit the Apple support page for more information.