Josephine Feehily (left), chairwoman of the Policing Authority and former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Eric Luke

Josephine Feehily and former senior PSNI officer Judith Gillespie will not be applying

 Paul Murphy TD said the decision by the DPP to abandon the trials would  strengthen calls for an inquiry into the Garda investigation of the protest in Jobstown. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Criminal charges against Jobstown protesters dropped

 Gardaí at the scene where three young children and a woman were rushed to hospital following a fire at Tyrone Place Apartments in Inchicore, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Mother and child remain critically ill following blaze at apartment in Inchicore

‘It has been suggested that members of An Garda Síochána felt that they were expected to increase the number of checkpoints/breath tests by whatever means possible.’ File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Breath-test inflation report points to unrealistic targets from above as key factor

Forensic Officers at the scene in Fortunestown Lane, Tallaght, in south Dublin on Tuesday morning where John Gibson (inset) was shot dead on Monday night. Photograph: PA

Fitness instructor John Gibson died from gunshot wounds in attack outside restaurant

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  at Hotel Minella in Clonmel, where the Fine Gael think-in took place ahead of the resumption of the Dáil next week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘I have to say I am disappointed with them’ says Varadkar over GRA reaction

During Nóirín  O’Sullivan’s last days as Garda Commissioner the force said it had found 2,055 jobs “suitable for consideration with a view to possible civilianisation”. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Policing Authority report shows ex-commissioner reforms flagging in key areas

File image of Fiona Pender, who disappeared in August 1996.

Gardaí are convinced they know who killed the missing woman, but he remains free

The Policing Authority gave a cautious welcome to an apparent shift in willingness by the Garda to take sworn gardaí out of desk jobs and replace them with civilians

Garda does not appear to have capacity to fill posts with civilians despite funds available

GRA spokesman John O’Keeffe during an RTÉ interview on Thursday night

Policing Authority report comes as GRA blames managers over breath tests

The GRA said it ‘blew the whistle and said that crime figures were being “massaged” downwards’.

Rank and file gardaí say they won’t be ‘scapegoated’ for breath tests debacle

Acting commissioner: Dónall Ó Cualáin says he won’t replace Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Dónall Ó Cualáin currently filling post after retirement of Nóirín O’Sullivan

Bertie Ahern and Michael McDowell: their Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrats coalition was in office when the Morris tribunal reported in 2005. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

FF-PD coalition had golden opportunity to reform the Garda in 2005 but they blew it

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal shooting in  Wheatfield Avenue in Clondalkin, Dublin, on Tuesday. Photograph: PA

Darragh Nugent shot multiple times outside his home after front door was kicked in

Gardaí at the scene of a fatal shooting on Wheatfields Avenue, Clondalkin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Gun and ammunition were discovered in search after arrest of Darragh Nugent in February

Garda commissioner: Nóirín O’Sullivan will be entitled to a lump sum of almost €290,000 and a pension of €90,000. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government believes 65% increase in salary required for Nóirín O’Sullivan’s successor

“Both Government and Garda sources said it would be crucial that the Garda gets to grips, quickly and firmly, with crises as they arise. Many in the force believe problems have been allowed to fester for too long and have damaged the force unnecessarily.” File photograph: Getty Images

With sweeping change required, the next commissioner will be busy

A man in his 30s has been shot on Wheatfield Ave, Neilstown in Dublin. Photograph: Jack Power

Gardaí seeking witnesses to incident at 9.30pm on Wheatfield Avenue, Neilstown

Former garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan was the first woman to lead the Garda. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Controversy defined her time as garda commissioner and made reform impossible

Nóirín O’Sullivan resigned unexpectedly from her role as garda commissioner on Sunday. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Commissioner’s decision to step down comes after three years dogged by controversies

Commisssioner Noirin O Sullivan during a visit to Farmleigh in May .Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Garda chief says decision to step down was because of ‘unending cycle’ of investigations

Satisfaction with the Garda Síochána among people who reported crimes to the force was at 61 per cent in the second quarter of the year, 9 per cent higher than the same period last year. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fall in the number of people who said they had been the victim of crime, research finds

In April it emerged that 41 homicides between 2013 and 2015 were reviewed because Garda analysts found some form of classification issue with them. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Long-awaited report delayed over uncertainty regarding homicide figures

The situation over the missing summonses is likely to ramp up pressure on Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to quantify the problem and resolve it. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Many motorists avoided legal system as gardaí did not know they had to send summons

 Gardaí inspecting vehicles at a checkpoint on the M1 near Swords, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Many gardaí do not realise summonses must be applied for manually, report finds

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan:  if the Policing Authority’s consultants find anything nasty that the Garda reports overlooked, it could be the end of the road for her

Relations between Government and Nóirín O’Sullivan have clearly broken down

Gardaí were contacted shortly before 5pm on Wednesday by construction workers on a site at Mary Street north

Construction workers made discovery during renovation of house at Mary Street north

  Gardai on the scene in Inchicore after offiers opened fire on a van. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Armed officers intercept man and seize weapon on in Inchicore, south Dublin

More than one million breath  tests that were recorded on the Garda’s PULSE database never actually took place. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Up to one in 10 Garda records on alcohol breath testing checkpoints were inflated

The strength of the Defence Forces has fallen below 9,000 for the first time. File photograph: Alan Betson

Analysis: As challenges become more complex Defence Forces struggle to retain personnel

A mission readiness exercise in the Glen of Imall, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Stress, risks and management deficit in Defence Forces as numbers drop below 9,000

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll: “More than 30 lives had been saved in the past 18 months since the feud erupted.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gardaí say extra manpower assigned to the problem is catching people in the act

The scene on Tuesday on Adelaide Road: One of the injured, a 25-year-old Frenchman, remained critically ill in hospital on Wednesday night. Photograph: Jeremy Crain

Adelaide Road collision in which five pedestrians injured being treated as tragic accident

 The scene where a man was shot in the shoulder during a struggle with an off-duty garda in  Portobello, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ombudsman investigating Portobello incident involving officer and three other people

Antoinette Corbally-Devoy who was shot dead in Ballymun. Photograph: Collins Photos

Michael Devoy was shot dead in 2014 and his sister was killed in latest Ballymun attack

Incident occurred at junction of Adelaide Road and Earlsfort Terrace at around 6.15pm

Charlie Flanagan has held security briefings with senior members of the Garda in recent days to assess Ireland’s security situation and our preparation in light of an attack. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Charlie Flanagan says no evidence of direct threat, but need for vigilance remains

The scene of the search for the body of Trevor Deely in Chapelizod, Co Dublin. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Gardaí have not found a link between missing man and gun discovered at Chapelizod site

The scene of the search this week for the body of Trevor Deely in Chapelizod, Co Dublin. Photograph: Collins Photos

Castleknock operation expected to continue for at least one more week, possibly two

Derek Devoy’s sister Antoinette Corbally was killed in the shooting on Wednesday. File photograph: Collins

Detectives say they are following 300 lines of inquiry in Ballymun investigation

Balbutcher Drive in  Ballymun the day after  Wednesday’s  double fatal shooting. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Gardaí fear resources quelling Kinahan-Hutch feud will be diverted to Ballymun

Derek “Bottler” Devoy: he and other members of his family  became embroiled in a row with two neighbouring families in Ballymun, which centred on where the Devoys’ bins should be placed for collection

Derek Devoy is a career criminal who has spent a decade in prison for gun crime

 The scene of the search for the body of Trevor Deely in Chapelizod, Co Dublin. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Garda search of three acre site in Chapelizod, Dublin, extends into second week

Antoinette Corbally, sister of Derek Devoy. She was oneof two people shot dead on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins

Local drug dealer chief suspect as three including baby treated for injuries

Visual barrier at the entrance to the site of the search for the body of Trevor Deely, who went missing from the Haddington Road area of Dublin almost 17 years ago. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

As Chapelizod site excavation goes on, Garda warns gun may not be linked to missing man

The scene of the shooting on Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Niece of female victim was holding a baby when a bullet grazed her forehead

The scene of the search for the body of Trevor Deely in Chapelizod, Co Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Officers say it is not yet clear if gun related to Deely disappearance

A truck carrying gravel arrives at the scene of the search for the body of Trevor Deely in Chapelizod, Co Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Criminal source claims missing man was shot and his body hidden in Chapelizod

Joseph Deacy (21) from St Albans in Hertfordshire, England, was a member of St Colmcilles GAA club.

Joseph Deacy was found with head injuries outside property in Kiltimagh on Saturday

Michal Kurek, a Polish murder victim whose body was found earier this month in north Dublin. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Michal Kurek’s remains discovered in north Dublin within hours of his killing

Gardaí search the site in  Chapelizod.  Major excavation of the overgrown plot of wasteland will get under way on Monday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Missing 22-year-old may have been killed by known criminal and buried at Chapelizod site

Trevor Deely investigation: Members of An Garda Siochana search a site in Chapelizod. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gardaí search area in Dublin after receiving new information on missing man

Tavern in the Town pub in Birmingham, England,  after a bomb on November 21st, 1974.

Michael Hayes says he told officers to ‘do what you want’ over 1974 pub attacks

 Andrew Guerrine’s body was found at Steelstown Lane near Rathcoole, Co Dublin. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Stephen Tynan (40) held over killing of Andrew Guerrine (37) from Crumlin

Almost nine out of 10 (88 per cent) of respondents agreed that members of An Garda Síochána were friendly or helpful. Photograph: Alan Betson

Public attitudes survey for first quarter finds 92% have ‘mid to high’ trust in the force

Gerry Hutch at the funeral of his brother Eddie. Gardaí believe Noel Kirwan was shot by the Kinahans because he was photographed with Hutch at the funeral. Photograph: Reuters.

North increasingly used as hiding place for criminals involved in gang feud

Accused made no reply when the charges were put to him, the court was told. Photograph: Frank Miller

Man (24) is accused of falsely imprisoning, raping and threatening to kill student

A member of a Garda forensics team at the scene where human remains were found at Coolmine Woods on Monday. Photograph: Collins.

Decomposed body found in Coolmine Woods believed to be that of ‘vulnerable’ 29-year-old

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will miss next week’s meeting of the Policing Authority. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Watchdog’s head says it is ‘unfortunate’ the Garda Commissioner will not be at the event

A man looks out over the Rivey Liffey from the adjacent boardwalk in Dublin. A victim of an alleged rape  and a suspect met by chance on the boardwalk last  Saturday afternoon. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

DPP decided there is insufficient evidence to charge man over alleged attack

A man in his 20s has been arrested during a Garda operation at Connolly train station in Dublin.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Woman in 20s later held at Dublin Airport during follow-up searches

The suspect and victim met by chance on the boardwalk area along the Liffey river. Image: Google Street View

Teenager met suspect in a chance encounter on Dublin’s Liffey boardwalk on Saturday

Members of a Garda forensics team at the scene at Coolmine Woods on Monday night. Photograph: Collins

Body found during a search for missing local woman Linda Christian (29)

State Pathologist Marie Cassidy (l) at the scene  in west Dublin where the remains of a woman were discovered on Monday. Photograph: Collins

Officers investigate after woman’s decomposed remains are found in west Dublin

Garda technical members at the scene of the killing of Dermot Byrne, in Swords, Co Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Victim Dermot Byrne was ‘one of the nicest and most genuine people you could wish to meet’

Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Dublin Fire Brigade tenders bring blaze in north Co Dublin under control

St Raphael’s is concerned the PAC will conclude it was frustrating an examination of Garda bank and credit accounts. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

St Raphael management says it can release account records only after formal request

 Gardaí at the scene at Coolmine Woods where the remains of the woman  were discovered shortly after 2pm. Photograph: Collins

Gardai commit resources of a murder inquiry to case after discovery in Dublin

A Garda Technical Bureau member examining the scene in Swords on Sunday. Gardaí believe taxi drivers with dashcams can aid their murder inquiry. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Father of three (54) died in group attack in Swords, Dublin, at about 3am on Sunday

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: told the Public Accounts Committee last month that the so-called “Cabra account” was being investigated or examined by a number of agencies. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Allegations suggest EU money given to Garda for training was spent on entertainment

Garda Technical members at the scene in Swords. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A 29-year-old man arrested in south Dublin in connection to the death of the father of three

Rachid Redouane: it is understood the results of a Garda investigation strongly suggest he had not been radicalised at the time he was living in Dublin.   Photograph: London Metroplitan Police

Garda looked into background of Rachid Redouane who lived a while in Dublin

Specialist Garda units take part in a simulated anti-terror operation at the Docklands railway station in central Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Specialist armed units in training but threat of attack in Ireland not seen as significant

File photograph from 2000 of Martin “the Viper” Foley. Photograph:Collins

‘Notorious criminal’ Foley has survived five attempts on his life

Members of the Garda Armed Support Unit prepare to enter the train station during simulated terrorist attack at Spencer Dock, Dublin. Photograph: Collins

New armed Garda units and live training exercises to combat terror risk

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: “I never received any preparatory training and I’m not sure where that reporting came from.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nóirín O’Sullivan denies €140,000 spent on training her for difficult public appearances

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: said Garda members were trained to expect different versions of the same events being relayed as evidence. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Leo Varadkar does not think Public Accounts Committee is appropriate forum to discuss case

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: “I am not going to second-guess here the conduct of the court.” Image: Oireachtas broadcasting

Nóirín O’Sullivan says review will be from a ‘lessons learned’ perspective

The criteria for what constitutes grounds for complaint to Garda watchdog Gsoc are very broad and are set out in Section 83 of the Garda Síochána Act. Photograph: Collins

Garda watchdog must receive complaints within six-month time frame

Maha Al-Adheem studied medicine in Basra, Iraq

Maha Al-Adheem, originally from Iraq, moved to Ireland in 2010

The body of a three-year-old boy is removed an an apartment complex in Poddle Park, Kimmage. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Suspect in her early 40s held at Crumlin Garda station

Michael Christopher Hayes, who claims he was part of the group responsible for the 1974 Birmingham bombings. Photograph: Screengrab/BBC

The 69-year-old from Dublin claims he was involved in the 1974 Birmingham pub attacks

Kieran Conway, above, believes Michael Hayes had given the apology in the hope that it would help the relatives of those killed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Hayes takes ‘collective responsibility’ for actions in England, including Birmingham bombing

A Garda in the Riverside apartment block on Poddle Park in Kimmage: the small three-storey complex is tucked into a residential road beside a small  parkPhotograph: Tom Honan

Mother (40s) underwent emergency surgery for knife injuries after Kimmage incident

Lieut Stephen Keane of the cavalry reconnaissance section looking out across the UN buffer zone into Syria. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Irish troops at Camp Ziouani forced to take cover during intense fighting

Paul Murphy   at Buswells Hotel where a press conference was held calling for a public inquiry into the Jobstown investigation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Taoiseach calls for an examination of evidence given by gardaí at the Jobstown trial

Nóirín O’Sullivan declined to make herself available to the media for interview, which is customary at passing out ceremonies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

O’Sullivan says Garda admired at home and abroad despite controversies

‘People need to trust what the gardai say on the stand,’ Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Garda says review of ‘policing response and the subsequent investigation’ began on Friday

The 89 homicides that were not counted in the homicide data were cases of dangerous driving causing death. Photograph: Frank Miller

Policing Authority expresses ‘alarm’ at latest lapses in record keeping

Garda Commissioner Noirin O Sullivan is due before a Policing Authority hearing on Thursday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / Files

Garda Commissioner and senior officers to appear at Policing Authority hearing

A total of 41 homicides between 2013 and 2015 were reviewed because Garda analysts found some form of classification issue with them

Policing Authority still to get report on homicide figures two months after requesting it

Paolo Vergara (second from left), Darragh Boland, Kevin Roscoe, and Sadiq Jeremiah Yusuf outside JD Sports on Dublin’s Henry Street. Photograph: Conor Lally

Why queue for trainers? They ‘make you feel special’

Offices of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) Photograph:  Collins Photos

Spike in confidential disclosures about alleged wrongdoing in force noted

Mary Lou McDonald, deputy leader of Sinn Féin: questioned Nóirín O’Sullivan on whether she had the clout to be Garda Commissioner and accused her of “verbal pilates”. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Nóirín O’Sullivan takes pounding before PAC as members’ distrust and incredulity grow

 Mark Desmond: The 41-year-old’s body was discovered in open parkland at Griffeen Valley Park, Lucan. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Five people arrested over fatal shooting released without charge

  Garda searches of two vehicles on Friday night discovered a loaded Glock handgun, balaclavas and a container of petrol. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Authorities believe car stopped on Friday was about to be used in gangland attack

Former minister for justice Alan Shatter with former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former Garda commissioner tells tribunal minister asked about whistleblower’s background

Kenneth O’Brien: his torso was found in a suitcase by walkers at the Grand Canal near Celbridge, Co Kildare

Few of those who mutilated bodies of their victims in Ireland were hardened criminals

The home of Patricia O’Connor in Rathfarnham, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Man questioned after the discovery of dismembered remains in Co Wicklow

Gardaí conducting  house to house enquiries in Mountain View Park, Rathfarnham, the home of Patricia O’Connor. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Neighbours of Patricia O’Connor in Rathfarnham describe her as ‘lovely person’

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