The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland.

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Privacy and Data Protection

Welcome to the Academy’s data protection, privacy and data retention pages.

The Royal Irish Academy operates in compliance with the Data Protection Acts, GDPR and the Privacy & Electronic Communications Directive 2002/58 EC (to be updated by the forthcoming ePrivacy Regulation) in relation to the collection, use and retention of personal data.  The Royal Irish Academy is the Data Controller of most of the personal data we process.  In a few specific instances we are the Data Processors of personal data. 

  • Our latest Data Protection Policy which will be subject to constant review to ensure currency is available here
  • Our transparency notice for members of the public in relation to photographing and filming is available here
  • Data Protection Terms is available here
  • Our Web Privacy Statement is here
  • Our Cookie Policy is available here
  • Our Ecommerce and Website data privacy statement is available here
  • Our Notice and Take Down Procedure is available here
  • Our Data Protection: Personal Data Breach Policy and Procedures for addressing data breaches is available here
  • Our CCTV Policy is here

Data Protection & Data Retention Statements from Academy departments:

For information on how various sections and Academy projects handle data (personal and otherwise) and accompanying data retention cycles please check out the following links

Grants and Awards


Check out how we use third-party distribution services

For further information or to make a Subject Access Request or a complaint, please contact the Data Protection Officer, or write:

Wayne Aherne, Data Protection Officer, Royal Irish Academy, 19, Dawson Street, Dublin D02 HH58, Ireland.

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner may be contacted at Canal House, Station Road, Portarlington, Co. Laois R32 AP23


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