GDPR :  general data protection

On the 26th of  May 2018, new laws regarding data protection will come into effect for all EU member states.    The General Data Protection Regulation or (GDPR) introduces some significant changes to our current data  protection rules. It will be important for Businesses of all shapes and sizes to be aware of these changes.

This simple guide will help you understand some of the most important changes to the Data protection laws.



It will now be more difficult to rely on consent as a legal basis for data processing. Consent must be ‘freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous’. Basically, your customer cannot be forced into consent, or be unaware that they are consenting to processing of their personal data. They must know exactly what they are consenting to, and there can be no doubt that they are consenting. Obtaining consent requires a positive indication of agreement – it cannot be inferred from silence, pre-ticked boxes or inactivity.The GDPR is clear that controllers must be able to demonstrate that consent was given.


Processing Children’s Data:

If your work involves the processing of data from underage subjects, you must ensure that you have adequate systems in place to verify individual ages and gather consent from guardians. The GDPR will introduce special protections for children’s data, particularly in the context of social media and commercial internet services. “Consent needs to be verifiable” which means that consent must be requested in a language they can understand.


Data Breaches:

You must make sure you have the right procedures in place to detect, report and investigate a personal data breach.

Breaches that are likely to bring harm to an individual must also be reported to the individuals concerned. For example identity theft or breach of confidentiality! Now is the time to assess the types of data you hold and document. Any breach must be reported to the data protection commissioner. This will be new to many organization but its very important to be aware of it. GDPR introduces significant increases in sanctions if there is a data breach.  At their highest, the fines can reach up to 4% of an organisation’s annual worldwide turnover or up to €20 million!



Enhanced rights for individuals such as:

·The right to access data

·The right to rectification ·

·The right to erasure (to be forgotten)

·The right to restrict processing

·The right to object to processing

·The right to data portability

These are just some of the basic changes coming with GDPR. If you want further information make sure and watch the video below by the Data Protection Commissioner or visit their website by clicking here.


Board of Directors

Get to Know the Directors

Paul Shortt – Chairman :  

Paul originally trained as an accountant with PWC and served as financial director at Norish Plc for 18 years. He formed Castlecool in 1994  and the company has since expanded to become the largest temperature controlled warehousing company in Ireland; Castlecool was sold to US company Agro Merchants Group  in 2014. Paul now provides business consultancy to various companies in the county. He is a mentor for Enterprise Ireland and the IDA, as well as director of  Castleblayney Enterprise Centre.

Claire Cunningham :

Claire is director of Aura Internet, an IT company offering web development and training which recently celebrated 20 years in business.    She is  a member of the Monaghan  IT Forum, Carrickmacross Chamber of Commerce and the Patrick Kavanagh Society.

Julie Gilhooly :

Julie is the managing director of the Nuremore Hotel and Country Club, a 4-star hotel and golf course in Carrickmacross, which has been in business since 1962. She is a graduate of Shannon College of Hotel Management. She is also a director of Monaghan Institute, and Lady President of Nuremore Golf Club.

David Johnston :

David is a qualified chartered accountant and fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland. He worked as financial controller of Smurfit Robinson Ltd and served as director and financial controller at Samuel Graham Ltd followed by Ballybay Meats Ltd, until he set up his own accountancy practice in Monaghan. Additionally, David is a director of Monaghan Credit Union Ltd.


Allen McAdam : 

Allen is an experienced rural development consultant and part-time farmer. A former national chairman of the Irish LEADER Network, he represented Ireland for several years at EU monitoring committee level. He serves on the boards of the International Fund for Ireland, Enterprise Equity and the Ulster Scots Agency, among others.

Denise McCormilla :

Denise is CEO of the National Childhood Network. She established one of the first pre-school services in Co Monaghan, which she managed for fifteen years. Denise was instrumental in establishing the Border Counties Childcare Network. In 2002 she became the first Chairperson of Monaghan County Childcare Committee. She has also worked with a number of agencies in Northern Ireland to secure EU funding for the delivery of cross border projects that enhance the delivery of pre-school and after school services in the Southern Border Counties and Northern Ireland.

Pat Moran :

Pat is a qualified cost and management accountant, with over 30 years’ experience working with companies including Greenmount & Boyne and IGM. Most recently, he served as group financial accountant for Monaghan Mushrooms.

Brian Morgan B.C.L, Solicitor : 

Brian is the Clones town representative of Enterprising Monaghan. He is a partner in the firm of Morgan McManus Solicitors, where he specialises in litigation (health and safety law), accident claims and employment law. He was founder chairman of the Clones Regeneration Partnership and is a current member of the Clones Town Team. Brian is also a director of the €8m Peace Link sports stadium.


Declan Nelson :

A native of Ravensdale, Co. Louth.  Declan studied Environmental Science in the Dublin Institute of Technology and worked for a number of years as an Environmental Health Officer in the Eastern Health Board.   He also graduated with a B. Comm from UCD and worked for a number of years as a College Lecturer in D.I.T.   His career in local government began in Louth County Council where he was appointed Housing Officer..Subsequently he was appointed County Secretary in Offaly County Council, Assistant County Manager in Galway County Council and County Manager in Monaghan County Council.   He has served as a board member and chairman of numerous boards at local and national level, and is currently a board member of the National Museum of Ireland.

Pat O’Brien :

Pat is a self-employed Publican and the Enterprising Monaghan representative for Ballybay. Pat has spent the last 30 years involved in Community Development in his local area.

Des Sheridan :

Banking and investment specialist Des worked with Ulster Bank for 40 years until his retirement in 2002. Des has been a part of the Enterprising Monaghan Board for Approximately 25 years and served as chairman for at least 10. He is a past Member of the Monaghan Rotary Club.

Padraig Watters :

Padraig is a self-employed Machinery, fuel sales and property development professional.  He resides in Muckno parish and is a board member of the Castleblayney Enterprise Centre. Padraig devotes his spare time to helping the homeless, needy and unemployed in his local community. In addition, he serves as a Peace Commissioner.

Noel McKenna : 

Noel is a chartered surveyor, chartered building engineer and architectural consultant professional with over twenty years’ experience at senior level. He set up his own practice, Noel McKenna & Associates Ltd, in 1996. He is currently head of the Department of the Built Environment at the Dundalk Institute of Technology (Dkit); the department delivers honours degree programmes in Civil Engineering, Building Surveyor and other related subject matter.

John McEntegart :

John holds an honours degree in Business Studies plus an M.B.A. He worked as financial controller for a multi-national firm, before joining the Monaghan County Enterprise Board as CEO in 1996. He is now head of enterprise with Monaghan County Council Local Enterprise Office. He has served as secretary of Enterprising Monaghan (formerly the Monaghan County Enterprise Fund) since 1998.