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

Independent TD Clare Daly said she “didn’t make the allegation. It was made to the Taoiseach over a year ago by the person who actually has the information”. Photo: The Irish Times

TD made Dail claim that a Garda shot dead a civilian and covered it up

Independent TD Clare Daly’s allegations are being looked into, according to Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

TD called on to back up Dáil claims of civilian shooting by garda and attempted cover-up

The Garda Representative Association said it was aware of cases of gardaí sleeping in their cars to save the money it would cost to travel home. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Garda Representative Association conference told gardaí want ‘a living wage’

Garda Representative Association president, Dermot O’Brien: “When you have 10 or 15 guards being brought to a water protest, that’s tying up resources that could be used somewhere else, in deterring burglaries and crime somewhere else.” Photograph: Conor Ó’Mearáin

GRA president claims there is a ‘sinister element’ which has threatened gardaí

A file image of gardaí graduating from the Garda Training College in Templemore. The Garda Representative Association said those leading the force need to be  speak out about how  Government cuts are damaging policing.

Garda Representative Association says politics needs to be taken out of policing

Rank-and-file gardaí want to take a vote of no confidence in the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

If passed, it would indicate a significant worsening of relations between GSOC and gardaí

Attending the Garda graduations in Templemore on Thursday were the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald meeting the graduates as Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan hands out their Garda id cards. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

Letter revealed in Dáil this week sent by GSOC to solicitor is almost two years old

The Irish Prison Service said the two officers had been taken to hospital with ‘slash wounds, which while serious are not thought to be life threatening’.

One officer stabbed in head, the second received injuries to his back and chest

Garda body says members co-operated with investigation into Clare Daly arrest

Detective says legislation ‘very strong’ for child victims but not so for adults

Photograph of Ciara Breen released by gardaí when she went missing in 1997

Ciara, last seen at her Dundalk home in 1997, was 17 at the time she went missing

An age progression image of Ciara Breen showing how she may appear today, age 36.

Ciara, who was 17 at the time, last seen at her home at Bachelors Walk, Dundalk

The Midlands Prison in Portlaoise: one of Ireland’s most modern prisons, it  houses a number of killers who, while not convicted of any sex offences, had a sexual dimension to their crimes.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Murderer begins new life in prison system as a sentenced inmate and is processed again, this time as lifer

In today’s terms, Dean Lyons  would be classified as having a moderate general learning disability

Dean Lyons made a bogus admission, apparently as an attention seeking exercise

Following his conviction for the 1997 double murders of  Mary Callanan (61) and Sylvia Shiels (60), Mark Nash will be serving four life sentences

Has been in jail for last 18 years after brutal double murder in Roscommon

Mark Nash (centre) is taken from the Bridewell Court in Dublin after he was charged in October 2009 in connection with the killings of Sylvia Shields and Mary Callinan in Grangegorman in 1997. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Mark Nash and Dean Lyons both made admissions to killings in sheltered accommodation

Murder victim Sylvia Shiels.

From March 7th, 1997 until April 20th, 2015

Gardaí do not believe 37-year-old Dubliner Joseph Whelan was the victim of foul play.

Body found in Co Cavan lake believed to be missing man

The rise in the number of life sentences reflects the increasingly violent nature of crime, especially among organised criminals, as well as the success of the Garda in bringing criminals before the courts

NUI Galway study finds a high increase in number of prisoners serving life terms

 Nóirín O’Sullivan: “Policing is a profession that needs a constant influx of new people.” Photograph: Alan Betson

About 500 recruits a year needed to deal with new crime trends, says Nóirín O’Sullivan

The Association of Garda Superintendents has been told that the plan to recruit 300 new officers is not enough to keep pace with the numbers leaving the force.

Delegates warned new recruitment process is insufficient to keep pace with those leaving

The number of burglaries is higher now than at the height of the economic boom. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sentencing and bail changes are poor substitute for Garda resources

Eamonn Lillis, jailed for killing his wife Celine Cawley in 2008, leaving Wheatfield Prison in  Dublin on Saturday on his release.   Photograph: Dave Meehan

Lillis served five years and two months of sentence for killing his wife in 2008

Garda preserve the scene of the fatal stabbing  on Phibsboro Road in Dublin.  Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photography

Victim was still alive when gardaí arrived but died later in a Dublin hospital

File photo of Eamonn Lillis leaving the Criminal Courts Complex in Dublin in 2010. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Release from prison echoes coverage of Celine Cawley’s death and 2010 trial

Eamonn Lillis spent some of his time in jail taking foreign language lessons and attending art classes, where he honed his painting skills. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Former TV executive, convicted of killing wife, has temporary release order withdrawn

File photograph of Eamonn Lillis being escorted to a prison van. Lillis was jailed in 2010 for the manslaughter of his wife, Celine Cawley. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former television executive had told gardaí an intruder attacked Celine Cawley

 John Redmond, general secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (Agsi), speaks to    Garda Commissioner  Nóirín O’Sullivan at the association’s annual conference. Photograph: Barry Cronin/barrycronin.com

Names and addresses of some gardaí published on social media and other websites

Nóirín O’Sullivan, Garda Commissioner: “It is a matter of regret to An Garda Síochána that . . . nobody has been brought to justice for that crime. It remains an ongoing, live and open investigation.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Commissioner says she will add to team of data analysts that helped convict Graham Dwyer

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Ms O’Sullivan’s tenure thus far has been criticised at the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (Agsi) conference.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

AGSI conference says it is disappointed with Nóirín O’Sullivan’s failure to meet promises

Fr Niall Molloy  died in Clara, Co Offaly, in July 1985. A high-level Government-commissioned review has concluded that no further inquiry into the matter is warranted because the passage of time makes it impractical.

No further investigation of noted 1985 case warranted, says Minister for Justice

Garda sergeants and inspectors have called into question the safety of the force’s Tetra radio system, saying some experts have likened using it inside a vehicle or Garda station to “being inside a microwave oven”

Experts liken using the system inside a vehicle or Garda station to ‘being inside a microwave oven’

AGSI general secretary John Redmond: ‘The fact the jury found there was no conspiracy; that’s important for the reputation of the Garda organisation.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda reputation helped by outcome of high-profile cases, says AGSI chief

Dwyer has been considered by the Garda as a suspect for the 1999 stabbing and murder of Raonaid Murray (17) in Glenageary, south Dublin

Clear evidence Dwyer’s stabbing fetish went back two decades, claim informed sources

The Courts of Criminal Justice where the trial was held. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Average life sentence currently 17 years, up from 7½ in 1970s and 1980sSmall group of notorious killers kept in prison for up to 5(...)

The Courts Service says it is very mindful those men and woman of he jury  played a vital role in the trial. “Such service can exact a major toll on jurors”

Jurors viewed videos of Graham Dwyer stabbing and mock stabbing women during sex

Members of the Garda investigations team leaving court after a jury found Graham Dwyer guilty of the murder of Elaine O’Hara. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Judge said he agreed with guilty verdict ‘110 per cent’ and sentence will be on April 20th

A screengrab from a YouTube video of Graham Dwyer flying his model aircraft

Murderer flew planes in races almost every weekend

 Graham Dwyer  pictured leaving the Four Courts in December 2013  after his bail application was refused following a Supreme Court hearing. Photograph: Collins Courts

Legal restrictions prevented the reporting of some facts

Thirteen months elapsed between the murder and the events that led to the massive investigation that has now seen Dwyer found guilty.

Variation in any of these factors might have seen him get away with Elaine O’Hara killing

 Graham and Gemma Dwyer at home in Gulistan Cottages, Dublin 6, in May 2007. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Graham Dwyer profile: Architect whose life had all the appearances of settled success

Bullet holes in the windscreen of the vehicle in which the victim was shot, in  Church Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Paul Kavanagh suspected by underworld figures of involvment in murder last year

Gardaí and emergency crews at the scene in north Dublin. Photograph: Conor Lally

Second man believed to have been injured in Church Avenue attack

Among the resources drafted into Dublin city centre are Garda trucks that have been fitted with holding cells. Photograph: Conor Lally

Lorries will be used to lock violent or drunk offenders away from each other

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