Keeping An Eye On Zuckerberg



Data Protection Commissioner’s office, Portarlington, County Laois

Louis le Fronde writes:

So according to the Irish Independent , the Irish Data Commissioner is going to investigate Facebook, have you seen their office in Portarlington (above)?  I’m sure Zuckerberg is terrified….

Irish Data Protection Commissioner to probe Facebook’s ‘oversight’ of political targeting on the platform (

Earlier: A Limerick A Day

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42 thoughts on “Keeping An Eye On Zuckerberg

    1. qwerty123

      Exactly, central banks had large shiny offices and look how well they performed in 2008.

      1. dav

        now they have an even bigger shiny office, that they had to buy iof NAMA, because it’s not as if the assets of the failed bank weren’t already owned by the state, no we have to pay for them twice…

        1. david

          At least there is plenty of parking and there is a central for lunch
          Looking at the place it seems they are not looking for many people to drop in

    1. well

      Our architecture isn’t that great is it? that could be anywhere in the country, that building is indistinguishable from any other.

  1. Fact Checker

    From their 2015 annual report:

    “During 2015, the DPC continued the
    programme of building our capabilities and
    our capacity through significant recruitment
    including specialist legal, technical,
    investigatory and communications experts.
    A temporary Dublin premises on Harcourt
    Road now houses over 20 DPC staff, with the
    Dublin team moving to dedicated premises
    in the city centre in the second half of 2016.
    This new office expands our geographic
    reach, and works seamlessly with the existing
    28 staff based in Portarlington, County

    1. Joe Small

      I think the new office is in Merrion Square. They’ve recruited more staff. Up around 140 people now.

  2. Louis Lefronde

    Do they serve breakfast Sandwiches in that Centra? Might I suggest some Quinoa instead… ;-)

  3. Pat Harding

    Ah Factchecker, do you really believe everything you read in an annual report?

    How did they manage to get 28 people into that place in Portarlington, it’s a bit like the figs in the fig rolls in’it?

  4. Frilly Keane

    I thought they were doing an alright job actually

    and why do they need to be Blah Cliath anyway

    Isn’t this the type of decentralisation we should be cheering on?

      1. Otis Blue

        Its telling that the information outlined on the DPC website is about 20 years out of date.

        Still I guess it explains the Portarlington Space – Time Continuum conundrum.

  5. Matt Lucozade: The Only Reader of the Village

    Missed a good headline opportunity: Centra Intelligence Agency

  6. Greenfingered

    Let’s not let the truth get in the way of a good story.
    21 Fitzwilliam Square is the Dublin address for the DPC.

    1. Qwerty123

      No room for truth here. A mere 30 second Google search would show that. But I suppose the ‘hilarious poster’ who sent this in gets some sense of satisfaction. Decentralisation should be brought back to try solve the Dublin housing problem.

      1. Otis Blue

        To be fair, I think the image might sum up why the decentralisation process didn’t work. I’d bet that the Portarlington Office was established first with the Dublin office later when it was clear the ‘talent’ wouldn’t relocate.

        Not that this was unique to the DPC.

        1. Lilly

          I can understand someone wanting to relocate to live on a windswept cliff overlooking the Atlantic. But Portarlington? Not so much.

        2. Qwerty123

          @otis, generally, it didn’t work as senior staff didn’t want to move, these are the people who brought on one income a house in Dublin back in the day. The junior staff did but had no say.they might want to be able to buy a house and improve their quality of life. It worked well in some revenue departments, Irish prison service to name a few. Needs to be looked at again.

          1. Otis Blue

            I understand the reasons. But decentralisation was a political stroke by FF. At the time 400 jobs from Bus Eireann were announced for Mitchelstown in Co. Cork. The only way that this could have come to pass was if every Bus Eireann route commenced or ended there.

            Recall also that the locations selected did not accord with the hubs and gateways of the National Spatial Strategy and were selected for political expediency. They made a balls of it but in truth there was no genuine attempt to get it right.

    2. Jake38

      Of course. These box-ticking, ass-covering, pointless quangos are always located in a prime location funded by the ongoing rape of the Irish taxpayer. The office in the bog is a diversion.

    1. anne

      It might be, but I don’t wanna be patronised about it from some French fella over here coz he can’t get a better job back home in wonderful Pari

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