Websites, Cookies & Similar Technologies Privacy Statement

(Updated January 2021)

In order to utilise cookies (or any similar technologies) on a website, user consent is normally required.  Under the UK GDPR, EU GDPR, Data Protection Act (2018) consent must be a clear, affirmative act, freely given, specific, informed, and unambiguous.

However, consent is not needed where the cookie or other technology is strictly necessary to provide a service which has been explicitly requested by the user, e.g. cookies which may be needed to provide the user with a functioning website which they want to access .

Ireland’s ‘ePrivacy Regulations’ (S.I. 336/2011, which implemented the EU ‘ePrivacy Directive’) are an extra set of rules which are applicable to certain types of processing, including the use of cookies and similar technologies, and are read together with the rules found in the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK GDPR or EU GDPR.

Inspire wish to provide you with the following easily accessible, ‘clear and comprehensive’ information on the technology we are using and the purpose for which we are using it.

Restricted access sections of our websites

Certain areas of our websites require you to register before you can access the content in those areas. We will only use the information you provide to fulfil your enquiry. We will not pass your details on to any third parties (or use ourselves for any other purpose) without your permission. Registration is voluntary. However if you do not wish to register, you will be unable to access these restricted areas.

Links from our sites to third-party websites

We cannot be responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any other websites linked to our sites. If you have followed a link from one of our sites to another website you may be supplying information to a third party. 

Links to our sites from third-party websites

We cannot be responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any other websites who choose to link on their sites to any of our Inspire websites. If you are aware of our sites being linked from another in such a way that may misrepresent Inspire or mislead the public, please contact the Inspire External Affairs Department by emailing: and we will investigate.

What is a cookie? 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 to “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 advertisements, or provide other functionality such as analytics.

Further information on cookies and cookie notices can be found at the following link to the European Commission’s webpage on cookies and EU law.

Inspire and Our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites.  Our cookies help to:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you

We do NOT use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using this site:

First party cookies: these are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our site.

Third party cookies: these are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools which we are using to enhance our site.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit

How can I control what cookies are set on my device?

Within your browser you can normally choose whether you wish to accept cookies or not. Different browsers make different controls available to you and so we provide links below to popular manufacturers’ instructions on how you can do this. Generally, your browser will offer you the choice to accept, refuse or delete cookies at all times, or those from providers that website owners use (‘third party cookies’), or those from specific websites.

  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Safari Mobile
  • Opera

YouTube cookies

We embed videos from YouTube. This may set cookies on your computer, particularly if you are logged into a Google or YouTube account. To find out more, please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page.