The Garda Inspectorate has compiled 11 major reports to date and made 574 recommendations – which it says have always been accepted, just not always implemented. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Focus on whistleblowers has obscured deep-seated culture of fear and blame

Garda Reserve recruits  take their oaths: numbers peaked at  1,162 members in 2013 but have  since declined to 789 members. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

AGSI members processing prisoners will use Pulse on first day of action, association says

  Acting deputy chief inspector Éimear Fisher of the   Garda Síochána Inspectorate with   deputy chief inspector   Mark Toland: Replying to questions from Senator Frances Black at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Ms  Fisher said “it’s not necessary to have new leadership to have cultural change”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Acting deputy chief inspector says force can modernise without changes to management

Garda Síochána Inspectorate deputy chief inspector Mark Toland said: “We’ve recommended they need to knock on doors, let people know they’re actually patrolling their streets.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Officers on patrol can be more visible by ‘knocking on doors’, inspectorate says

Acting Deputy Chief Inspector Eimear Fisher and Deputy Chief Inspector Mark Toland of the Garda Síochána Inspectorateate Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

‘People are not always on duty at the right times, in the right places, doing the right things’

 Some 2,000 sergeants and inspectors and 10,500 rank-and-file gardaí – in a force numbering just over 13,000 – are planning to strike. Photograph: Alan Betson

But GRA insists State security must not be compromised despite anger over pay

CAB and customs officers searching a garage in Dublin city on Tuesday. Photograph:  Padraig O’Reilly

Searches target Clondalkin-based criminal believed to be laundering money via motor trade

Dubbed a “withdrawal” of service by Agsi and the GRA, the four days of action by gardaí are a strike in all but name.   File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

10,500 rank-and-file gardaí and 2,000 senior members won't work four days

AGSI deputy general secretary John Jacob, AGSI president Antoinette Cunningham and  solicitor Michael Hegarty: Cunningham believes no gardaí   will be breaking the law. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

On the four ‘strike’ days, there will be just a few hundred officers keeping country safe

Antoinette Cunningham president of the Association of Garda Sergeants & Inspectors (AGSI) talks to reporters. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

AGSI special delegate conference decides to join rank-and-file colleagues in GRA

Richard Bruton: the Minister for Education’s spokesman said the decision of the ASTI not to co-operate with contingency plans means widespread schools closures are now inevitable. Photograph: Alan Betson

Agsi conference delegates likely to support unprecedented industrial action

Mick Wallace left red-faced as O’Sullivan tells committee how she conquered headhunters

Former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan. Brendan Howlin has said it was a ‘worry’ that  Mr Callinan’s SIM card had never been accessed by the Fennelly Commission. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Labour leader concerned Fennelly never got access to Garda commissioner’s card

Reports have been given to Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan who has lodged them with Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald in line with legal obligations. Photographs: The Irish Times

Government sources indicate inquiry to be independent of Department of Justice

Gardaí at the scene of an attemped cash-in-transit van raid in Dunboyne, Co Meath yesterday. The van was delivering cash to a bank ATM when raiders struck. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

One of those detained in Dunboyne, Co Meath, regarded as a leading criminal figure

Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill has been appointed by Government to examine the latest allegations made by Garda whistleblowers and to report his findings within six weeks. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill will report findings to Government within six weeks

The suspect has been described by Garda as a ‘high level target’ and was detained along with two other men well known to the force. Stock photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Man was one of three arrested during attempted armed robbery outside bank

Ciaran O’Neill, president of the GRA, speaking following a meeting at the Department of Justice. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

GRA describes talks on strike and pay issues as ‘open and frank’

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: she is now long enough in the job for the problems to be of her era, not Callinan’s

New allegations call into question the force’s ability to reform its culture

Garda forensic team at the site of a multiple stabbing on South Circular Road, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Victim Leo Carolan (25) killed in Dublin flat, second man found with knife wound in neck

The Garda press office issued a statement  saying Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan “would like to make it clear that she was not privy to nor approved of any action designed to target any Garda employee who may have made a protected disclosure and would condemn any such action”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Garda Commissioner says she did not approve of any action to ‘target’ an officer

The scene in Millrose Estate, Bluebell, Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Man in his 70s continued to live in house for weeks without moving brother’s body

Antoinette Cunningham, President of the Association of Garda Sergeants & Inspectors (AGSI) and Garda colleagues head to a meeting with the Minister for Justice today. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Strike threat on pay: AGSI meets Minister for Justice to have ‘frank exchange of views’

A house on the Millrose Estate in Bluebell, where the bodies of two brothers were discovered. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

One of the men may have been dead for some time and other man did not alert authorities

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed that disclosures have been made to her under whistleblower provisions in recent days.

Officers claim orchestrated campaign to discredit previous whistleblower

Gardaí at the scene on the South Circular Road in Dublin where a man was found stabbed to death.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí find second man injured near South Circular Road and are seeking third man

While  burglaries and certain kinds of thefts have risen, public order crime has declined by 46 per cent from its peak in 2008, with drug crime having fallen by 35 per cent since the cocaine boom went bang along with the wider economy. And gun crime  has also declined by more than half. Photograph: iStockphoto

Crime in Ireland has been in freefall as disposable income to fuel criminal activity dries up

The most significant element of the new data revealed a significant drop in the number of recorded burglaries. Photograph: Getty Images

Murders, gun crime, public order and thefts of vehicles all in retreat by more than 50%

Gardaí  near the scene where a man’s body was found at  Ballinascorney Hill, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Body of Michael McCoy (61) discovered on Ballinascorney Hill in Brittas on Friday

 Image from a Garda Representative Association protest outside Government Buildings in Dublin earlier this year. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Contingency plans are being drawn up amid threat of industrial action by gardaí

Delegates attending the Garda Representative Association meeting in Co Offaly earlier this week. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Pay and recruitment freezes, unsocial hours, more red tape. Garda patience has run out

Some 17 per cent of offences recorded on the Garda’s call and dispatch (CAD) system could not be found on the force’s PULSE computerised database. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

No criminal charges in relation to two-thirds of homicides and 92% of burglaries last year

Josephine Feehily, chairwoman of the Policing Authority:  “We cannot expect an excellent service from a policing service that just does not have the people in post.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Head of Policing Authority says reduced staffing levels within the force are a ‘problem’

Under Operation Thor gardaí have been establishing checkpoints and other intelligence-led operations to bring to justice travelling gangs who have been involved in large numbers of break-ins. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Clampdown results in 26% fall in break-ins across the State in 12 months to end of June

There were just over 14,000 burglaries and related offences recorded in the first six months of last year and just over 9,000 in the first six months of this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Latest CSO report identifies decline in reported crimes but also questions reliability of data

The Government has “affirmed” the Garda Representative Association’s (GRA) right to have direct access to future pay talks. Photograph: Frank Miller

Government agrees to Garda Representative Association having direct access to future pay talks

A file image showing new gardai at Templemore.  A Garda Representative Association (GRA) ballot of its members shows 95 per cent of those who voted are so dissatisfied with their pay and conditions they would consider some form of industrial action. Photograph: The Irish Times

GRA vote shows 95% so dissatisfied they would consider some form of industrial action

Image from a Spanish police video showing the joint Spanish police-Garda operation on September 14th.

Crime in the city is to become focus of debate, one year into Kinahan-Hutch gang feud

Des Dalton, the president of Republican Sinn Féin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dissident group will be represented at Russian event alongside separatist movements

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said the Government would consider proposals to give stronger powers to Gsoc. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ombudsman wants the ability to compel An Garda Síochána to surrender evidence

Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe’s widow Caroline (centre) receives a posthumous Scott Medal for bravery from Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan (left) and Minister for Justice Francis Fitzgerald at a ceremony at Templemore Garda Training College. Photograph: PA

Commissioner determined to bring killers of detective in Co Louth to justice

 Chair of Gsoc Judge Mary Ellen Ring and Gsoc member Carmel Foley before appearing before the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Garda Ombudsman seeks ability to compel force to surrender evidence in malpractice cases

Judge Mary Ellen Ring, who is also the chairwoman of Gsoc, has said Garda co-operation has been poor while the force’s cultural shift towards greater transparency has been slow.  Photograph: Courts Collins

Oireachtas committee told Garda’s shift towards transparency has been slow

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission chairwoman Judge Mary Ellen Ring appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality on Wednesdsay. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Judge Mary Ellen Ring tells committee the watchdog still has ‘teething’ problems

The Defence Forces has not been screening military personnel properly before prescribing the controversial anti-malaria drug Lariam,  a support group for soldiers has said. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Defence Forces accused of failing personnel when prescribing the anti-malaria drug

A  woman has told gardaí a member of staff raped her as she was undressing for an examination in the Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee, Co Kerry.  File photograph: Thinkstock/Getty Images

Alleged rapist has not been arrested and full-scale criminal investigation is under way

A resident in recovery at the Merchants Quay residential facility on Grace Park Road, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

‘I took tablets one Thursday and woke up in the police station on Sunday’

Counsellor Emma Geoghegan talking to a resident in recovery at the Merchants Quay residential facility on Gracepark Road, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Kieran, from Limerick, describes time in jail and his efforts to escape drug addiction

Since 2011, there has been a 35 per cent rise in demand for Merchant’s Quay Ireland’s needle-exchange service. File photograph: Getty Images

Catherine Byrne says she would fight to retain needle exchange in south inner city

The funeral of Gary Hutch last year. Hutch was shot dead in Spain. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

James Quinn (34) has spent time in prison and has convictions for violent crimes

An image released by the Garda showing a man being arrested in Spain as part of an investigation into the murder of Gary Hutch on the Costa Del Sol last year.

Sight of Spanish boots on the ground in Dublin and gardaí in Marbella unprecedented

An image released by gardaí showing a man being arrested in Spain as part of an investigation into the murder of Gary Hutch on the Costa del Sol last year.

Searches in Dublin see €23,000 cash, computers and false identification papers seized

The Minister for Justice said she was continuing to prioritise “dealing more effectively with criminals who prey on householders”. Photograph: Getty Images

Burglary down 34% but Minister urges vigilance in the face of ‘terrifying’ experience

Gardaí have arrested more than 30 people in a major operation across Co Carlow involving 120 Garda members including gardaí on horseback and the Garda helicopter.

Arrests linked to fraud, drugs and theft as gardaí seek to ease rural crime concerns

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr (left) and Garda Det Chief Superintendent Peter Kirwan  meeting at Garda headquarters to discuss North-South issues. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Top PSNI officer comments as law agencies discuss cross-Border task force

The hearse carrying the coffin of Clodagh Hawe arrives at St Mary’s Church in Castlerahan, Co Cavan, where the funeral of the Hawe family was taking place. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Social media commenters were so certain: Clodagh Hawe didn’t matter to the media and the front pages proved it

More than 3,000 new gardaí will be hired over next four years.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

More than 3,000 gardaí will be hired over next four years to bring force to 15,000

Philip Finnegan (24), who was last seen at his home in Dublin 8 on August 10th.

Gardaí launch inquiry after discovery of Philip Finnegan’s body in Co Kildare woods

What lessons can be taken from the Hawe family  case to reduce the chances of such awful acts happening again, or at the very least to reduce their frequency? File photograph: Getty Images

Latest deaths will not be recorded or studied by the State in any substantive way

Gardaí at the scene in Drumalee Park off the North Circular Road in Dublin 7 where shots were fired at a house. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Shooting linked to the intended target in Spain when Trevor O’Neill was shot dead

Family handout photo of (left to right) Alan Hawe with his wife Clodagh and their children Liam (13), Niall (11) and Ryan (6), who died in a suspected murder-suicide at their countryside house in Co Cavan. Photograph: Hawes/Coll families/PA Wire

National suicide body warns reporting graphic detail can lead to copycat cases

The scene in Marshbrook, Co Offaly on the R446 road, where an 11-year-old boy died. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Boy’s death brings death toll of cyclists this year to eight

Gardaí outside the house at Oakdene, Barconey near Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, where the Hawe family died. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Gardaí continue to examine house where Alan Hawe killed his wife and three sons

Gardaí at Barconey Heights in Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Garda Technical Bureau examine property where five family members were found dead

Alan Hawe with his sons Ryan (6), Liam(13) and Niall (11) at an East Cavan Eagles basketball game in May of this year.

Detectives look for indications of pressure in investigation into murder-suicide motive

Adenocarcinoma cancer cells under a microscope. Some cervical cancers are of this type. File photograph: Getty Images

Irish Cancer Society says fall coincided with publicity on ‘alleged illnesses’ due to vaccine

The submachine gun found by gardaí during a raid in Castleknock, Dublin. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Man arrested and brought to Blanchardstown Garda station

The headquarters of the Olympic Council of Ireland, in Howth, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Council meeting goes ahead despite six members being named in court warrant

Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) Board members Sonia O’Sullivan (right) and CEO of Swim Ireland Sarah Keane arrive at the offices of law firm Arthur Cox in Dublin City centre where the OCI held a meeting to discuss the Olympic tickets controversy.  Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Olympic Council of Ireland also hires accountancy firm to review Rio ticketing arrangements

It is exactly 20 years on Tuesday since Fiona Pender disappeared.

Pender family has endured many false dawns since last sighting of daughter in 1996

Fiona  Pender (25) went missing from her flat at Church Street in Tullamore, Co Offaly,  on the morning of August 23rd, 1996. The 20th anniversary of her disappearance falls on Tuesday.

Direction from DPP hard to obtain without interviewing suspect now abroad, say gardaí

The scene of the shooting on Stannaway Road, Crumlin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Dublin gardaí appeal for witnesses after man in 30s shot multiple times on Stannaway Rd

Funeral last October of Gary Hutch who was shot dead in Spain. In the months since then, 10 people have died as a result of the Kinahan-Hutch family feud.

Killing may only end when there is no one left to hit back, says Garda source

The scene on Wednesday night in a resort near Santa Ponsa where Trevor O’Neill was shot dead in an apparent case of mistaken identity. Photograph:

Irish holidaymaker shot dead as killer targeted member of Hutch family in Majorca

Victims of the Hutch-Kinahan feud: (clockwise from top left): Gary Hutch, David Byrne, Eddie Hutch, Michael Barr, Martin O’Rourke and Noel Duggan.

The murder of Trevor O’Neill comes almost a year after the first killing in Spain

Trevor O’Neill: shot dead in Majorca. Photograph: Facebook

Assassins flee scene after Trevor O’Neill shot dead in Costa de la Calma on Spanish island

Garda spotted a man cycling one of the stolen racing bikes in Dublin city. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Garda spotted specialist mountain bikes stolen from a vehicle owned by tourist

Photograph of Philip Cairns from when he went missing in 1986.

DJ Gareth O’Callaghan does not believe Eamon Cooke played part in boy’s disappearance

Cannabis was discovered in  postal  sorting centres  640 times last year

Customs & Excise report 10-fold increase with most from South Africa and Spain

Three men were arrested in Dublin’s north inner city in an operation involving local gardaí backed by members of the Emergency Response Unit. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Gardaí backed by Emergency Response Unit arrested three men in north Dublin

Gardaí are investigating a woman’s claims that she was held against her will in a Dublin apartment and possibly drugged. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Woman says she was held against her will in a Dublin apartment and possibly drugged

Glass bottles broken and thrown during public order incident at weekend

More than one-third of the failed asylum-seekers the State decided to deport in the last 15 years are unaccounted for, according to new data. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

State did not carry out checks to make sure ‘voluntary’ deportees left the country

One Garda officers said: “These people are effectively travelling around looking for somewhere to make their life.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Common travel area with UK facilitates rejected applicants who want to try elsewhere

The car and the contents found inside  by gardaí are undergoing forensic examination.

Vehicle that had two firearms and ammunition inside was found in Finglas

The Garda was forced to put an emergency plan in place in recent days after an external source tried to hack into the force’s data systems. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Incident being investigated by Computer Crime Unit in fraud squad

The Garda Representative Association said: “In light of these recent events, it’s vital that the use of Tasers is seriously examined as a deterrent for use by front-line members working 24/7 in An Garda Síochána.” File photograph: Getty Images

Garda Representative Association incensed at ‘savage’ attack on Dublin night-time patrol

Schoolboy Philip Cairns (13)  went missing after leaving his south Dublin home to return to school one day in 1986 after having lunch.

Gardaí say aspects of claims by woman confirmed, are treating them very seriously

File image of a man seeking to steal a car.  Gardaí are investigating a suspected  crime network  specialising in breaking into houses to steal car keys before driving off in the vehicles. File photograph: Getty Images

Man and accomplice stopped on Naas Road in early hours after being pursued by gardaí

Gardaí at the  scene of a shooting at a scrapyard in Greenhills Road, Dublin. Photograph: Mark Hilliard/The Irish Times

Victim of suspected case of mistaken identity expected to survive attack in Walkinstown

The post office in Waterville, Co Kerry. Photograph: Google Streetview

Suspects rammed a Garda car on Wednesday following a raid on a post office in Waterville

The post office in Waterville, Co Kerry. Image: Google Streetview

Gsoc investigates incident as two men held after ‘brazen’ armed robbery in Waterville

Prison officers are receiving the equivalent of almost two weeks’ pay each year for overtime hours that they have not worked, a report has found. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New system for extra hours pay is criticised in Comptroller and Auditor General report

The Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrats introduced the cost-saving plan during the boom. Library photograph: iStock

Annualised hours system to control overtime has been an abject failure, says C&AG report

Mary Boyle was last seen alive in the afternoon of March 18th, 1977.

Separately officers are carrying out a cold case review of evidence gathered since 1977

 A file photo of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan during her meeting with  The Policing Authority. Photograph: Collins

Move comes two weeks after Commissioner warned vacancies putting policing at risk

The twin sister of missing Mary Boyle wants an investigation into why information about the case that appeared in the media was not relayed to her first.

Ann Doherty wants to know if mooted review of girl’s disappearance is to take place

Mary Boyle was six years old when she went missing on 18th March, 1977, from her grandmother’s house near Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.

Gemma O’Doherty’s video about missing girl teturns to air after temporary removal

Gardaí examine the scene of a shooting in Dun Emer Place, in Lusk, Co Dublin on Tuesday on this week. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Christopher Maguire remains in critical condition after being at Dun Emer Place

The move by the Garda Representative Association follows a similar announcement by the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors last month. Photograph: Frank Miller

GRA ‘reluctantly’ withdraws from implementation of programme

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