Kerrie Byrne (3) Mary Ellen Byrne (8) and their aunt Barbara Doyle (20) died in a house fire at Church Lane, Kilcock, Co Kildare on September 20th, 1987.

Mother says the Co Kildare attack, 30 years ago, took her ‘babies and life’s dream’

The RTÉ campus in Donnybrook. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Vigilante group confronts Irish man man on street in Leeds and releases video on Facebook

Gardaí preserve the scene at Shancastle Park in the Clondalkin area following a shooting on Friday night. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Dublin victims wounded in head and abdomen, while Athlone man hit in knee

Images of cash found during the Netherlands search operation have been released.

Irish suspects arrested after Kinahan raids in Amsterdam apartment

The drugs seized from the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and the Special Crime Task Force during searches in Co Meath as part of an ongoing international investigation. Photograph:  An Garda Síochána/PA Wire

After troubled time for Garda, successful operations may rebuild public confidence

Garda at the scene in Ashbourne, Co Meath after a police raid where an estimated multimillion-euro haul of cannabis and cocaine was seized. Photograph:n Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ten arrests after hauls of cocaine and cannabis valued at ‘€15m’ found in Meath and Netherlands

The targets of the operation are a family-based gang that has in the past been involved in the Limerick drugs trade with the McCarthy-Dundon gang.  Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Family has previously been involved in the drugs trade with the McCarthy-Dundons

“We are going to be faced with the night-time economy again, as we were in 2008-2009.” Above, Temple Bar. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Drunkenness and public order offences and assaults all up as Garda numbers remain low

Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy, who is in charge of policing in the Dublin Metropolitan Region, said the Garda was winning the battle against the feuding factions.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin city councillors told situation had stabilised but threat was still real

Luke O’Reilly (20):  fatally injured in west Dublin on Halloween night.

Luke O’Reilly (20) died in hospital from head injuries sustained after night out in Tallaght

The Garda operation involved members of the Garda’s Special Crime Operations Unit and was aided by the Emergency Response Unit and Armed Support Unit. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Men questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to murder man linked to rival Hutch faction

Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Acting Garda Commissioner faces calls for criminal proceedings after watchdog review

Acting commissioner: Dónall Ó Cualáin at the Policing Authority in September; it wants him to appear again, to outline his response to chief superintendents who ignored breathalyser requests. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘Half of chief superintendents’ did not reply to Garda HQ breathalyser request

The Policing Authority, led by Josephine Feehily (above), said the falsification of figures was about “feeding the beast”, not about detecting or preventing drink-drivers and educating the road-using public. File photograph: Eric Luke

‘No one at senior management level seemed to say this appears to be too good to be true’

Margaret McGonagle (left), her daughter, Mairead Mundy and Racheal Casidy Battles

Mother, daughter and friend died on way home from holidays in Turkey

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will take up a new role with the International Association of Chiefs of Police later this year. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Garda commissioner will begin role at group promoting best practice later this year

Tom Humphries: the former journalist was jailed for two-and-a-half years for grooming and sexually abusing a teenage girl. Photograph: Collins Courts

Courts should appreciate value of childhood, says rape campaigner Blackwell

Tom Humphries: already regarded as a compliant prisoner who poses no security risk. Photograph: Collins Courts Tom Humphries: already regarded as a compliant prisoner who poses no security risk. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former ‘Irish Times’ journalist put in cell near Graham Dwyer on G wing

Dublin Fire Brigade treated the woman, along with a 35-year-old man at an apartment in Dorset Square. Photograph: Elaine Edwards

Man taken to hospital with serious injuries following death of Anne Colomines

Garda at Citywest shopping centre in Dublin, where a man was arrested on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Suspect was heavily under influence and became convinced his partner was unfaithful

A Google Street View image of the outside of Finglas Garda station. Image via Google

Gardaí believe pipe bomb was placed at house of man involved in a criminal feud

A woman is critically ill in Beaumont Hospital following a Dublin incident. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Pedestrian taken to Beaumont Hospital following Gardiner Street incident

Armed gardaí arrest a man at Citywest Shopping Centre in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Dublin man spent time in prison for robbery, carjacking and petrol bombing

Armed gardaí arrest a man at Citywest Shopping Centre after a chase throught Tallaght. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Gardaí believe Dublin man went on drug-fuelled rampage, hijacking six vehicles

Members of the Defence Forces on O’Connell Street as part of the Commemorations to mark the 90th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson

Survey of personnel reveals plummeting morale and increased stress across ranks

Travel tip: Always pay on your cards in the local currency. Photograph: Getty

Do a happy hour recce, follow builders at lunchtime, and other holiday nuggets

Garda recruits during a  passing out parade at the Garda College in Templemore last April. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors wants to be granted right to strike

The stretch of road where the crash occurred has been closed. File photograph: Alan Betson

Garda undergoes surgery at Cork University Hospital after incident on Thursday morning

A firearm was found in the car as well as a Halloween mask and a canister of petrol

Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn said it is  possible persons who opted not to pay a fine did end up in prison “and we are working with the court services and the individual solicitors to identify those cases”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

119 legal firms contacted Garda about clients caught up in fixed charge notice errors

Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin said there was no evidence to suggest  anyone at management level was asking their people to falsify records. Image: Oireachtas screengrab.

TD says either inept managers or collusion to blame for problems with roadside tests

Young recruits: “The cost of living drains the low wages they receive”

Meeting of representative body told of staff unable to afford transport in and out of work

Members of the Defence Forces taking part in a 2013 State engagement. Photograph: Alan Betson

Staff representative body says personnel have been paying to leave in large numbers

Defence Forces: Irish soldiers train for a peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. In the past five years 2,840 personnel have left the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service, leaving its combined strength below 9,000

PD-Forra says short-term contracts driving sailors, airmen and soldiers to quit

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. File photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin president lodges complaint to Gsoc over alleged leak

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: when O’Sullivan got the job, it took six months for her to be appointed. Photograph: Alan Betson

The recruitment process has changed since Nóirín O’Sullivan was appointed in 2014

Nóirín O’Sullivan, former Garda commissioner. Photograph: Alan Betson

Reform is needed in the force but a new commissioner might not be in place before 2020

An image of the  €400,000 in cash seized in Ballymun.

Two being held for questioning and can be held without charge for up to 72 hours

Garda College in Templemore Co Tipperary. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

C&AG report notes internal Garda review prompted voluntary payment

The Central Statistics Office has suspended publication of any more crime data. A Garda report on homicide figures will be analysed to determine by how much the Republic’s homicide rate has been understated for the last decade and a half.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Credibility-damaged Garda crime statistics arise from disputed use of ‘detected’

Acting Garda Commissioner Donall O’ Cualain during a meeting in public of the Policing Authority  at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Detection of sexual crimes down by 19 per cent while reporting marginally increases

Some PAC members told Dónall Ó Cualáin his replies to questions left ‘a lot to be desired’.

Dónall Ó Cualáin says he should never have promised to give the Public Accounts Committee a report on selection

The GRA has claimed  senior gardaí   put pressure on officers to record high testing numbers irrespective of the number of tests actually carried out

Policing Authority chair says Garda not an organisation to ask basic questions of itself

Head of Policing Authority Josephine Feehily addresses the joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice on September 27th, 2017.

Review of Commission on Future of Policing could mean delay until 2020 – Garda sources

It was very unlikely evidence would be found to prove senior Garda officers ordered or directed members of the force to inflate alcohol breath testing data, the head of the  Policing Authority, Josephine Feehily, has said.

Hard to believe what happened not known about throughout Garda, says watchdog

Head of Policing Authority Josephine Feehily addresses the joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice on September 27th, 2017.

Delay could mean a new commissioner is not in place until summer 2019

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan leaving Leinster House with her then assistant commissioner Donal Ó Cualain. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Force not fit to hire new commissioner, Government told

 Kerrie Byrne (3) Mary Ellen Byrne (8) and their aunt Barbara Doyle (20) died at the children’s home in Church Lane, Kilcock, Co Kildare on September 20th, 1987

Barbara Doyle (20) and nieces Kerrie Byrne (3), Mary Ellen Byrne (8) died in Kilcock fire

The investigation is continuing into the €12,000 that went missing last year from a secure lock-up section at Kevin Street. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Suspect’s presence in busy Kevin St station in Dublin would not have aroused suspicion

Elizabeth Byrne with her daughters Mary Ellen (8) and Kerrie (3).  Photograph: An Garda Síoch‡na/PA Wire

Suspect for Kilcock, Co Kildare blaze,aged in his 50s, was known to member of family at time

Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane who, with  Youssef Zaghba, killed eight people in a knife attack in London before being shot dead by police. “Sister Aaliya” claims there are 150 radicalised Muslims living in Ireland

Woman who converted to Islam says London knife attack terrorists linked to Dublin fraud

The Garda confirmed it had referred the case to Gsoc. The scene were the car crashed and the location where Daniel Morris died were sealed off. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gardaí refer case to Gsoc after man dies having crashed car and forcibly entered houses

Graduates  at their passing out ceremony at the Garda College in Templemore. File photograph: Don Moloney

Acting Garda Commissioner says college ‘served us well’ despite financial issues

The Garda Represenative Association has been asked to provide evidence to support its claims that pressure from management was responsible for the fake breath tests. Photograph: The Irish Times

Charlie Flanagan says he wants all Garda ‘skeletons out of all the cupboards’

About 1,350 suspects had their lawyer present during interview, a take-up of 48 per cent. Photograph: Getty Images

Academic warns of danger to all of lack of legal representation at Garda interviews

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

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