Privacy & Cookies


The Central Bank of Ireland fully respects your right to privacy, and will not collect any personal information about you on this website without your consent. Any personal information that you volunteer to the Central Bank will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, strictly in accordance with applicable data protection and privacy legislation.

This statement relates to our privacy practices in connection with this website only. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other websites linked to and/or from the website. Any external links to other websites are clearly identifiable as such.

Any changes to this privacy statement will be posted on this website so you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about this privacy statement you should contact our Press Office at


Collection and use of personal information

Read the Central Credit Register Data Protection Statement.



This website uses Cookies which are small text files that are placed on your computer, smartphone or other devices by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

Some cookies are essential for our website to work. If they are disabled, the site won’t work in some basic ways. These are called strictly necessary cookies.

Other cookies are not essential, but we use them to help make our site better or more enjoyable for you, e.g. by allowing you to use features like YouTube or allowing us to collect information about how people use the site. These are called performance, targeting or functionality cookies.

First Party Cookie - A First Party Cookie is one where the host name of the cookie is the same as the domain name of the website being visited. First party cookies cannot normally be used to track activity across different websites.

Third Party Cookie - A Third Party Cookie is one where the host name of the cookie is different to the domain of the website being visited. Third Party Cookies are often added to a website as new features are built into the site, e.g. YouTube videos. Digital advertising is another common use of third party cookies.

By law, we are allowed to use strictly necessary cookies as long as we tell you about them. However, we need your consent before we use any other type of cookie.

Technical details in connection with visits to this website are logged for statistical purposes, and this information will be used only by the Central Bank, and only for statistical purposes to help us to increase the usability and accessibility of our website.

We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"), to gather statistics on our website. We will use the information gathered to improve web services for our visitors. Google Analytics employs cookies to identify user sessions, which allows for the collection of important data about how our visitors are using the site. Google Analytics uses only first-party cookies for data analysis. This means that the cookies are linked to our website domain(s), and we will only use that cookie data for statistical analysis related to your browsing behaviour on our websites. If you choose, you can opt out by turning off cookies in the preferences settings in your browser.

Your IP address is also truncated by the last octet prior to its storage using the "_anonymizeIp()" method.

You can opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Addon for your current web browser: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Addon

For more information on Google Analytics, please visit Google's website.

It is the policy of the Central Bank never to disclose such technical information in respect of individual website visitors to any third party (apart from our Internet service provider, which records such data on our behalf and which is bound by confidentiality provisions in this regard), unless obliged to disclose such information by law. The Central Bank will make no attempt to identify individual visitors, or to associate the technical details listed above with any individual.

You should note that technical details, which we cannot associate with any identifiable individual, do not constitute "personal data" for the purposes of data protection legislation.


How to manage cookies on this website

When you first visit our website, we will inform you of the type of cookies we use. We then give you the option to use the website either:

  • Based only on cookies that are strictly necessary
  • Based both on cookies that are strictly necessary and others as listed below

To use the website based only on cookies that are strictly necessary, click ‘Cookie Settings’ when the cookie message first appears. Then:

  • Ensure cookie consent is turned ‘off’ for all performance, targeting and functionality cookies
    (Note: consent is turned ‘off’ by default the first time you use this website)
  • Click 'Save Settings'

If you want to give us consent to use other types of cookies, click ‘Accept All Cookies’ when the cookie message first appears. Alternatively you can:

  • Click on the cookie icon on the bottom left of the webpage and make your choices accordingly

You can change your cookie decision at any time. To do so, click on the cookie icon at the bottom left of any webpage and follow the steps above.


Description of Cookies

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are needed for our website to work. They are usually set only in response to requests you make on our site, e.g. to set your cookie preferences. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will then not work.

First Party Cookies

Cookie Host  Cookie Name  Cookie Details  _RequestVerificationToken Description: This is an anti-forgery cookie set by web applications built using ASP.NET MVC technologies. It is designed to stop unauthorised posting of content to a website, known as Cross-Site Request Forgery. It holds no information about the user and is destroyed on closing the browser.
Lifespan: The duration of the user’s session

Third Party Cookies



Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to track our website so we can measure and improve performance. They help us know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated together and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site and will not be able to monitor its performance.

First Party Cookies

Cookie Host  Cookie Name  Cookie Details _ga Description: This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.  By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.
Lifespan: 730 days gat_

Description: This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.

Lifespan: 10 minutes _gid Description: This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google.  It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.
: 1 day

Third Party Cookies


Targeting Cookies

These cookies may be used by advertising companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

First Party Cookies


Third Party Cookies

Cookie Host  Cookie Name  Cookie Details IDE Description: This domain is owned by Doubleclick (Google). The main business activity is: Doubleclick is Googles real time bidding advertising exchange
Lifespan: 390 days test_cookie Description:. This domain is owned by Doubleclick (Google). The main business activity is: Doubleclick is Googles real time bidding advertising exchange
Lifespan: 0 days YSC Description: This cookie is used as a unique identifier to track viewing of videos
Lifespan: 180 days VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Description: YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.
Lifespan: The duration of the user’s session

Session Cookies

A Session Cookie is one that is stored temporarily in a browser's memory. They are then deleted when you close your browser. Websites use Session Cookies for important functions, e.g. remembering your password during your visit.

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