The Irish Prison Service said it was ‘extremely disappointed’ at the stoppage. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Officers claim staff shortages putting them at risk with dangerous criminals

The number of people being sent to prison for the non-payment of fines has, for the first time in the Republic, exceeded half of all prison committals.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Report calls for judges to explain their decisions and for new weekend jail terms

 A motorist is  stopped for speeding. Photograph: The Irish Times

Analysis: whistleblower claims new procedures have not had desired effect

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has described fresh allegations of continued abuses of the penalty points system as “very, very serious” and says they must be investigated properly.  Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

McCabe claims several hundred penalty points are being terminated every month

The Minister for Justice & Equality Frances Fitzgerald, TD and Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan met with students in Templemore. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

New class of 100 trainees will graduate with BA in Applied Policing

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe is to be seconded to the Garda unit investigating his allegations of continued abuses of the penalty points system.

Report suggests new penalty points system being abused at similar rate to predecessor

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said it would be ‘jumping to very wide conclusions’ to suggest the force was out of control or undisciplined. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Justice says new penalty points allegations have not yet been tested

Minister  for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Governors and senior staff told they must act on recommendations

Chairman of the Parole Board John Costello and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald at the publication of the annual report of the board. Photograph: Collins

Ministers continuing to examine when next group of recruits will arrive in Templemore

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