Introduction


Thank you for visiting IrelandTogether.


IrelandTogether is a not-for-profit organization operated by the founding members as outlined on our website (herein referred to as The Operators).   Please read these Terms of Use very carefully as these Terms of Use, including any future modifications, govern your use of IrelandTogether and constitute a legal contract between you and IrelandTogether.


IrelandTogether is a platform to create and participate in discussions, using text, links, profiles, audio, pictures, videos and other media (hereinafter referred to as “Material”) appropriately.

By registering with IrelandTogether or using or browsing IrelandTogether, whether it is via our website, https://www.IrelandTogether.ie/, our mobile applications, email or any other platform, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by these Terms of Use. If you do not agree you may not use IrelandTogether and should close your account (see below).

  1. Privacy


Your privacy is very important to us. Please read our Privacy Policy to see how we collect, use and protect your personal information. We recommend that you read this before you use or register with IrelandTogether.


2. Changes to these Terms of Use


We reserve the right to change, modify, add to, or delete portions of these Terms of Use at any time. When we do so we will notify you of such changes by a site-wide announcement. Your continued use of IrelandTogether will constitute your binding acceptance of the change.


3. Information Society Service Provider


You agree and acknowledge that IrelandTogether is an information society service provider, as defined in Directive 2000/31/EC and transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Directive 2000/31/EC) Regulations, 2003 (S.I. 68 of 2003), and that it is not under any obligation to monitor the information which it transmits or stores. You agree and acknowledge that IrelandTogether shall not be liable in respect of information which is hosted or cached by us or in respect of which we act as a mere conduit.

 

Your use of IrelandTogether


Who can join IrelandTogether?

 

4.1 Persons 18 years and older


Anyone aged 18 years or older can register as a user of IrelandTogether.


4.2 Representing a company or other entity


If you are using IrelandTogether as a representative of a company or other entity (including, but not limited to Charity or Volunteer organisations, Student’s Unions, Trade Unions, Academic Institutions, Chambers of Commerce, Departments of Government) you represent that you have the authority to enter into these Terms of Use on behalf of that company or entity, and agree that the terms “you” and “your” in this agreement refers to your company or other entity. You may not post on IrelandTogether other than in your individual capacity unless you have permission from IrelandTogether.

4.3 Exceptions


You must not use IrelandTogether if:

  • You have any ill intent toward the community
  • You are joining solely to seek to engage in market research
  • You are joining solely to look for support for your, or another person’s participation in any competition or publicly voted event
  • You intend to breach any other of the terms and conditions listed below5.What you agree to when joining IrelandTogether


5.  IrelandTogether is made available for your personal, non-commercial use only, except where otherwise authorised by the Operator.


It is your responsibility, bearing in mind the global nature of the Internet, to comply with all applicable laws which may apply to your use of IrelandTogether and to the material you post, including but not limited to those regarding acceptable content and online conduct. You agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the country in which you reside.


Failure to comply with all applicable laws or these Terms of Use may result in deletion of posts, suspension of posting privileges, and/or complete banning.


IrelandTogether is committed to providing an open forum for discussion and debate. Please note that you are liable for the content of any Material you post on IrelandTogether. The Operator accepts no liability of any nature whatsoever for any Material posted on IrelandTogether by users. Any views or comments expressed in user posts are not necessarily the views of the Operator, any entity associated with it or any of its employees or agents. The Operator requires that you read these Terms of Use and our separate IrelandTogether Guidelines (https://www.IrelandTogether/faq) before posting any Material on IrelandTogether.


IrelandTogether is not responsible for and does not endorse the contents of user’s posts or warrant the accuracy, truthfulness, legality or reliability of user’s posts. You are entirely responsible for material which you post. You agree to fully indemnify the Operator against all damages, claims, expenses, liabilities, claims and costs (including legal costs) which The Operator may suffer or incur in the event of any legal proceedings being brought against The Operator, in consequence of your posting Material. For the avoidance of doubt, the indemnity you give to The Operator is effective in respect of any and all legal proceedings including any and all possible causes of action that may result from any breach of these Terms of Use and/or applicable law.


We expect you to act responsibly in posting Material on IrelandTogether. You agree, through use of this service, NOT to use IrelandTogether to:

  • post illegal Material
  • treat others with disrespect
  • defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others
  • identify or speculate as to the identity of any anonymous or pseudonymous user
  • attempt to solicit information from any other user under false pretences, for example by attempting phishing-like attacks
  • solicit passwords or personally identifying information for commercial or unlawful purposes
  • collect or store other users’ personal data without their consent
  • attempt to gain unauthorised access to the IrelandTogether administrative areas or interface, to user accounts, computer systems or networks connected to the IrelandTogether site, through password mining or any other means
  • post irrelevant Material, repeatedly post the same or similar Material or otherwise impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on the IrelandTogether servers or infrastructure
  • post any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising, promotional content, ‘junk mail’, ‘spam’, ‘chain letters’, ‘pyramid schemes’, or any other form of commercial publicity
  • post any abusive, harmful, vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, indecent, profane, inappropriate, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable Material, except where the content is appropriate to the content of the forum and you have been granted specific permission to do so and subject to our guidelines on said content
  • post Material that contains violence, or offensive subject matter or contains a link to an adult website
  • post Material in respect of any matter that is currently before the courts
  • post Material that promotes or encourages illegal activity or facilitates or encourages any violation of these Terms of Use
  • post Material that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, rights of privacy or publicity, or other proprietary right or intellectual property right of any party
  • post Material that falsely expresses or implies that such Material is sponsored or endorsed by IrelandTogether
  • post Material that contains software viruses or harmful programs including but not limited to, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancel-bots, computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, disrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment
  • modify, adapt, translate, or reverse engineer any portion of IrelandTogether, or use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, or other device to retrieve or index any portion of IrelandTogether, except as expressly authorised in writing by IrelandTogether
  • reformat or frame any portion of the web pages that are part of IrelandTogether

 

 

Moderators and Administrators


In order to allow for the proper administration of IrelandTogether we make use of volunteer moderators and administrators. In order for them to properly carry out their functions as moderators and administrators they require access to personal information concerning you, your IrelandTogether account and your activity on the site. Such data is only permitted to be used by our moderators and administrators for the purposes of administering the site and cannot be used by them for any other purpose. If you agree to be a moderator or administrator for IrelandTogether you agree that any user personal information available to you is to be used solely for the purpose of administering the site and will not be used for any other purpose.

6. You are responsible for your account and its details


As part of the registration process, you will be asked to select a username and password and you will be responsible for all activities occurring under your username and for keeping your password secure. We strongly recommend you do not reuse a password which you also use elsewhere.

 

6.1 Usernames


Your username will be derived from your firstname, lastname when joining IrelandTogether. You may not select an alternative pseudonym


6.2 Accounts and passwords


You cannot create more than one personal profile. You may not share your account with anyone. You agree not to provide any false information to IrelandTogether or to create an account for anyone other than yourself without the express permission of that other person or entity. You agree not to use the account or password of another user and not to disclose your password to any third party. You agree to notify us immediately if you suspect any unauthorised use of your account or access to your password.


The Operator will not be liable for any loss that you may incur as a result of someone else using or accessing your password or account, either with or without your knowledge.


You may be held liable for losses incurred by us or any other party as a result of someone else using or accessing your password or account if you have not taken reasonable steps to keep your password or account secure.


IrelandTogether may at its absolute discretion refuse you access to the site, delete posts by you or suspend/terminate your account without prior notice for any reason and you shall not be entitled to any compensation in respect of this. If we disable your account you will not be entitled to create another account without our permission.


These Terms of Use, including, the indemnities contained herein, shall survive any suspension or termination of your account.


6.3 Your interactions with other users


The Operator has no obligation to verify the identity of any users when they are connected to the site or to monitor Material provided by them.  However, this community is based on trust and respect and we encourage all members to verify their account using their LinkedIn profile and/or company website.

Your interactions with other users, including payment and delivery of goods or services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and the other user.


As with any web-based interaction, we suggest that you use caution and good judgment. If there is a dispute between you and any third party (including any advertiser), we are under no obligation to become involved.



  1. Closing your account and our right to ban accounts or remove user privileges


You can close your user account at any time. This process is irreversible and permanent.


Closing your account means we will delete your password, remove any email subscriptions or notifications you may receive, delete all Personal Data we hold about you and turn off your Private Messages. This process does not remove any posts you have made on the site.


The posts are retained as they are an intrinsic part of the thread in which they are posted and removing them may make the thread unreadable or make the other posts difficult to understand or follow.

These Terms of Use, including our proprietary rights, disclaimer of warranties, indemnities, limitations of liability, choice of law and choice of forum, and miscellaneous provisions shall survive any termination of your user privileges.



Without limiting the foregoing, the following will lead to a suspension of your privileges on

IrelandTogether:-

 

  • breaches or violations of these Terms of Use or other IrelandTogether guidelines
  • requests by law enforcement or other government agencies
  • unexpected technical issues or problems

 

  1. Posting on IrelandTogether

 

 

8.1 Content posted on IrelandTogether


You are solely responsible for your conduct and any Material that you submit, post, and/or display on IrelandTogether. You agree not to post Material contrary to these Terms of Use or any applicable law.

Due to the real-time nature of IrelandTogether, The Operator cannot and is not required to review the contents of posted Material, nor does it confirm the validity of information submitted. The Operator hereby notifies you that it does not actively monitor Material posted by users and, as such, is not responsible for and gives no warranty or representation in relation to Material posted by users.

Because community standards vary and individuals sometimes may not comply with our policies and guidelines, in the process of using IrelandTogether, you may be exposed to content that you find offensive or objectionable. Users are encouraged to bring any Material they deem offensive or objectionable to the attention of forum moderators by using the Report Post Feature (https://www.IrelandTogether/faq_how_reportpost) identifying the specific Material you consider is objectionable. You must be logged in to IrelandTogether in order to report a post. For material that you consider is objectionable you will be asked to give your reasons for wanting the Material removed.

Users are informed that if they deem Material to be defamatory or an infringement of their intellectual property rights they should inform IrelandTogether by emailing 

 privacy@IrelandTogether.ie

Whilst we do not monitor Material posted by users, we reserve the right to take down Material that comes to our attention via a complaint or otherwise. Members who repeatedly flout our guidelines or these Terms of Use will be barred from joining discussions on IrelandTogether. You will not necessarily be notified when Material is removed or when you have been banned. IrelandTogether  

will not enter into any correspondence with or about users who have been banned.


You own all of the Material you post on IrelandTogether and we do not claim ownership of that Material. However, we need your permission to be able to display that Material and in some cases to modify it for best display – for different browsers, for our mobile site, and so on.
Consequently, by posting any Material on or through IrelandTogether, you grant The Operator a limited licence to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such Material. The licence you grant to The Operator is non-exclusive, royalty free and fully paid, sub-licensable, and worldwide. This licence applies only to use of the Material for the purpose of providing the IrelandTogether service. You also waive to the fullest extent permissible by law any moral rights in such Material. You are responsible for making sure that you have all rights to what you post, including the rights necessary for you to grant the licence above.


By posting any Material on IrelandTogether you represent and warrant that: (i) you own the Material posted by you or otherwise have the right to grant the licence above, and (ii) the posting of the Material does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, intellectual property rights, confidentiality, contract rights or any other rights of any person. You agree to pay all royalties, fees, or any other monies owing any person by reason of any Material posted by you to or through 

IrelandTogether.

From time to time we may seek to use users’ Material for the purpose of advertising or marketing IrelandTogether.

To have original creative Material deleted, please contact the relevant forum moderator or by emailing info@irelandtogether.ie with a direct link to the relevant item and your request. We will delete it within 30 working days of your request, as far as is reasonably possible.


Please note that deletion of original creative Material applies only to Material you have uploaded to IrelandTogether. If you have posted a link on IrelandTogether to Material hosted elsewhere (such as Flickr or YouTube) then, as IrelandTogether is not the host, you will have to contact the other site to have that Material deleted.


We cannot guarantee that other users will not use the ideas and information that you share. Therefore, if you have an idea or information that you would like to keep confidential and/or don’t want others to use, you must not post it on IrelandTogether. We are not responsible for a user’s misuse or misappropriation of any content or information you post on IrelandTogether.

 

 

8.2 Defamatory Content & Content infringing Intellectual Property Rights.


IrelandTogether operates on a “notice and takedown” basis. If you believe that any content on IrelandTogether contains a defamatory statement, please notify IrelandTogether immediately by emailing info@IrelandTogether.ie Once this notification has been received, IrelandTogether will use all reasonable endeavours to remove the defamatory content complained about within a reasonable period of time.

 

8.3 Nuisance posts


Our first line of defence against nuisance posts is to delete them and to ban the user. Nuisance posts include potentially defamatory material, surreptitious advertising, any other posts which breach the posting guidelines and/or our Terms of Use and any form of messages, posts or emails deemed offensive by the administrators or moderators. In addition, where a user recommends the products or services of their employer, they should state their conflict of interest. Where they do not do so, we reserve the right to point out that the user appears to have a conflict of interest.

Where a nuisance poster persists, we reserve the right to use email addresses to identify the user and halt the nuisance.

 


  1. Feedback, suggestions and submissions about IrelandTogether


From time to time users contact us with feedback, suggestions and submissions about IrelandTogether and how to improve the site and services we offer. IrelandTogether welcomes the input, and the following terms ensure that we can use your contributions to improve 

IrelandTogether.

You do not have to submit anything to IrelandTogether about IrelandTogether, but if you do you acknowledge and agree that any questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, feedback, or any other submissions to IrelandTogether which may improve our products, services, or offerings shall become the property of The Operator unless otherwise agreed by The Operator.


By making a submission to IrelandTogether about IrelandTogether, you grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, unlimited, assignable, sub licensable, fully paid up and royalty-free right to The Operator to copy, prepare derivative works from, improve, distribute, publish, remove, retain, add, and use and commercialise, in any way now known or in the future discovered, anything that you submit to IrelandTogether, without any further consent, notice and/or compensation to you or to any third parties.

 



  1. Links to and content of third party sites

 

10.1 Links to other websites


IrelandTogether contains links to other websites operated by third parties over whom The Operator has no control. Such links are provided for your convenience only and The Operator accepts no responsibility or liability in respect of the content or use of other websites. Such links do not amount to an endorsement or recommendation of these sites by The Operator. 


If you do decide to leave the IrelandTogether site and access third party sites you do so at your own risk. Third party sites linked via the IrelandTogether site are not covered by these Terms of Use or the IrelandTogether Privacy Policy.



10.2 Third Party Content


The inclusion of any content from other sites, either quoted directly or linked to (“Third Party Content”) on IrelandTogether does not imply any affiliation or endorsement of such Third Party Content by The Operator.


You understand that by using IrelandTogether you may be exposed to Third Party Content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable.


Because IrelandTogether does not control third party sites, you agree that The Operator is not responsible for any such Third Party Content and that this is the sole responsibility of the person from which such Third Party Content originated, and IrelandTogether has no obligation to monitor such Third Party Content.


Notwithstanding the foregoing, The Operator reserves the right, but shall have no obligation, to pre-screen, filter, remove, refuse to accept, post, display or transmit any Third Party Content in whole or part at any time for any reason or no reason with or without notice and with no liability of any kind.



  1. Intellectual property


All intellectual property rights in the website design, text, graphics, the selection and arrangement thereof and all software vest in The Operator unless otherwise indicated. The Operator reserves all of its rights.


The above does not include Materials which are the property of advertisers or users.

You acknowledge that all trademarks, trade names, service marks, rights (registered or unregistered) in any designs, applications for any of the foregoing; trade or business names; innovations, inventions whether or not capable of protection by patent or registration, registered design and topography rights; know-how, including data specifications, drawings and instructions; secret formulae and processes; rights protecting goodwill and reputation; database rights and rights under licences and consents in relation to such things, rights in the nature of unfair competition rights, and rights to sue for passing of and all rights or forms of protection of a similar nature to any of the foregoing or having equivalent effect anywhere in the world and all copyright, trademarks and other intellectual property rights in and relating to IrelandTogether (collectively “Intellectual Property”) are solely owned by The Operator.


You may not reproduce, publish, transmit, distribute, display, modify, create derivative works from, sell or participate in any sale of, or exploit in any way, in whole or in part, the Material at IrelandTogether without the written permission of The Operator.

 

 


Rights of IrelandTogether



  1. Our rights and responsibilities

 

 

12.1 Liability and accuracy:


The Operator does not give any warranty or make any representation as to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained on IrelandTogether. Material posted on IrelandTogether is not intended to amount to advice on which reliance should be placed. The Operator therefore disclaims all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such Material by any user, or by anyone who may be informed of any of its contents. Although rigorous protocols are applied to IrelandTogether we do not make any warranty that IrelandTogether is free from infection by viruses or anything else that has contaminating or disruptive properties. Under no circumstances shall we be held liable for any delay or failure in performance resulting directly or indirectly from acts of nature, forces, or causes beyond our reasonable control, including, without limitation, Internet failures, computer equipment failures, telecommunication equipment failures, other equipment failures, electrical power failures, strikes, labour disputes, riots, insurrections, civil disturbances, shortages of labour or materials, fires, floods, storms, explosions, acts of God, war, governmental actions, orders of domestic or foreign courts or tribunals, non-performance of third parties, or loss of or fluctuations in electricity or other utility supply.


The Operator does not give any warranty or make any representation as to the identity of any user on IrelandTogether. Any use of, or reliance placed on, any content or Materials posted to IrelandTogether by any user, or obtained by you through IrelandTogether, is at your own risk.

IrelandTogether may offer Verified Representative Accounts to individuals that represent organisations. We may obtain certain documentation to reasonably establish authenticity and to satisfy ourselves of these individuals’ identity and authority to represent organisations. We do not give any warranty or make any representation that Verified Representatives express the views or opinions of the organisations which they represent. Users who purport to represent organisations, but do not have a Verified Representative account are operating outside of these Terms of Use and have not attempted to establish their authenticity with us.


Users of IrelandTogether should satisfy themselves as to the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information contained on IrelandTogether and, where applicable, as to the identity of other users.

Under no conditions and in no event shall The Operator be liable for any direct or indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damages or loss howsoever arising, (including but not limited to negligence or breach of these Terms of Use or otherwise) or for any loss of data, profit, revenue, goodwill or business howsoever caused even if that loss or damage was foreseeable by us, or the possibility of it was brought to our attention.


12.2 Users:


The Operator may at its sole discretion for any reason (i) disable or deactivate your account, block your email or IP address, or otherwise terminate your access to or use of IrelandTogether, (ii) remove and discard any posts or Material within any thread or anywhere on IrelandTogether or (iii) shut down a discussion, thread or forum that you are involved in, with or without notice, and with no liability of any kind to you.



12.3 Availability of service:


The Operator may at its sole discretion and at any time, discontinue temporarily or permanently providing IrelandTogether, or any part thereof, with or without notice.


You agree that any termination of access to IrelandTogether under any provision of these Terms of Use may be effected without notice, and acknowledge and agree that The Operator may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all related information and files in your account and/or bar any further access to such files or IrelandTogether.



IrelandTogether may be temporarily unavailable from time to time for maintenance or other reasons. We accept no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in transmission, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of user communications.


Where possible, we will use reasonable efforts to give users fair notice of technical difficulties or termination or suspension of their access to IrelandTogether. However, you agree that The Operator shall not be liable to you or any third party for any inability to access IrelandTogether, termination or suspension of access to IrelandTogether or modification of the service provided by IrelandTogether.

12.4 Indemnity and waiver


You agree to indemnify, defend (at the request of The Operator), and hold harmless The Operator our investors, successors, assigns, subsidiaries, affiliates, co-branders, contractors, employees, servants, moderators, third-party advertisers, technology providers, service providers or other partners, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees and representatives, from and against any third party claim, demand, loss, damage, cost, or liability including reasonable legal expenses, made or brought by any third party due to or arising out of:-

 

  1. Your use of IrelandTogether or any part thereof
  2. The violation of these Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy, our guidelines by you
  3. The infringement or misappropriation by you, or a third party using your computer, of any account or password to access and/or use IrelandTogether
  4. The infringement of any intellectual property rights of any person or entity

 

You acknowledge that your use of IrelandTogether including any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through IrelandTogether is at your own discretion and risk and you agree to waive any right to bring any claim or action against The Operator, our investors, successors, assignees, subsidiaries, affiliates, co-branders, contractors, employees, servants, third-party advertisers, technology providers, service providers or other partners, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees and representatives for any loss, damage, costs or injury arising from such use.


  1. Entire agreement


These Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy make up the entire agreement between you and IrelandTogether, the Operator and supersede any prior agreement.


  1. No partnerships/joint ventures


Nothing in these Terms of Use and/or our Privacy Policy shall be construed as forming a partnership or joint venture with you. No third party shall have the right or ability to create any obligation on our behalf.


  1. Governing law


The agreement shall be governed by Irish law and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish courts in all matters regarding this agreement and your use of IrelandTogether.

16. Severability


If any provision of these Terms of Use is found to be void, invalid or unenforceable the remaining provisions will continue to be of full force and effect.


  1. No waiver


Any amendment to or waiver of these Terms of Use must be in writing and signed by an authorised representative of The Operator. Failure to enforce any provision of these Terms of Use shall not amount to a waiver of such provision.


  1. Additional information


These Terms of Use should be read in conjunction with the IrelandTogether Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.


19 Contacting IrelandTogether


You can contact us in relation to these Terms of Use in the following ways:-


Using our contact page: Contact page

Email: info@IrelandTogether.ie

20 Newsletters
All Ireland Together registered users, will also receive an occasional newsletter no more than once a week. The newsletter is a selection of updates on what has is going on within the community. Ireland Together registered users can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of each newsletter.
When you sign up for newsletters, we collect information to enable us to deliver the newsletter and to tell us what content you are interested in.
What we process:
·       Identity data: your email address and name
·       Why we process this data: The legal basis for processing this data is to enable us to deliver the newsletter that is part of your membership.Who has access: Only Ireland Together staff will have access to this data. Access may be granted to third parties such as our email campaign provider in order to resolve problems sending emails etc. but only under the strictest governance by Ireland Together. Ireland Together ensures that our email campaign provider adheres to the highest standards of data protection and privacy.



We welcome your feedback on this document and thank you for using IrelandTogether!