Cookies are files which are transferred to your device[1] hard disk by a website. Cookies can store information about your preferences and other information you disclose when you visit a website. uses cookies to monitor our website traffic, to ensure better service levels and in order to provide you with certain features such as the customised delivery of certain information. Non-necessary cookies are only set if you give your consent. These cookies provide us with analytics data about visits to our website.


What is a cookie?
Cookies are small pieces of information that are placed on your device by a website that you visit. Cookies can store information about your preferences and other information that can be read by the website on any subsequent visit by you. The information stored in a cookie relates to how you browse the website and allows the website to remember you and your preferences when you return to it. More information on cookies, including how to disable cookies, can be found on

Types of Cookies
Session cookies only last for the duration of your visit to the website, and are deleted when you close your browser.

Persistent cookies remain after you have closed your browser, and allow a website to remember your actions and preferences when you return.  These cookies can only be used when you have given your consent for them.

How does use cookies?
The HEA uses cookies for analytics, so it can track the number of visits to the website, the location of that visit, the type of browser you are using etc. This information is used on an aggregate, and not an individual, basis to help provide visitors with a better experience of our website.  These cookies are set based on your consent.

There is also a cookie set when closing the cookie consent notification, so you do not need to close it every time you visit the website.  This cookie is necessary and so is not based on consent.[2]

The HEA will not personally identify visitors and will not use cookies to contact you. We are committed to respecting your privacy at all times.

Cookies do not in any way compromise the security of your computer.


Cookies in use:

All statistics cookies are based on consent.


Cookie Name Purpose Session / Persistent Expiry Period Cookie Type First / Third Party Name of Third Party (if applicable)
_ga Google Analytics Persistent 2 years Statistics Third Party Google Analytics
_gid Google Analytics Persistent Self-resetting

(0 days – same time as refresh)

Statistics Third Party Google Analytics
_gat Google Analytics Persistent Self-resetting

(1 minute)

Statistics Third Party Google Analytics
_cfduid Identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings. Persistent 11 months Necessary. Third party Highcharts


You can configure your browser to block cookies.

While we process cookies based on consent, you can also manage your cookie settings varies from browser to browser. You can find more information about how to change your cookie settings from your browser’s help menu.

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For more information about cookies and how to manage them, you can visit the website of the Irish Data Protection Commission






[1] A device in this context can be a PC, a mobile device or any other device that can store information.

[2] Please refer to the E-Privacy Regulation for more information.

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set optional analytics cookies to help us improve it. We won't set these optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Privacy Policy page

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone.