Cookie Policy

Information about our use of cookies

Our website (our “site”) uses cookies and similar technology to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. By continuing to use the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie Name Provider Purpose Expiry Type Country Category
CookieConsent Cookiebot used to store the user’s cookie consent state 1 year HTTP Ireland Necessary
__sharethis_cookie_test__ Sharethis used to track which pages are being shared and by whom Session HTTP United Kingdom Necessary
rc::a Google used to distinguish between humans and bots; this is beneficial for the website, in order to make valid reports on the use of their website Persistent HTML Local Storage United States Necessary
rc::c Google used to distinguish between humans and bots Session HTML Local Storage United States Necessary
_ga Google used for statistics; to store and count pageviews 2 years HTTP United States Statistic
_gat Google used to read and filter requests from bots 1 day HTTP United States Statistic
_gid Google used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is doing 1 day HTTP United States Statistic

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

How to control or delete cookies

You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. In order to do this, follow the instructions provided by your browser (usually located within the “Help”, “Tools” or “Edit” facility). Disabling a cookie or category of cookie does not delete the cookie from your browser; you will need to do this yourself from within your browser. If you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

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