Cookie Policy

Cookies are used on this website. These are text files that are sent by web server to a browser and then stored by the browser. Every time the browser requests a page from the server, a text file is sent back to the server. What this allows the web server to do is identify and track the web browser.

There are various different uses of cookies but essentially they allow websites to load content and respond to you as an individual based on how you use it. They don’t give you access to your computer and simply give information in the form of data that you have approved can be shared in your settings. 

There are a few ways you can control what cookies you accept or decline. When you enter this website you will see a cookie notice. In this, you can accept the recommended settings or you can change which ones are accepted. You can change this at any time – just go to the little triangle with the C icon in the bottom left of the screen and click this to bring up the notice. Here you can change your settings.

Most browsers also allow you to change your settings to let you refuse to accept cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer you can do this by going to ‘Tools’, ‘Internet options’, ‘Privacy’ and then select ‘Block all cookies’ with the sliding selector. You should be aware though that this may make it difficult for you to use certain websites, including this one. Some cookies are needed to simply allow the page to load properly so if you block all cookies, it may cause problems in accessing websites or seeing all of the content.

Furthermore, ‘do not track’ (DNT) is a feature that some browsers offer as a default choice. If you enable it then websites receive a signal requesting that your browsing isn’t tracked. This may be for third party ads or social networks, or possibly analytics companies. If you would like to opt-out of Google Analytics, you can download an opt-out browser add-on for to do this:

You can also always delete any cookies stored on your computer.

To find out more about cookies visit

A table of the cookies used on this website is set out below.

If you do not wish to accept cookies from this website, please leave this site immediately and then delete and block all cookies from this site. If you need any help regarding cookies on this website, get in touch by emailing

_ga.stormont.comUsed to distinguish users on the Google Analytics platform.2 years
_gid.stormont.comUsed to distinguish users on the Google Analytics platform.1 day
_gat_gtag_UA-64571047-1.stormont.comUsed to set and get tracking data1 minute
CookieControl.stormont.comThis cookie is to control the Civic Cookie Banner that is used on the website3 months
itsec_interstitial_browser.stormont.comUsed by our security layer to protect this website.Session
wordpress_logged_in_*.stormont.comThis cookie indicates that you are logged in, and who you are, for most interface use.Session
wordpress_sec_*.stormont.comThis cookie is used to store your authentication details. Its use is limited to the admin console area, /wp-admin/Session
wordpress_test_cookie.stormont.comThis cookie is used to check whether your web browser can allow or reject cookiesSession