Cookie policy

Food Drink Ireland Skillnet respects the privacy of all visitors to our website.

The Food Drink Ireland Skillnet cookie policy details the use of cookies on website(s). Food Drink Ireland Skillnet may update this cookie policy from time to time to reflect any changes in technology or legislation affecting the way we use cookies and how you, as a user, can manage them.

What Are Cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information that are downloaded to your device when you visit our website. Cookies are then sent back to our website on each of your subsequent visits to our site.

The following cookies are used on our website(s) for the purposes listed below. If you choose to opt out of receiving cookies you may lose some features and functionality of [- for example you will not be able to login with your Food Drink Ireland Skillnet website ID to view our Members' Area content].

If you want to:
  1. prevent your browser from accepting new cookies;
  2. remove cookies; or
  3. disable cookies,

the help menu in the menu bar of most browsers will explain how to do this or you can click on the links below to access instructions from some of the most popular browsers:
For more information on how to manage cookies, please visit

What Cookies Do Food Drink Ireland Skillnet Use?
When you use the website, the following types of cookies can be set on your device:
  • Strictly Necessary Cookies:
    These cookies are required for the operation of our website including, for example, cookies that enable you to log into the Members' Area of our website.
  • Performance Cookies
    These cookies are used to collect statistical information about visitors to our website and the pages they view. Food Drink Ireland Skillnet use these cookies to understand what content is popular and how the layout of the website might be improved.
  • Functional Cookies
    These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced and more personalised features.
  • Targeting and Advertising Cookies
    These cookies are used to deliver advertising that is more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign.
Below is a list of the specific cookies we use and a description of what they do:
FDISN_CookiePolicyAcceptance1 year after accepting cookie policy message.Indicates that you have read our cookie policy.
*_CookiePolicyAcceptance1 year after accepting cookie policy message.Indicates that you have read the cookie policy for our sector websites.
DomAuthSessIdWhen the browsing session ends or after 8 hours of inactivity.Session-based authentication.
Set when a member has logged into our site.

Third Party Cookies
Some cookies that have been set on our websites are not related to Food Drink Ireland Skillnet. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, a social networking site, these service providers may set their own cookies on your web browser.

We do not control the use of these cookies as cookies can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. Below is a list of the third party cookies in use on our website:
CookieExpiryAdditional information
__utma2 years from set/updateGoogle Analytics - Used to distinguish visitors and pages visited. Records a unique ID, the date and time of first visit, time of current visit nd total number of visits made
__utmz6 months from set/update Google Analytics - Records the site you may have linked to our page from. Only records data if you clicked on a link to our site from a different website.
_ga2 years from set/updateGoogle Analytics - Used to distinguish users to site.
_gid24 hoursGoogle Analytics - Used to distinguish users to site.
_dc_gtm_UA-*1 minuteGoogle Tagmanager - Used to track which Google Analytics ID is used.
_gat_UA-*1 minuteGoogle Analytics - used to throttle request rate.
_gali30 minutesGoogle Analytics.
CONSENTYear 2037/2038YouTube.
PREF1 year from setYouTube.
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE1 year from setYouTube.
YSCWhen the browsing session endsYouTube.
s_glWhen the browsing session endsYouTube.
muc2 years from set/updateTwitter.
dnt10 yearsTwitter - Do Not Track.
eu_cn1 year from set/updateTwitter.
guest_id2 yearsTwitter.
kdt2 yearsTwitter.
personalization_id2 yearsTwitter.
remember_checked_on10 yearsTwitter.
tfw_exp14 daysTwitter.
__atuvc2 years from set/updateAddThis social sharing widget. To enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms.
__atuvs30 minutesAddThis social sharing widget.
ApplicationGateWayAffinityWhen the browsing session Use to track visitors visiting certain pages.

Clear Pixels
As well as using cookies on our website, we also use invisible 11 pixel tags, known as 'clear pixels'. These pixels are used to collect statistical information about visitors to our website and the pages they view.Food Drink Ireland Skillnet use these pixels to understand what content is popular and how the layout of the website might be improved.

Also, clear pixels are used in each [eZine and newsletter] sent by our system. If you receive the HTML formatted version of our [eZine and/or newsletter] and your email is configured to download images, a record of whether or not you open the email (and, if you open the email, how frequently you open it) will be saved with your subscriber history. Your engagement with the content of the communication (such as which links you click on) will also be recorded.

We use this information in aggregated form to give us an indication of the popularity of content and to help us make decisions about future content and formatting. We may also use the information to publish more content relevant to certain categories of subscribers in future issues and to unsubscribe recipients who haven't opened our emails for a while.
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