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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dissident group will be represented at Russian event alongside separatist movements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Man arrested and brought to Blanchardstown Garda station

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cannabis was discovered in  postal  sorting centres  640 times last year

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

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

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

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

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

Glass bottles broken and thrown during public order incident at weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Incident being investigated by Computer Crime Unit in fraud squad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GRA ‘reluctantly’ withdraws from implementation of programme

A man is being treated for gunshot injuries after he was attacked in north Dublin this morning. Photograph: Collins

Gardaí seeking to establish if Lusk shooting is part of Kinahan-Hutch gangland feud

David Douglas (54) was shot dead outside the shop he ran with his wife on Bridgefoot St, off Thomas St, in Dublin 8, last Friday afternoon.

Checkpoint was carried out in the area not long before David Douglas murder

Gardaí at the scene of a gun attack on Bridgefoot Street, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Killer walked up to David Douglas and fired at close range outside shop he ran with wife

Daithí Douglas: sentenced to 10 years in connection with a  seizure of cocaine believed to have been imported into the State by the Christy Kinahan gang

Kinahan gang blamed Douglas for botched attack on senior member in November

David (Daithí) Douglas  was standing in a doorway of a shoe shop  on Bridgefoot Street at about 4.10 pm when he was shot up to four times.

Shooting of David ‘Daithí’ Douglas may be linked to Kinahan-Hutch feud, gardaí believe

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has urged the Policing Authority to support the Garda’s efforts to secure more supervisory and management appointments. Photograph: Eric Luke

Nóirín O’Sullivan says level of policing Garda Síochána can provide at ‘profound risk’

Crime scene: Veronica Guerin was shot on the N7 in Dublin on June 26th, 1996. Photograph: Collins

Give gangsters a certain kind of publicity and they start to believe the hype around themselves, says one dismayed father whose so(...)

Gangland murder: Veronica Guerin in June 1996, shortly before the John Gilligan gang killed her. Photograph: Dave Conachy/INM/Getty

Since journalist’s murder cycle of violence has seen many ruthless figures come and go

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: “You have to think about those gardaí who have to go to a scene; who have to pick up the pieces, literally, and who have to deal with the fall-out with the families.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Carecall, new confidential counselling service for garda, launched

OSCE free speech representative Dunja Mijatovic said even if a politician was subsequently cleared of suspected wrongdoing - as Clare Daly TD (above) was - the arrest of a politician was a matter of public interest. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Gsoc inquiry into Clare Daly arrest leak ‘unreasonable’, says European press monitor

A file image from 2001 of convicted paedophile Eamon Cooke, owner of Radio Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Paedophile linked to disappearance of Philip Cairns used victim to get access to children

Gerry Hutch  and   Christy Kinahan.

Gardaí believe arrests have foiled another murder in ongoing Dublin feud

An email to be sent to the three gardaí informing them that the Gsoc investigation into them was criminal in nature was accidentally deleted. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sgt Michael Galvin had been distressed to find out he was under criminal investigation

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. The fact so many victims are still being kept in the dark about the crimes they were subjected to is a symptom of the force’s dysfunctional relationship with letting out information and letting in the light. Photograph: Eric Luke

We only hear of Garda’s downfalls because force is afraid to talk about its successes

Only 4% of respondents to the Garda Síochána Public Attitudes Survey “strongly agreed” that the Garda was supplying a world-class police service. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Findings from survey of 6,000 people elicit disappointment from Garda

The findings of Garda’s public attitudes survey represent a major embarrassment for the Government which has agreed to examine reopening recently closed Garda stations. Photograph: Frank Miller

23% of people living within 1km of station believe crime is ‘serious problem’ in area

A public attitudes survey focusing on Garda performance was published on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Public attitudes survey finds broadly positive results, with 70% happy with local policing

Supt Peter Duff and Garda Joanne Grogan at Tallaght Garda station during a briefing  on the disappearance of Philip Cairns in 1986. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Investigation into new claims that convicted paedophile murdered missing boy in 1986

Shane Tuohey

Investigation will review circumstances of 2002 death and Garda malpractice claims

Shane Tuohey.

Analysis: Complex web of claims may hide the truth behind Offaly man’s death in 2002

Dubliner Christy Kinahan  is the leader of the Irish Kinahan gang in southern Spain. Photograph: courtesy of the Sunday World

Garda says Irish criminals are working with Russian gangs and Marseille mafia in Spain

Assistant Commissioner John O’Mahony, Supt Finbarr Murphy, Deputy Commissioner John Twomey, Supt Daniel Flavin and Assistant Commissioner Eugene Corcoran at a media briefing in Store Street Garda station. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Garda working closely with European counterparts to counter gangs

In the two decades since the murder of crime journalist Veronica Guerin, the control centres of Dublin’s criminal gangs have moved abroad. Photograph: Collins

Cab formation after Guerin murder led to criminals in exile flourishing

Garda Assistant Commissioner John O’Mahony said: “The reality of it is that we’re dealing with a huge, huge crime conglomerate, if you like; we’re not just dealing with Ireland.” File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Assistant commissioner says criminals’ foreign base represents challenge to Garda

The commitment for new and stronger surveillance powers for the Garda referred to by Frances Fitzgerald sound promising, though detail is needed before any firm conclusion could be reached. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Anti-gangland measures helpful, if limited, with no timetable and no money pledged

 Det Supt Tony Howard  said if members of the public, especially those in Dublin’s north inner city, had information to pass on they could do so anonymously.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Garda says affected people should ‘help themselves’ rather than turn on each other

Eamonn Cumberton (29) at Bridewell Garda station after his arrest. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Eamonn Cumberton (29) remanded in custody over killing at Sunset House pub

John McGuinness TD told the Dáil that former Garda commissioner met him in the Bewley’s Hotel car park, Naas Road, Dublin, in 2014 to warn him about Sgt Maurice McCabe.

John McGuinness says Martin Callinan warned him McCabe ‘was not to be trusted’

Nóirín O’Sullivan, left, with Josephine Feehily, chairwoman of the Policing Authority, at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New oversight body seeks to weed out ‘recurrence of Garda performance failures’

Members of the Criminal Assets Bureau and armed gardaí removing vehicles from a car garage in Bluebell Business Park, west Dublin, during an operation in March. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gangs have factored the Cab into the way they operate and taken new evasive measures

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