Noirín O’Sullivan: did she consult with officers serving in the Border region, a senior garda wondered.

Supply of laundered fuel and counterfeit cigarettes as plentiful as ever, say sources

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy has criticised a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to charge those suspected of involvement in the protest that saw Joan Burton trapped in her car. . Photograph: Eric Luke

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD says Joan Burton is ‘hated’ in Jobstown

Saverio Bellante: his chances of securing release depend on the success of his treatment and the risk he poses to the community and to himself

Two psychiatrists found Italian met criteria for verdict of ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’

Paul Murphy TD speaking on realese from Terenure Garda station in Dublin where he was questioned about his role in a protest in which Tánaiste Joan Burton was trapped in her car.  The Anti-Austerity Alliance TD  has criticised a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions to charge people suspected of involvement in the incident. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Up to 20 people present when Tánaiste was trapped in car expected to appear in court

 Jennifer Dornan: police investigating the murder of the 30-year-old mother are searching for a cream-coloured jacket believed to have been worn by Jennifer’s murderer. Photograph: Alan Lewis/Photopress Belfast

Mother of three stabbed in her home before house was set alight, postmortem finds

There are 48 boys and one girl housed on the Oberstown campus near Lusk, north Co Dublin.

One teen still unaccounted for after four originally fled using builders’ ladders

Jennifer Dornan, 30-year-old mother of three, was found dead in the shell of her home at Hazel View, Lagmore, Dunmurry

Extradition of suspect now being considered by PSNI after man hunt involving gardaí

Saverio Bellante, Tom O’Gorman

Italian man was charged with killing landlord Tom O’Gorman in Castleknock in 2014

Saverio Bellante told gardaí ‘I am guilty’ when charged with killing Tom O’Gorman at house in Castleknock

Background: Bellante killed landlord Tom O’Gorman and consumed part of his body

Saverio Bellante: Diagnosed with religious hysterical deliria in 2005.

Two days after coming off medicine Saverio Bellante fatally attacked Tom O’Gorman

Emergency services pictured at Cloverhill Prison Dublin after the prisoners staged a protest on the roof of the prison. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Disciplinary hearings for prisoners involved in disturbance to commence on Thursday

Emergency services pictured at Cloverhill Prison Dublin on Wednesday  afternoon. Photograph: Collins Photos

Garda launches inquiry as prison hostage assaulted and 10 others hospitalised

The house in Hackballscross, Co Louth, where Ms Quigley was found dead. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

James Quigley believed to have been very troubled by drowning of son (10) in 1980s

Gardaí and emergency services at the scene of the fatal cras on the M1 in Louth on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gardaí think James Quigley (69) beat his wife to death before driving wrong way down M1

Gardaí and emergency services at the scene of the fatal crash on the M1 in Louth on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gardaí believe man who drove wrong way down M1 was taking own life after murder

Gardaí at a house where a woman was found dead near Hackballscross, Co Louth. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The body of a woman with serious head injuries was found in a home in Rathmore, Co Louth

A kite, of the type being developed by the Naval Service, in use on a commercial vessel

Kite-based technology is capable of monitoring vessels on US coast from Irish waters

Members of the Irish Army Ranger Wing in Goz Beida in Chad: meagre manpower and difficult terrain will benefit from  the ability to see via drones and telescopes attached to kites. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Radar, telescopes and wifi elevated into the sky by kites will be great boon to Army capability

Ivor Callely, of St Lawrence’s Road, Clontarf, Dublin, is on bail having been released six days early from a five-month prison term. Photograph: Courts Collins

State will pursue former Fianna Fáil minister for any legal costs to which it may be entitled

The value to the Garda of mining data one even one phone in an inquiry is significant. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Investigation has led to Garda accessing journalists’ telephone activity

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Messages and call details accessed from phone of officer who is under investigation

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Taoiseach Enda Kenny   and Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan at the Garda College in Templemore on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Justice says Incitement to Hatred Act should have ‘gaps’ reviewed

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan at  graduation ceremony at the Garda College Templemore on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Garda Commissioner also denies that journalists’ phones were monitored or tapped

The Garda and Road Safety Authority have been accused of publishing confusing and misleading information about the new on-the-spot fines for cyclists

Helmets urged in publicity material though use optional under law

Gardaí are investigating racist attack that has seen a mother and her children forced from their home

Gardaí investigating incident that saw ‘blacks out’ spray painted on house

Ivor Callely: prisoners’ 25 per cent remission does not have to be earned, despite often being referred to as “time off for good behaviour”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Former politician was automatically entitled to 25 per cent remission when in jail last year

Mick Wallace said he spoke to two gardaí: “They were pretty sharp individuals, so hopefully they have the wherewithal to sort it.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation to test truth of corruption and bribery claims

Ivor Callely leaving court yesterday after the High Court judgment. Photograph: Courts Collins

Former Fianna Fáil politician applied for release 28 days into 150-day jail sentence

Mick Wallace said he spoke to two gardaí: “They were pretty sharp individuals, so hopefully they have the wherewithal to sort it.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation to test truth of corruption and bribery claims

A baby has been born on board the Naval Service’s LÉ Niamh during an operation in the Mediterranean in which 14 pregnant women were among 370 people rescued.

Girl, whose mother was among 370 people who left Libya for Italy, named Destiny

Claims that a Nama official asked for ‘cash in a bag’ to allow a construction firm exit the agency are to be investigated by the Garda fraud squad.

Officers will check if Nama official named by Wallace was assigned to developer in agency

Last September the Irish Naval Service seized cocaine valued at €358.75 million on the yacht Makayabella off the Cork coast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There is approx one legally held firearm for every 22 people residing in the Republic

The funeral procession of veteran Derry Republican Peggy O’Hara in Derry on Saturday. Mrs O’Hara’s son Patsy O’Hara died in the 1981 hunger strike protest.  Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

PSNI criticised over paramilitary trappings at funeral of Mrs Peggy O’Hara in Derry

The Lurgan attack is the latest perpetrated by dissident republicans who have sought to destabilise the peace process in the North by targeting, and in some cases killing, members of the PSNI.

Gerry Adams says time has come for those involved to ‘cease their activities’

Seven public and private hospitals were already under investigation for their medical procurement practices before last night’s Prime Time documentary, according to the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Varadkar disappointed by ‘unethical, greedy’ behaviour in health service

Among the resources drafted into the city centre are Garda trucks, such as the one above,  that have been fitted with holding cells. Photograph: The Irish Times

Strong garda presence mounted for Dublin ‘flashpoint water charge protest’

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said the legislation was a “landmark” development. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister says the aim of new legislation is to put victims at centre of the justice system

Magnus Meyer Hustveit was given a suspended sentence for the rape and sexual assault of his former partner. Photograph: Frank Miller

“We are very surprised considering the severity of the crimes that he committed”

The case of a Garda member being fined a five figure sum after having sex with a prostitute he was investigating should be examined more fully, an agency assisting women in the sex trade has said.

Advocacy group ‘concerned’ at details of case involving woman who was under investigation

Members of the Army’s bomb disposal unit at the location where suspected explosive device was found at Shaw St in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Traffic and rail services disrupted while gardaí and Army examined possible bomb

Customs officers find just under €300,000 in untraceable bank notes

Christy Keane was shot outside the gym at University of Limerick on June 30th.

Security in Limerick under review as concern at gang role of younger criminals grows

Among the leaked emails, files and digital records were four emails sent between members of the Defence Forces and employees of the company. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Italian company Hacking Team had 400GB of data downloaded from its files

A woman who alleges that she was subjected to domestic abuse has made a complaint to gardai in north Dublin.  A Facebook  video in which she makes the allegations has been viewed more than 3 million times.

Video on Facebook watched 3m times, gardai open investigation after formal complaint

Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt  is nearing the end of a 20-year sentence.

U-turn means jailed terrorist to be freed within weeks for first period of short releases

Injured include competitors and spectators after car spun off road and into field

The anti-water charges protest outside the Dáil on Wednesday. Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan is to appear before an Oireachtas committee on Friday morning to discuss the policing of the demonstration.  Photograph: Dave Meehan.

Video footage of anti-water charges campaigners being studied by investigators

New offences introduced on Thursday will see cyclists punished for a range of offences. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Penalties of up to €2,000 could apply to those who do not pay fine and end up in court

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe TD and  Moyagh Murdock, chief executive of the  Road Safety Authority. Photograph: Collins

RSA conference told 72 people have been killed in collisions so far this year

A Garda and Army convoy escorts Michael McKevitt  from the Special Criminal Court in Dublin, following a court appearance in 2003. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dáil deputies complain “dirty and dusty” prison no place for Michael McKevitt

Photograph from February 2008 of Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Son says he feels no other prisoner who had major surgery would return to jail so soon

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said the increase had come after a “sustained period of reductions”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Garda Commissioner plans specialist operations to tackle burglary hotspots

How can senior Garda management determine where they should place their dwindling front-line resources? Photograph: Frank Miller

With such unreliable figures, decisions about deployment are being made in a vacuum

Recorded burglary and related offences have been underestimated in the official Garda statistics by 18 per cent, the CSO’s Review of the Quality of Crime Statistics found. File photograph: Getty Images

CSO estimates 18% of crime initially recorded outside Pulse never input into Garda database

In some Garda divisions, a 20 per cent of all crimes recorded were not captured on the Garda’s PULSE computerised database, according to a report published on Tuesday.

Almost half of all crime categories show the number of recorded offences is increasing

Lorna Carty, from Co Meath, who was  killed in a terrorist attack at a resort in Tunisia.

Lorna Carty, from Robinstown, Co Meath, shot dead in assault on beach at Sousse resort

Lorna Carty,   nurse and mother of two, from Robinstown, Co Meath:  killed by gunman at Sousse beach resort

Lorna Carty was holidaying with husband Declan as he recovered from heart surgery

Police arrest a man suspected of being involved in an attack on a beachside hotel in Sousse, Tunisia. Reports suggest  an Irish woman is among the 28 people shot dead.

At least 63 people have been killed in attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait

On foot of an incorrect release of a man from custody Gsoc has  suggested some members of the force required training in basic administration.

Celyn Eadon mistakenly allowed to leave court and murdered mother 3 weeks later

A fourth man was arrested on Monday morning in Limerick city in connection with the shooting of Andrew O’Donoghue and is currently being detained at Henry Street Garda station. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Andrew O’Donoghue (51) was killed in a drive-by shooting at Murroe in Co Limerick

Minister for Health Simon Coveney, who has said there was no risk to human health. Photograph: Eric Luke

Confirmation of Louth case will impact Ireland’s risk status, warns Dr Brian Evans of the World Organisation for Animal Health

Andrew O’Donoghue was shot outside the Road Tramps Motorcycle Club Ireland club house Murrore, Co Limerick, at approximately 3.10pm on Saturday.

Victim named as local man and father of one Andrew O’Donoghue (51)

When the Garda watchdog raised the issue with Garda Headquarters, recommending fingerprinting be used to confirm the identity of those arrested, it was ignored. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Lapse at Store Street came to light after case of mistaken identity, says Gsoc report

Two men who shot at armed gardaí in Kildare on Friday morning have been arrested.

Members of force in Co Kildare have been warned about their safety in recent months

Ambulance and fire brigade workers outside the offices of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (Glen) after a suspicious package was sent to the premises. Photograph: @glenLGBT Twitter.

Gardaí, Dublin Fire Brigade and Defence Forces attend Dublin city centre offices

Gerard Farrell, of  We are Dublin Town; Garda Niall Kenny from Pearse Street station;  and Inspector Liam Gerraghty, also  from Pearse Street station, at the launch of a Garda initiative to combat bicycle theft.Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

GPS trackers being used to trace stolen bicycles as numbers of thefts soar

 Gardai near the scene of a shooting in west  Dublin. Photograph:  Paddy Cummins

Victim killed, second man injured in suspected case of mistaken identity

Increasing pressure for an independent investigation into the incident has been coming from the GRA, the biggest Garda staff group, the deceased’s widow and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (Agsi). Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice initiates judge-led inquiry into Gsoc investigation processes

LÉ Eithne crew responding to a distress call from a migrant boat in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces/Flickr

Rescue brings to 649 migrants rescued by LÉ ‘Eithne’ crew in recent weeks

Commentary on Sgt Michael Galvin case ‘inaccurate and inflammatory’ - Gsoc

The Garda Ombudsman described its interaction with Sgt Michael Galvin in the period leading up to his death as appropriate and responsible. Photograph: Collins Photos

Commission cleared Sgt Michael Galvin, who took his own life before hearing the outcome

Gardaí said they believe the two men detained on Friday were on their way to murder a man when their vehicles were stopped in north Dublin.

Suspects detained when vehicles forcibly stopped in north Dublin face charges

Former Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan in a report published last July concluded that information about one of two children taken from their homes in October 2013 in Westmeath and Dublin had “on the balance of probability” been disclosed by a member of the Garda to the journalist who wrote the initial reports on the first child being taken. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Arrest follows 2013 incidents where children taken from families over abduction fears

The scene of a fatal shooting at a house on the Kiltalown Road, Tallaght. Two men were arrested after in connection with the death of a man (35). Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Suspects aged 28 and 18 arrested near scene of fatal attack

Visiting committee reports for 2014 published by Minister for Justice

Gardaí believe they know the identity of the men who carried out the murder of Dubliner Andrew Guerrine. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Detectives identify suspects who killed Dubliner and dumped his body

The woman with 40 names: Cecilia McKitterick faced financial ruin, public exposure and likely imprisonment.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Bodies of Cecilia McKitterick and ‘husband’ Tom Ruttle were found in Limerick this week

Ana Hick: Gardaí believe a man known to her  and her friends had been supplying drugs to some of them since last year

Garda know of man who sold drugs since last year to Ms Hick whose funeral is on Wednesday

Gardaí have released a photograph of the baby found abandoned on the outskirts of Dublin on Friday, May 8th. The baby, who has been named Maria, was found on Steelstown Road, a side road near the Blackchurch Inn in Rathcoole.

Baby, who has been named Maria, was found on Steelstown Road, in Rathcoole, Co Dublin

Gardaí have made an image of the baby available to assist their public appeal.

Baby who has been named Maria was found on side road in Rathcoole earlier this month

Gardaí are expected to interview  friends Ana Hick was socialising with and those in her company when she collapsed. Central to that inquiry will be efforts to establish if the teenager sourced drugs and, if so, from whom.

Gardaí say toxicology results required to determine what drugs, if any, Ana Hick took

Gardaí have visited a girl aged 14 in hospital  and are  investigating  who the father of her two children is.

Garda sources say that the girl became a mother for the first time at the age of 12

Gardaí investigating at the scene where a baby was found abandoned on Steelstown Road in Rathcoole, Co Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gardaí and health authorities say woman should not be afraid to come forward

Jack Marrinan: was GRA general secretary for 27 years. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Dismissed from Garda for demanding change, Marrinan was reinstated and went on to form representative bodies

Some 20 searches were carried out as part of an ongoing Garda investigation into dissident republican activity in Counties Dublin, Louth and Wexford on Wednesday. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Six dissident suspects arrested in Garda operations in Louth, Wexford and Leitrim

Garda Sergeant Maeve O’Sullivan, Rita Byrne principal social worker with Tusla and Superintendent Brendan Connolly showing items similar to those found with the newborn baby girl discovered in Rathcoole, Co Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘Theoretically possible’ investigation might identify parents even if they did not come forward

Sgt Maeve O’Sullivan, Supt Brendan Connolly and Rita Byrne from Tulsa at a press conference on Monday with the items found with the newborn baby girl discovered in Rathcoole, Co Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Gardaí ‘baffled’ by highly unusual location at which child found in shopping carrier bag

Garda preserve the scene on Steelstown Road in Rathcoole, Co Dublin after a baby girl was discovered by a member of the public on Friday. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos.

Concerns for mother of newborn girl due to be raised at press conference on Monday

Prison service chief Michael Donnellan said that while some luxuries extended to inmates might seem too liberal, the service must try to get through to “angry” criminals. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Prison officers’ conference told a ‘humane service’ is about rebuilding broken people

POA threatens industrial action in row over pay

The conference heard that despite efforts by the Irish Prison Service to reduce the flow of contraband, a “drugs, drugs and more drugs” scenario was confronting staff daily

Prison Officers’ Association says inmates supplying drugs will seek to abuse new hotline

The Mountjoy Prison reception wing. Prison officers have claimed a prisoner who recently stabbed staff in Mountjoy was given €65 and a birthday cake just days after lashing out at the two officers. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

POA claims Mountjoy prisoner given €65 and a cake just days after attacking officers

Midlands Prison in Portlaoise: Last month, an officer there was slashed by a prisoner. Photograph:    Bryan O’Brien

Prison Officers’ Association meeting hears inmate attacks on officers at ‘critical levels’

At the opening of the POA’s annual conference in Co Clare, association general secretary John Clinton said the prison service needed to act much more decisively to stem the increased number of knife attacks on officers. Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill

Prison Officers’ Association says six members have suffered serious attacks in six weeks

The village of Clonroche in Co Wexford. A man and a woman have been found dead in a house in the area of suspected drug overdoses.

Bodies of man and woman found in upstairs bedroom of a house in Clonroche

Delegation to Brussels includes parents of man killed by a hit-and-run driver, and parents of four-year-old killed in an unexplain(...)

The automatic number plate recognition system installed in Garda cars  cost about €6 million. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Number plate recognition system incorrectly flagged almost every vehicle as uninsured

A mural in Dublin’s Temple Bar supporting a Yes vote in the same-sex referendum. The Garda’s representative body has called for a yes. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Garda Representative Association urges rank and file to vote Yes in same-sex referendum

Sean Connolly, in grey tracksuit, from Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell, Dublin, arriving at the Special Criminal Court in December 2012  where he was charged with the murder of Eamon Kelly.  File photograph: Collins Courts

Convicted man a ruthless dissident republican gunman who killed for money

 Former Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland Nuala O’Loan:  “The guards need to be building confidence, not losing it. It is not the function of police officers who are sworn to uphold the law, to challenge the law and call for people to change the law in this way.”  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Former police ombudsman in North Nuala O’Loan criticises GRA for taking stnce

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