What is a cookie?

Cookies are small text files that may be placed on your device when you use a website. They help us to remember your preferences and to tailor our digital content according to your interests. The ePrivacy Regulations S.I.336/2011. states that we can store cookies on your device if they are ‘strictly necessary’ for the operation of our website. For all other cookies we must obtain your consent. Other types of cookies and tracking technologies include local storage objects, software development kits, pixel trackers, ‘like’ buttons and social sharing tools, and device fingerprinting technologies. The law on cookies generally applies to all of these tools. The use of cookies is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the ePrivacy Regulations S.I.336/2011.

Cookie Domains

First party cookies have been set up by us and are read by our website. Third-party cookies are set by another domain as permitted by us. These cookies track your internet use across several sites and can be used to profile you for advertising networks. The following sections explain some of the terminology that is commonly used to describe cookies:

Session Cookies

These are cookies which are only related to a single session (a single visit to our website) and are automatically deleted when you close your web browser.

Persistent Cookies

These cookies remain on your device after you have finished your browsing session. These cookies are saved for an extended period of time (from days to years) and have a number of functions, including tracking, analysing and authenticating.

The Cookie Types We Use

  1. Necessary Cookies Cookies which are required for our website to work e.g. cookies for load balancers, cookies acceptance etc.
  2. Marketing/Advertising Cookies Advertising cookies are used to monitor your internet usage and target ads which are more relevant to you. These are mainly third-party cookies from advertiser networks.
  3. Analytic/Performance Cookies These cookies are set by our analytics providers and allow us to record certain information about you, such as the pages you visit on our website, how many times you visit our website, and links you might click on. These cookies may also capture your geographical location; your IP address; what type of device you are using and various information about the device. This information can be used to create a unique fingerprint to help further identify you on other websites you might visit and can be used to create a profile of your online activities and interests.
  4. Functional Cookies These cookies allow us to recognise you and remember choices you make (such as choice of language or mobile device preferences) when you return to our website.To view the Cookies used on this website, click here: Cookie settings.

Your options in relation to Cookies

If you have opted to accept our cookies, you can withdraw your consent at any time using the Cookie Consent pop up on our website. To amend your cookie preferences using our cookie consent tool click here: Cookie settings. You are always free to decline cookies. To do this, you can modify your web browser to refuse cookies, or to let you know when you receive new cookies. The help function of your web browser will tell you how to do this. Please remember that if you decline cookies from www.mqi.ie it may affect your experience of the website. You can read more about cookies at the All About Cookies website. You can learn more about who we are and how we process your personal data by visiting our Privacy Statement.


We use Hotjar in order to better understand our users’ needs and to optimize this service and experience. Hotjar is a technology service that helps us better understand our users’ experience (e.g. how much time they spend on which pages, which links they choose to click, what users do and don’t like, etc.) and this enables us to build and maintain our service with user feedback. Hotjar uses cookies and other technologies to collect data on our users’ behaviour and their devices. This includes a device’s IP address (processed during your session and stored in a de-identified form), device screen size, device type (unique device identifiers), browser information, geographic location (country only), and the preferred language used to display our website. Hotjar stores this information on our behalf in a pseudonymized user profile. Hotjar is contractually forbidden to sell any of the data collected on our behalf. For further details, please see the ‘About Hotjar’ section of Hotjar’s support site.

Changes to this policy

We may revise this policy from time to time. This cookie policy was last updated in June 2023.
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