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

 Garda Commissioner  Nóirín O’Sullivan arriving at the Policing Authority meeting. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Authority to take robust and combative approach with Garda leadership

Detail from a CCTV video showing the two gunmen who carried out the murderof Gareth Hutch on Cumberland Street, Dublin on Tuesday

Officer in charge says those carrying out gangland murders will be brought to justice

 Garda Commissioner  Nóirín O’Sullivan arriving for the Policing Authority meeting  in Dublin, May 26th, 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

New allegations of Garda malpractice made by Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny in Dáil

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan arriving at the Policing Authority meeting in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Organisation expresses ‘serious concern’ at treatment of victims after meeting with Commissioner

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

Chief supt Pat Leahy says all likely assailants and victims pinpointed in cycle of violence

The scene following the killing of  Gareth Hutch on North Cumberland Street, Dublin, on Tuesday.

Three ex-Garda officers and a serving officer give their views on the Kinahan-Hutch feud

Detail from a CCTV video showing the two gunmen who carried out the murderof Gareth Hutch on Cumberland Street, Dublin on Tuesday.

Gardaí believe they know the identities of the two killers following latest gangland death

A bunch of flowers  at the scene of the fatal shooting of Gareth Hutch at Avondale House flats complex on North Cumberland Street in Dublin. Gardaí are continuing to detain a man who presented himself to them in connection with the killing. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Gardaí trying to trace movements of silver Skoda car seen near shooting

The funeral of David Byrne  at St Nicholas of Myra Church on Francis Street. Byrne was shot dead at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in February

Out of the seven recent gangland murders, six have been victims from the Hutch side

CCTV footage captures the shooting of Gareth Hutch (35) by two gunmen close to his flat at Avondale House, North Cumberland Street, in Dublin

Gang understood to be seeking revenge on all those implicated in the Regency murder

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

Feud has intensified since murder at Regency Hotel by AK47-wielding gang in February

Gardaí at the scene of a fatal shooting in Dublin’s north inner city in which a close associate of the Hutch family was killed. Photograph: Collins

Dublin man is latest victim of Kinahan-Hutch feud

New broom?: Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The normally sure-footed Garda commissioner stumbled this week as the whistleblower controversy resurfaced. She has brought about (...)

Martin Mulligan was discovered on the roadside a short distance from his taxi, at Carnmore just off the Armagh Road in  September, 28th, 2015.

Martin Mulligan died in September 2015 after sustaining multiple stab wounds

US vice president Joe Biden is set to include a visit to  Cooley Peninsula in Co Louth as part of his trip to Ireland. Photograph:  Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Cycling event planned for Phoenix Park called off as part of security lock-down

The Garda investigation into the murder of gangland figure David Byrne is continuing to gain pace with the arrest of two more suspects in the case.

Five people suspected of role in killing of David Byrne arrested in a week with one now charged

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: In a bid to close down a fresh controversy around her alleged treatment of whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe, Ms O’Sullivan last night issued a lengthy statement, after passing up the opportunity to comment at the first time of asking late last week. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times.

Analysis: Legal advice and treatment of Sgt Maurice McCabe still to be fully explained

‘I want to make it clear that I do not, and have never, regarded Sgt McCabe as malicious,’ Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan said in a statement on Monday night. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

O’Sullivan moved to address claims she instructed barrister to ‘attack’ Maurice McCabe

 Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan on Monday night stated: I want to make it clear that I do not, and have never, regarded Sgt McCabe as malicious.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Noirin O’Sullivan says she never believed garda whistleblower acted with malice

Sgt Maurice McCabe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Whistleblower’s claims about wrongdoing in force were subject of O’Higgins inquiry

The scene following the fatal shooting of David Byrne (34) at the Regency Hotel in Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Trio were detained last week in connection with the deadly Kinahan-Hutch feud

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Garda Commissioner’s barrister is alleged to have questioned character of whistleblower

A bomb-disposal unit outside Old Trafford after the match between Manchester United and Bournemouth was abandoned. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

It may have been the result of a mistake but the evacuation highlights real fears

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has declined to comment on claims that she accused whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe of being motivated by malice at the commission of inquiry. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister says ‘no question’ of confidence issues in Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan

Alan Shatter sacked Garda confidential recipient  Oliver Connolly   in the wake of the disclosure of an alleged  conversation about the former minister. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former confidential recipient says Alan Shatter is wrong about commission findings

 The O’Higgins report into allegations made by Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe was the latest in a long line of investigations and reports to expose Pulse’s flaws. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Most gardaí believe flawed system needs to be replaced with more modern technology

Teflon Taoiseach: Glasnevin conversation ensured the political survival of Enda Kenny. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan’s exit spared Taoiseach from back benches

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

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe had acted with ‘genuine commitment’

The Higgins report noted that the force’s shortcomings are partly due to lack of “tutor gardaí” to supervise new recruits. Photograph: The Irish Times

Accounts should be ‘furnished in all courts’, notes Justice Kevin O’ Higgins document

Sylvia Roche Kelly: murdered by Jerry McGrath while he was on bail for serious offences.

Bill would provide support to victims and information on investigations

Absence of such a system puts State in breach of United Nations ‘Nelson Mandela rules’

Gardaí  believe taxi driver Eddie Hutch was   killed in revenge for the murder of David Byrne during a gun attack on the Regency Hotel in Dublin.

One suspect believed to have been involved in attempted murder of John Gilligan in 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Officers also demand criminal inquiries when inmates are found with contraband

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Investigations underway into gun deaths at Summerhill and Clondalkin in Dublin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Joshua Molloy

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

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

Garda Representative Association members reject proposals by two to one margin

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

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

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

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

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

Superintendents meeting hears additional recruitment is necessary to ensure adequate policing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hutch associate was seriously wounded by gardaí during botched robbery

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

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

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

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

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