Gardaí in Crumlin are leading the investigation. Photograph: The Irish Times

Woman (53) says that in order to conceal the pregnancies babies were taken from her

Prisoners who attacked staff given privileges like cake and fish tanks, claim officers

Gardaí in Crumlin are leading the investigation, which involves a dig in the house’s back garden, after the woman came forward last year to say she was the vitctim of sexual abuse at the hands of men she knew as a child

Crumlin officers leading investigation after woman alleges she was abused as child in 1970s

Gardaí at the Sunset House, Summerhill, where Michael Barr was shot dead on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Bryne/The Irish Times

‘Intensive programme of Garda recruitment’ under way to help end Dublin gang violence

A file image from 2009 of Gary Campion, who was found unconscious in his cell at Mountjoy Prison on Thursday morning.

Convicted killer Gary Campion was found unresponsive in a cell in Mountjoy Prison

Gardaí are preparing to excavate the garden of a house in south Dublin where a woman has alleged two children she gave birth to were murdered and buried.

Woman, who says she was victim of abuse, claims to have given birth to two children

Prison officers are to seek a meeting with Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to urge An Garda Síochána to investigate attacks on prison staff by prisoners. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Officers also demand criminal inquiries when inmates are found with contraband

A file image from Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison. The Prison Officers’ Association says there are 18 different criminal factions in the jail. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Few precautions taken to prevent repeats of clashes between gangs, conference told

A file image from 2009 of Gary Campion, who was found unconscious in his cell at Mountjoy Prison on Thursday morning.

Convicted killer Gary Campion was found unresponsive in a cell in Mountjoy Prison

 The interior of Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Prison officers want a system of isolation to deal with those in Kinahan and Hutch gangs

 Flowers left at the Sunset House pub, Dublin, after the killing of Michael Barr this week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Kinahan-Hutch murders: Some at risk have failed to take basic security precautions

While the Government has suggested 600 new recruits would be enrolled at the Garda College, Templemore, Co Tipperary, this year the real figure will be only 450, sources said. File photograph: Alan Betson

Just 450 expected to be enrolled in Templemore, half level recommended by AGSI

Officers  insisted the public should be assured the force was continuing armed and high-visibility patrols in feud hotspots. Photograph: Eric Luke

Extra Garda patrols were in place close to Sunset House pub when killers struck

The body of Thomas Farnan  is removed from the  house in the Kilcronin Estate, Clondalkin where he was shot dead on Monday night. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Thomas Farnan (37) a minor criminal who was once jailed for breaking garda’s leg

Gardaí at the Sunset House, Summerhill, Tuesday morning. Assistant commissioner John Twomey said the resolve of his officers would not be shaken by the recent upsurge in violence in the capital. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Investigations underway into gun deaths at Summerhill and Clondalkin in Dublin

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting of Michael Barr at the Sunset House pub on Summerhill in Dublin where forensic tests were being carried out on Tuesday  morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí right to cite low 2015 murder rate but it has exploded this year, writes Conor Lally

Mr Farnan was gunned down at his home on Kilcronan Close, Clondalkin, at about 11.50pm. Photograph: Dan Griffin/The Irish Times

Victim Thomas Farnan (37) had a history of chaotic offending from teenage years

 Nóirín O’Sullivan: she said gardaí also had pepper spray and the asp baton to aid them in dealing with violent situations. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

O’Sullivan says Regional Support Unit will contribute to armed response sought by some in GRA

Gardaí and forensic teams remove a body from the scene of the shooting at Sunset House, Summerhill, this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Second man shot in Clondalkin after killing at Sunset House pub on Summerhill Parade

Josaphine Feehily (left) chairperson of the Policing Authority with John Twomey, deputy commissioner, and Nóirín O’Sullivan, Garda Commissioner, at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham for their meeting on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Authority and Garda meetings will have to be more robust to have any credibility

Gardaí say there is a chronic need for additional armed cover on a 24-hour basis. Photograph: Frank Miller

Salary restoration and ‘city pay allowance’ will be among motions at GRA conference

Joshua Molloy

Father ‘jumping for joy’ at release of former British army soldier from Co Laois

The result is an embarrassment for the leadership of the GRA,  which had recommended its members vote in favour. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Garda Representative Association members reject proposals by two to one margin

 The head of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission “the first responsibility for bringing [gardaí] back into line” lay with their Garda officer managers and not the watchdog. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gsoc head says force must take greater responsibility rather than deferring to watchdog

 Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan: determined to create a Garda force that other police organisations around the world would look to as the example of best practice. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Force needs to catch up with technology and other key skills, says commissioner

Newly qualified gardaí marching  at the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Superintendents meeting hears additional recruitment is necessary to ensure adequate policing

Cyclist Stephen Roche’s triumphant homecoming to Ireland in 1987 after winning the Tour De France. His victory sparked a new wave of interest in cycling.

As well as the thousands commuting by bike, cycling is among Ireland’s top three participation sports

Joshua Molly told a newspaper correspondent in Syria last April he was partly motivated by a desire to fight Isis

Laois native Joshua Molloy in British army for four years but travelled to Syria in 2015

Fr Peter McVerry: “I can’t see it ending until both sides wipe each other out. Neither side is going to pull back.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Activist believes Hutch-Kinahan feud set to go on until ‘both sides wipe each other out’

 Gardai at the scene of the  shooting on Dublin’s Sheriff Street on Thursday  afternoon. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Hutch associate was seriously wounded by gardaí during botched robbery

Martin O’Rourke (24) from George’s Hill, Dublin 7 was shot dead, apparently in a case of mistaken identity. Photograph: Garda

McVerry:‘He was harmless, quiet, likeable. He had drug problem, had tried to address it’

Gardaí at the scene of a fatal shooting in Dublin’s Sheriff Street. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gardaí believe man (24) was killed on Sheriff Street as a result of mistaken identity

Gardaí at the scene of a shooting on Dublin’s Sheriff Street which happened at around 12.30pm. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

The circumstances of the murders in the Hutch-Kinahan feud speak volumes

Gardaí have called to businesses in the Sheriff Street area, beside the IFSC financial centre, to seize CCTV images from the many cameras recording there. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Victim caught up in gangland feud had slept rough on the streets

‘Many front line members do not know on a daily or weekly basis, what the current threat level in Ireland is and we are asking that this is rectified immediately,’ said Sgt Antoinette Cunningham, on behalf of Agsi’s national executive. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Gardaí would ‘run around like headless chickens’ if attack took place, conference told

Chief Inspector Bob Olsen of the Garda inspectorate addressing the Agsi conference. Photograph: Paul Mealey

Garda manpower being absorbed by duplicated roles, says head of Garda Inspectorate

File photograph of Policing Authority chairwoman Josephine Feehily: “I think the public meetings are our biggest soft power in asking the commissioner questions.”

Josephine Feehily says policing benefits from ‘the maximum transparency possible’

 Delegates voting on a motion at the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) annual conference in Westport, Co. Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Government seeks to replace payments to gardaí for working unsocial hours

Sgt Tony McCarthy at the AGSI conference: “Recruitment hasn’t kept up with retirements and we’ve lost a lot of experienced people”. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus.

‘Pay is the big issue. Members simply don’t have the money to pay their bills’

A French police officer wearing a body-worn camera. File photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

AGSI publishes patrol car clip as part of debate on body cameras for officers

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan declined to comment on growing industrial unrest within the force. Photograph: Alan Betson

Anger within force as middle management prepare for industrial action

Tim Galvin, president of  the Association of Garda Sergents and Inspectors (AGSI) at the annual conference in Westport, Co Mayo.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan / Phocus.

Garda conference hears O’Sullivan ‘getting her priorities wrong’

Members of the Garda outside the Dáil. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Association to decide on form of campaign to have pay cuts restored

Police Authority chair Josephine Feehily  said the new code would build on the existing Garda solemn declaration

Policing Authority says deadline for submissions is May 8th

A suspect in a double murder  flew from Northern Ireland to Alicante, where he was arrested disembarking from a flight at the airport (above) on Tuesday night. File photograph: Google Street View

Charred remains of Anthony Burnett and Joseph Redmond found in burnt-out car in 2012

Irish teenagers and young adults are the biggest users of illegal psychoactive drugs in the EU, according to a new study.

Ireland accounts for 5% of all ecstasy seizures, according to Europol report

Experts perform destructive testing of the balcony from the Library Gardens apartment block in Berkeley at the secured warehouse of the Alameda County district attorney’s office

US firm denies liability and claims students killed may have had some responsibility

The Glasnevin wall was inspired by the International Memorial of Notre Dame de Lorette in France. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Memorial wall lists names of all who died in 1916 – Irish and British

Annie McCarrick: American student was last seen in Johnnie Fox’s pub in Glencullen, Co Wicklow, on March 26th, 1993.

American student disappeared without trace while living in south Dublin 23 years ago

Michaella McCollum Connolly (left) and Melissa Reid attend court at the Justice Court of Callao, Peru, on August 21st, 2013. File photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

Drug smuggler received parole but unclear if she is allowed to return home to Co Tyrone

Acting Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New CSO statistics show a decrease in the numbers of murders and burglaries

Outgoing Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald: “The latest crime figures show we need to maintain investment in Garda resources.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Frances Fitzgerald welcomes decrease but says there is no room for complacency

The Republic’s murder rate has fallen to a two-decade low, according to the latest official crime figures. There were 30 murders last year, down from 52 in 2014; a decline of some 42 per cent. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Increase in number of sexual offences and rapes recorded but fewer burglaries reported

A 2008 file photograph of Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt, who has been released from prison after serving a  sentence for directing terrorism. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Republican claims he has been wrongly blamed for 1998 Omagh bomb

Gardaí examine a car that was found burned out near the scene of Wednesday’s fatal shooting of Noel Duggan in Ratoath, Co Meath. Photograph: Collins Dublin

Gardaí expect further attacks despite arrests and discovery of firearms in Co Meath

Gardaí examine a BMW in Cairn Court near the scene  of a fatal shooting in the Old Mill Estate, Ratoath, Co Meath. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Men believed to be linked to Hutch gang found with rifles after death of Noel Duggan

Three men have been arrested after being intercepted by gardaí and found in possession of assault rifles and ammunition.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times.

Three men arrested after haul discovered near Ratoath believed to be linked to Hutch gang

 Gardai examine a BMW found burned out in Cairn Court near the scene of the fatal shooting of Noel Duggan in The Old Mill Estate, Ratoath, Co Meath, on Wednesday night. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins.

Ratoath victim Noel Duggan was a criminal past the height of his powers

A covered car is removed on Thursday from the scene of the fatal shooting in Ratoath, Co Meath of Noel Duggan.

Body of removed from scene of Co Meath shooting as gardaí appeal for witnesses

The scene of the shooting in Ratoath, Co Meath.

Noel Duggan earned vast sums from his involvement in cigarette smuggling

The scene of the shooting in Ratoath, Co Meath.

Gardaí say Noel Duggan ambushed outside his Ratoath home, had been under surveillance

Armed police officers patrol outside the terminal building at London Stansted Airport. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Regional Support Unit will carry weapons amid growing concern over terror threat

Gardaí at the Regency Hotel following the fatal shooting of David Byrne last month. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Faster, armed security response would be vital if any attack took place

The scene of a shooting at The Old Mill housing estate in Ratoath where an associate of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch was fatally wounded. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Gardaí attend the scene of fatal incident in The Old Mill housing estate

The Garda Traffic Corps has been criticised by the Road Safety Authority ahead of Easter weekend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Road Safety Authority boss says motorists feel like they can get away with drink-driving

A garda at the scene at Buncrana, Co Donegal on Monday. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Baby rescued as five people, including three children, drown in SUV off Co Donegal

Almost 10,000 of 17,000 prison committals last year linked to problem of fine defaulting

Vincent Ryan: brother’s killlers are suspected of also killing him. Photograph:  Collins

Men being held in Garda stations in Dublin

A coffin carrying the body of  a child is taken from the scene at Buncrana, Co Donegal. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Baby in stable condition after two adults and at least two children from same family die

 PO/PROG Jason O Brien and WO Robin Finn at St Patrick’s Day reception at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Maxwells Dublin

Personnel from vessels sent to Mediterranean attend event at Áras an Uachtaráin

Mary Lou McDonald, seen here with Sinn Féin party leader Gerry Adams: Ms McDonald said she knew nothing about the Garda search of Jonathan Dowdall’s home. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Jonathan Dowdall says friendship with Hutch family may be reason home searched

Det Peter O’Boyle briefing media at Kevin Street Garda station yesterday. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Officers also find tracking devices during searches of 10 south Dublin properties

The top tier of the gang in Dublin has seen 29 vehicles taken away by the Garda, as well as about €150,000 in cash and high-value jewellery. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Some gardaí critical of ‘frenzied’ media coverage after recent gun murders

Some 29 vehicles were seized – most of them from a car garage in Dublin owned by the gang members – with about €100,000 in cash and various valuables. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Garda have targeted members of international drugs gang headed by convicted drug dealer Christy Kinahan

Members of the Criminal Assets Bureau and armed gardaí removing vehicles from a  Bluebell premises during searches earlier this week. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Operation targets associates of the Kinahan international crime cartel

Originally from Co Limerick, Larry Wren led the Garda for almost five years, being appointed to the most senior post in the force in February 1983 and retiring in November 1987.

Garda chief headed inquiry into tapping of journalists’ phones when Haughey was taoiseach

Members of the Criminal Assets Bureau and armed gardaí removing vehicles from a premises in Bluebell. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Confiscating assets more difficult when criminals also have legitimate income

Members of the Criminal Assets Bureau and armed gardaí removing vehicles from a premises in Bluebell. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Dune buggy, Rolex watches and engagement ring from fiancee among items seized in Cab raids

Gardaí from the Special Detective Unit and members of the Criminal Assets Bureau raided houses of suspected drug dealers in Raleigh Square, Crumlin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Luxury cars, motorcycles, cash, rings and Rolex watches among items seized by Cab

 Gardaí have seized a number of AK47 firearms believed to have been used in the gun attack in a Dublin hotel that claimed the life of David Byrne last month. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Officers believe guns found in Slane operation were used in the gangland assault

Armed gardaí and the Criminal Assets Bureau carrying out searches on homes and businesses in Dublin targeting the activities of a south inner city-based gang linked to David Byrne, who was murdered in the Regency Hotel last month. Photograph: Niall Carson /PA Wire

High value luxury cars, jewellery and an estimated €30,000 in cash seized

The  Garda security operation at the funeral of dissident republican Vincent Ryan  at Fingal Cemetery in Dublin

Dissident republican’s cortege accompanied by security from church to cemetery

The funeral of dissident republican Vinnie Ryan , at Donaghmede , Co Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Partner and baby among mourners told murder was ‘reminder never to take life for granted’

Garda Karen Keane from Cork and colleagues during Monday’s graduation ceremony at the Garda College in Templemore. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22.

Any dissident threat to 1916 events will be met head on, say Minister and commissioner

There has been an increase in gangland activity of late, especially fatal shootings, but the number of people being murdered is still someway off the levels seen in recent years, Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan (above) has said. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Noirín O’Sullivan says gardaí cannot be everywhere all the time

The area in Harold’s Cross in Dublin where a man (57) was fatally injured after intervening in a dispute. Photograph: Google Street View

File being prepared for DPP over incident in which a 57-year-old man was fatally injured

Vincent Ryan: described as a “staunch and honourable republican” who “held his beliefs until his death. Photograph: Collins/Courts.

Family say Vincent Ryan will receive ‘traditional republican family funeral’

An eight-year investigation into the activities of the international crime gang headed by drugs dealer Christy Kinahan is likely to result in money-laundering charges in the coming months in Spain. Photograph: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg

Spanish prosecutor says charges against key members of organisation are imminent

The scene in Harold’s Cross in Dublin where a man (57) was fatally injured after intervening in a dispute. Photograph: Google Street View

Father-of-one (57) intervened in row between a couple in Harold’s Cross after night out

The remains of Vinnie Ryan (left) from north Dublin have been released to his family four days after he was gunned down in Finglas, north Dublin, in a gangland-style attack.

Appeal for information on getaway car stolen five months before gangland-style murder on Monday

Armed gardaí from the Emergency Response Unit on patrol in Dublin after the recent gangland murders. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Armed checkpoints continue in Dublin amid pressure to quell violence

The funeral of Eddie Hutch at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda operation low-key but in force as murdered man laid to rest in Glasnevin

Armed gardaí from the force’s Emergency Response Unit on patrol in north inner  Dublin as gang violence led to two murders in four days. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Many gardaí believe gangland crime policing effort is result of pressure from Coalition

Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch was among the mourners at the funeral service for his brother Eddie Hutch, at the church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Dublin. Photograph: Reuters

Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch among the mourners at the funeral service in Dublin

 The remains of Eddie Hutch, who was shot dead in his home in Dublin last week, are brought to his sister’s home on Portland Row on Wednesday evening under a heavy Garda presence. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Funeral Mass for 59-year-old set to take place in Dublin on Friday, days after David Byrne buried

The scene at the Angel De Miraflores holiday complex on the Costa Del Sol where  Gary Hutch was murdered next to a swimming pool on September 24th, 2015. Photograph:

From hard men to soft targets, drugs gang led from Spain has been willing to organise hits

The funeral of David Byrne (33), from Crumlin, taking place in Dublin last Monday

Funeral Mass for Eddie Hutch to take place at Seán McDermott Street church on Friday

 The funeral of David Byrne, who was murdered in a gangland attack at the Regency Airport Hotel, at the Church of St Nicholas of Myra at Francis Street in Dublin.

Up to 1,000 mourners attend service for gangster murdered at Regency Hotel

Pallbearers carry David Byrne’s coffin into St Nicolas of Myra church on, Francis Street, Dublin 8, for his funeral.

Coffin is carried by eight young men, all wearing similar black suits and blue shirts

St Nicolas of Myra, Francis St, Dublin 8. Photograph: Google Street View

Major security operation underway in Dublin for service for murdered gang figure

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