Evening Top 5: Data breach at Dept of Social Protection; Rainy Day fund and NI though to next Euro 2016 round

The top stories this Tuesday on Newstalk.com

Department of Social Protection handed over woman’s personal information to her employer

The Department of Social Protection has been warned to ensure new staff are closely supervised in their work, after an employee mistakenly handed over a woman’s personal data to a third party.

The breach is one of 12 case studies highlighted in the Data Protection Commissioner’s annual report, published today.

Ireland’s privacy watchdog dealt with 2,317 valid notifications in 2015, an increase of 5.9% on the previous year.

New 'Rainy Day' fund to be used to boost the economy from 2019

The Finance Minister Michael Noonan says the Government is planning to introduce a 'Rainy Day' fund to help balance the economy when needed.

Mr Noonan says the fund will be made up of €1bn a year in contributions from 2019 onwards.

The aim of the fund will be to stimulate the economy in times of recession, and will be used in the event of "an unanticipated adverse shock to the economy".

Pay-by-weight bin charges will be optional - Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that pay-by-weight bin charges will be optional for households from January 1st.

It has been confirmed that bin charges will be frozen for at least 12 months.

But the Government will give households the option of moving to a pay-by-weight system from January onwards, if they can make savings on their charges.

Northern Ireland progress to the last 16 after Turkey beat Czech Republic

Turkey finished their European Championships campaign on a high with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic this evening.

Goals in each half from Burak Yilmaz and Ozan Tufan secured a valuable three points for the Turks and the result means that Northern Ireland progress to the last 16 of the competition as one of the best third-placed teams, with a better goal difference than Turkey.

Instagram reaches milestone, with over 500 million monthly users

Photo-sharing app Instagram says it now has more than 500 million monthly users, and more than 300 million who use it everyday.

It says its monthly user base more than doubled in size over the past two years, adding 100 million active users faster than the previous 100 million.

While more than 80% of the Instagram community is outside the United States.

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