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It is understood that   as many as four boys may have filmed some of the events surrounding the alleged attack on their phones. These were confiscated by the school authorities. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Gardaí say it is too early to know if anyone frustrated case being reported sooner

The alleged rape on Belfield campus occurred in the early hours of Friday morning after the victim had been socialising on Thursday night into Friday morning. File Photograph: Eric Luke

Incident took place in early hours of Friday after victim had been socialising

The figures were obtained by Independents4Change TD Clare Daly from Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Fergal Phillips.

Trust says judges believed criminals being caught were not significant figures

Kym Owens suffered fractures to her head and face, including her eye sockets, nose and jaw.

Police believe culprit was not on the same bus as the 18-year-old, who remains in coma

The decline in the drug trade has been attributed to  the collapse of disposable income to fund recreational drug-taking since the recession. Photograph: iStockphoto

Drugs trade declines due to fall in disposable income but Garda resources also reduced

Thirty-four per cent of 825 drug dealers convicted in the courts over the past five years were given a suspended sentence.

Mandatory minimum 10-year terms have been imposed on just 3% of convicted dealers

Government sources say there is a “degree of confidence” Agsi will vote to accept the deal, although the outcome of the GRA ballot is much less predictable

If members of unions reject offer, GRA and Agsi may have no option but to announce further strike days

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan  with Joseph Nugent, the Garda’s civilian chief administration officer, at the public meeting at Griffith College, Dublin, with the Policing Authority.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Nóirín O’Sullivan insists use of Gmail account has not compromised security

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and  Joe Nugent, chief administrative officer of An Garda Síochána, at  Griffith College, Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Garda Commissioner not able to say how many posts can be ‘civilianised’

‘An Garda Síochána has strong security controls on the use and access to Garda IT systems. Our systems are secure,’ said  Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Nóirín O’Sullivan tells Policing Authority large number of vacancies remain unfilled

Kym Owens (18), from Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, was walking to her student accommodation in the Moyglare Abbey Estate on the outskirts of Maynooth when she was attacked at about 8.30pm. Photograph: Facebook

Kym Owens (18) suffered life-threatening injuries in ‘extremely violent’ attack on Sunday

Probationer gardaí  in the sports hall during the passing-out ceremony in the Garda College in Templemore. Photograph:  Brian Gavin/Press 22

Almost 150 new members of force take part in passing-out ceremony in Templemore

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan  said a minimum level of staffing was required to provide day-to-day policing while also reforming the force.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Noirin O’Sullivan speaking amid political controversy over lack of appointments to key posts

 The Government is facing the prospect of a legal challenge from a group of senior Garda officers. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Government faces challenge from senior gardaí who may have to reapply for positions

Gardaí said the road was being examined by its crash scene investigators. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The 70-year-old was cycling on the N52 just north of Mullingar in the afternoon

Acting on intelligence, the Cab moved against a gang  on Thursday by searching seven premises including solicitors’ and accountants’ offices.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Garda sources say gang leaders have been ‘living lavish lifestyles far beyond legal means’

GRA general secretary Pat Ennis won a confidence vote by 25 votes to 16 yesterday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Garda Representative Association has yet to make a decision on any recommendation

Garda Representative Association general secretary Pat Ennis. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pat Ennis faced motion after split over handling of last Friday’s averted strike action

GRA general secretary Pat Ennis: the no-confidence motion arises from dissatisfaction in some quarters about how events of last week were handled. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Infighting at Garda Representative Association over decision not to continue with strike

GRA general secretary Pat Ennis: insiders say he is facing accusations he was never in favour of the strike. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

GRA general secretary’s no-confidence vote looms amid claims he always opposed strike

Gardaí believe Terence Kelly began the process of committing to becoming a suicide bomber for Isis while living in Ardagh, Co Longford. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Kelly began commitment to become Isis suicide bomber while in Longford, say gardaí

Armed Garda checkpoint on Friday: GRA members turned up for work, but it is far from clear if they will vote to accept the latest deal. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Significant number in GRA executive wanted to reject Labour Court recommendation

Ciaran O’Neill, president of the Garda Representative Association: his message was clear – nothing had changed and the strike was still on. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Contingency plans for cover interfere with GRA resolve ahead of Labour Court talks

Garda Helena Power in a Garda Representative Association  advert backing extra pay for officers: Garda Power was attacked at the fire in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, on October 31st, 2008

Officer who features in GRA advert was kicked repeatedly in face at Halloween bonfire

Christy Morrison, Paul McDermott,  Antoinette Cunningham, Cormac Moylan and Chris Cronin of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors who called off the industrial action planned for Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government set to accept pay deal that goes beyond €30m package rejected by GRA

Members of the Garda Representative Association hold a press conference on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Garda Representative Association executive to consider recommendation in pay dispute

Members of the Garda Representative Association   arrive at the Workplace Relations Commission  for talks. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Some gardaí say O’Sullivan’s directive to show for duty has strengthened resolve to stay home

Members of the Garda Representative Association including president Kieran O’Neill right arriving at the Workplace Relations Commission. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

GRA declines to call off strike but agrees to put any recommendations to ballot

Gardaí march during a graduation ceremony at the Garda College, Templemore. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

If it is against the law to induce gardaí to strike, how have we come to this point?

Garda strike: Members of the Garda Representative Association leaving the Workplace Relations Commission this evening.Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Group representing over 10,000 rank and file officers awaiting real ‘progress’ on pay

Three investigations commence after four people die in violent incidents. Photograph: Frank Miller

Elderly Mayo couple had severe injuries consistent with being badly beaten

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has urged officers to consider the long-term consequences of their intended strike action. Photographs: The Irish Times/Getty Images

Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan also orders gardaí not to participate in strike action

Nóirín O’Sullivan: “There is an element that if this passes off without major incident she will be regarded to have done a good job under pressure,” said one senior officer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Officers say public expects Government, not Garda management, to resolve pay row

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan:   gardaí ordered to report for work  following an unprecedented intervention.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Armed emergency response unit and armed regional support units will be on duty

 Daithí Douglas: gardaí believe he had been blamed by the Kinahan gang for a botched gun attack on one of its members late last year and was shot in revenge.

Suspect believed to be central figure in Kinahan international crime gang

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan orders all gardaí to turn up for work on Friday

The focus in Government Buildings and Garda HQ in Phoenix Park will now shift towards the contingency plans that will have to be put in place to police the country, and make its citizens feel secure on Friday. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

In the event of a strike, between 300 and 400 officers will be left to police the State

Christy Kinahan has used food companies as a front to traffic drugs across borders by taking control of a number of purported food wholesalers, the report by Milan-based Transcrime found. Photograph: Sunday World

Dublin criminal favours food and car businesses to launder money, report finds

In Ireland, rates of drug consumption are “relatively high” in an international context, an international study has revealed.

Narcotics trade, fraud and smuggling among primary drivers of black economy in State

Garda action: ‘Some of the younger ones feel trapped . . .  It’s not what they joined up for.’ Photograph: Frank Miller/ The Irish Times

Some in GRA fear the planned industrial action will damage the force’s reputation

The Government is offering to pay members of An Garda Síochána for certain hours that are currently unpaid under measures designed to avert an unprecedented strike next week. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Move aims to avert next week’s planned unprecedented strike by gardaí

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: has published the  2015 annual report of  the Criminal Assets Bureau. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Cab involved in operation targeting son of late dictator of Nigeria over ‘looted’ money

Cannabis cultivated in illegal ‘grow houses’ is up to four times more potent than that previously on sale in Ireland, according to a leading consultant. File photograph: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg

Consultant expresses concern over the increased THC levels in new form of the drug

 Roadway attack: Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a man was  attacked  by the three occupants of a  grey Toyota Avensis which had rammed his Mercedes car near Ardee, Co Louth. Photograph: Frank Miller

Appeal for witnesses of ‘unusual’ attack by three men on road near Ardee, Co Louth

Many gardaí believe small-time drug dealers have turned to burglary to fund their lifestyle. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin Garda divisions account for all national increases in burglaries since 2008

In 29 per of cases criminals broke in through the front door. They also gained access via back doors in 29 per cent of cases, back windows in 24 per cent and front windows in eight per cent of all break-ins. Photograph: iStock

Warning about posting holiday plans on social media and to tighten up home security

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

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