A prison officer on patrol in Mountjoy Prison. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

UN official criticises Coalition’s failure to allow inspections of prisons and Garda stations

Operation Vantage gives gardaí power to object to marriages they believe are bogus

Up to 1,000 bogus marriages may have been arranged by Dublin-based gang

RSA says road deaths this year on course to be the lowest on record

Gardai investigating the murder of a man last week have arrested two suspects for questioning.

Christopher Nevin, a 27-year-old married man, was fatally assaulted in Navan

Derek Byrne, survivor, Anthony and Pat Phelan who lost their sister Marie in the Talbot street explosion, and Margaret Urwin of Justice for the Forgotten, with families and survivors of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, arriving for the U2  show  at the 3 Arena, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Victims, relatives of deceased in Dublin, Monaghan bombs are guests at concerts

A 29-year-old Lithuanian was detained under a European arrest warrant issued because he is wanted in his home country in connection with a murder there. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Gardaí arrest 12 and seize 26 vehicles during EU-wide move against mobile foreign gangs

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney: Incident should not interfere with decision-making process and risk assessment that we have to do sending troops abroad

Islamist terror attack in capital leaves 29 dead as Mali special forces storm hotel

Irish troops  in eastern  Chad in 2008. When the Army Ranger Wing was about to travel there, news broke of an all-out rebel assault on the capital. Photograph:  Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters

Minister rejects suggestion that neutrality would be compromised by latest mission

A sex offender serving his five-year sentence at  home because he is paralysed is to be monitored by private security guards, in the first case of its kind. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Martin Davoren (61) will serve his five-year sentence at home in the first case of its kind

Willie Maughan (34) and Anastasija Varslavane (21) were last seen at their Co Meath home in April. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Willie Maughan (34) and Anastasija Varslavane (21) were last seen in Meath in April

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney:  “We have good responsive capacity within An Garda Síochána and within the Defence Forces.”.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney tells officers’ association to desist from creating unnecessary fears

The creation of so many vacancies in senior posts that are not being filled has resulted in a heavier workload for those who remain. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Representative Association of Commissioned Officers says vacancies causing pressure

Members of the Air Corps in Merrion Square in Dublin. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Comdt Earnán Naughton expresses concern at ability of forces to respond to attacks

IFA president Eddie Downey said cattle theft, of which there were 48 cases in the first six months of the year, would “wipe out” the income of a smaller farm. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Tendency to under-report crime means official data not reflecting reality, says IFA

The Garda National Protection Services Bureau is investigating a claim of sexual abuse made against a former politician.

Female alleges the suspect behaved inappropriately to her when she was a child

A migrant girl carries a toy before boarding a train heading to the Serbian border from a location near the city of Gevgelija, in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, November 8th, 2015. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Number of asylum seekers coming to Ireland on increase for the first time since 2002

The centre for asylum seekers in Mosney, Co Meath. Applications are up as deportations fall. Photograph:  Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Claims by Pakistani nationals increase the most, followed by Bangladeshis

 Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald and acting secretary general Noel Waters, at Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

High Court ruling restricts rights of officers when arresting failed asylum seekers

Fine Gael’s John Deasy: “Now, €5 million is not going to solve anything, frankly, when it comes to overtime,” he said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Deasy believes €5 million had been committed under the plan would mostly be used to fund Garda overtime

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald.  Muintir na Tíre suggestions should be compulsory reading. Photograph: Collins

Analysis: fear of crime can be almost as harmful as effects of crime, says group

 The proposals come just days after Minister in charge of the National Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said a more liberal and progressive attitude towards illegal drugs was needed. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Proposals for Government suggest possession should be similar to road traffic offence

Paddy Byrne, President of Muintir na Tire, at the Oireachtas Justice Committee hearing on rural crime.

Live: Committee hears firing warning shots is ‘ridiculous’ and makes victims of families

 From left: Minister of State, Simon Harris TD; Minister for Justice and Eqaulity, Frances Fitzgerald TD; and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan; at Athlone Garda Station last week to ppublicise  details of An Garda Síochana Building and Refurbishment Programme. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Electronic tagging seems to have been a ministerial afterthought

Judge Michael Reilly said some officers “prefer to turn a blind eye” to the activities of gangs in prisons. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Workers criticise Judge Michael Reilly for offering unsubstantiated opinions in report

The State funeral of Garda Anthony (Tony) Golden, at St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Group chairman defends former IRA man’s role on crime prevention body

 Gardaí at the Mullach Alainn estate in Omeath, Co Louth where Garda Tony Golden was killed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tommy Eccles of the Cooley Community Alert Group was jailed for 40 years

“There is probably a temptation sometimes to politically use crime; that’s a part of politics,” says Tim Dalton of Crimestoppers. “But this country, relative to other countries, is a pretty safe place to do business and to live. It’s not quite as bad as the fear would suggest.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Crimestoppers says fear of crime exceeds risk of being victim

Garda assistant commissioner Derek Byrne: force is very ’attuned’ to the public’s concern about rising burglary trends. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Capital accounts for more than 80% of national increase, CSO figures show

Gardaí at the scene on Mailcoach Road, Sligo, where Natalie McGuinness died. Photograph: James Connolly

Suspect known to dead woman Natalie McGuinness (23) was from Easkey, Co Sligo

Ms Harton’s family is taking a case against the Garda, the criminal who was driving the vehicle that fatally injured Ms Harton, and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland

Criminal John Joyce who fatally injured Diana Harton (43) on bail for serious offences

The scene of the crash on the M7 near Junction 13 in which Diana Harton (43) was killed after her car was in collision with a car being pursued by gardaí.

Diana Harton family questions Garda tactics used to stop drunk driver in 160km/h chase

Drink-driving: The courts service said the number of summonses requested, printed and issued does not compare in any way to the numbers heard or decided upon. Photograph: Getty Images

Commentary on 40% conviction rate ‘inaccurate’, according to courts service

Police officers show their respect at the funeral of murdered Garda Anthony Golden on October 15th. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Former Garda Inspectorate head speaks in light of murder of Garda Anthony Golden

Jeffrey Donaldson: the Democratic Unionist Party MP  is facilitating  the Families for Justice delegation in London. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Relatives of killed or missing going to Westminster to voice frustration at inaction

The document, written by Murdered Garda Tony Golden for the Cooley Peninsula Community Alert Group in October 2013, was intended to brief them as they campaigned for more resources in the wake of the murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe in the area in January of that year.

Notes outline how remote areas in Cooley, Co Louth left without cars and personnel

On the way: names of drivers disqualified by the courts will be published on an online central database. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Only motorists disqualified by courts to be published on an online database

Minister of State Simon Harris; Minister for Justice  Frances Fitzgerald; Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and Inspector Pat Murray at Athlone Garda Station, where details of a Garda building and refurbishment programme were announced. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Noirín O’Sullivan talks about efforts to reinvigorated ‘downtrodden’ Garda members

Minister of State Simon Harris, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at Athlone Garda station on Wednesday where details of a Garda building and refurbishment programme were announced. Photograph: James Flynn/APX.

Fitzgerald says ‘disturbing’ information in PIRA appraisals about SF links to terrorists

Some 54 per cent of all Garda vehicles are now more than three years old. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Senior Garda sources reveal state of neglect of existing fleet after investment announced

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: in her correspondence to Government accompanying the report, she says the appraisal of PIRA in the South had never contradicted anything said in the North.  Photograph: Alan Betson

PSNI inquiry ‘remains ongoing and no one has yet been charged with the murder’

The Garda’s assessment of the PIRA in the Republic was requested by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald in August after the PSNI suggested the PIRA had been involved in the murder of former member Kevin McGuigan, shot dead in Belfast, earlier in the month. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Report shows €28 million taken by CAB from 50 people ‘who had PIRA connections ’

Incident began at about 3pm in housing estate at Cashel Avenue, Crumlin

The cortege makes its way through Blackrock village in Co Louth at the State funeral of Garda Anthony Golden. PPhotograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

An estimated 4,000 Garda members present lined the streets of Blackrock, Co Louth

Thousands of people lined the street of Blackrock village in Co Louth for the State funeral of Garda Tony Golden. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Garda Tony Golden would be remembered as a special colleague, says commissioner

Gardaí line the route of Garda Tony Golden’s funeral cortège in Blackrock, Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tribute by younger brother greeted by applause from hundreds of mourners

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan at the State funeral of Garda Tony Golden, at St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘Above all, Tony was a family man, a man living within a ring of love forged by himself and Nicola’

The coffin bearing the remains of  Garda Tony Golden leaves St Oliver Plunkett Church,  Blackrock, Co Louth after his State funeral on  October 15th, 2015. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sibling pays tribute at garda’s funeral to man who ‘made me feel so secure and protected’

The funeral cortege of Garda Tony Golden passes Blackrock Garda station on its way to St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock in Co Louth. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Officer shot dead responding to domestic dispute in Omeath, Co Louth, on Sunday

Jed Eddison (30), who was found dead in a Dublin doorway on Sunday.

Body of 30-year-old was discovered outside Starbucks on Westmoreland Street in Dublin

Jed Edisson: He had been driven from his home in Grangecon by his mother into Dublin city on Friday

Jed Eddison (30) lived in Co Wicklow and was from a ‘comfortable background’

A man signs the book of condolences on Tuesday for Garda Tony Golden, who was shot dead in Omeath last Sunday evening. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Family of critically ill Siobhán Phillips ‘forever in debt’ of murdered father of three

Brian Rattigan, who  is serving a life term in prison, is the chief suspect for planning the sale of  heroin valued at €1 million. Photograph: Courtpix

Gang leader under investigation as as two others are arrested

Brian Rattigan is chief suspect for planning the sale of huge consignment of drugs

Handout photograph of Garda Tony Golden. Photograph: Garda/PA Wire

Parents of Siobhán Phillips (22) pray for recovery of critically ill mother of two

Early release of prisoners to make way for others being denied bail and remanded in custody would not make society any safer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Granting of bail is a neat subject to fixate upon because it appears an easy one to “fix”

Rise in burglaries and rural crime over past year increased long-term pressure to recruit

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the scene of the shooting at Mullach Álainn estate in Omeath, Co Louth where Garda Tony Golden was killed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fr Michael Cusack says ‘staffing levels need to be upped’ and financial commitment made

The body of a homeless man is removed by gardaí on Westmoreland Street. Photograph: Alan Betson

Rough sleeper was found dead on Dublin’s Westmoreland Street on Sunday morning

Gardaí in Omeath, Co Louth, where a garda was shot and killed by a man who later took his own life. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fitzgerald offers condolences after garda shot in Louth by dissident republican

The village of Omeath, Co Louth, after a fatal shooting incident. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Father-of-three killed near Omeath by dissident republican who was on bail

 Image from the scene in the village of Omeath, Co Louth. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gardaí were responding to a call about a domestic disturbance at a house in Omeath

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm remains in custody on Sunday after being arrested by the US authorities on Saturday ahead of an extradition hearing in a Boston court on Tuesday.

Former Anglo boss was arrested on Saturday and will appear in court on Tuesday

The body of a man being  removed from the doorway of a café on Westmoreland Street in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

One line of inquiry being followed is that the man may have died from a drugs overdose

File image from 2008 of  former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

48-year-old arrested by US Marshals in Massachusetts, authorities confirm

Chief of Staff Mark Mellett (left) warns over “enemies” of the State gaining advantage. Photograph: Alan Betson

Defence Forces must not let criminals use data to grow, warns chief of staff

Tricolours that drape coffins of former members of the Defence Forces must be returned to the military authorities. Photograph: Ed Pritchard/Getty Images

Minister and senior officer promise to find ‘compassionate’ solution for distressed families

Small craft attached to  Naval Service vessel LÉ Eithne assisting with the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean in June 2015. The mission is to continue in 2016. File photograph: Irish Naval Service

Mediterranean deployment likely to pause before recommencing in spring - Coveney

The Naval Services vessel LE Samuel Beckett, which has been deployed to the Mediterranean. Photograph: Irish Naval Services

Department says those on rescue missions are not in danger, not due full allowance

PDforra, the association representing soldiers, sailors and aircrew, believes while increased recruitment may bring more women into the ranks, more flexibility needs to be introduced in order to retain them. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Personnel saving migrants in Mediterranean not being paid properly, says PDforra

 The funeral of Gary Hutch who was shot dead in Spain last week takes place at  Our Lady of Lourdes Church, on Sean McDermott St, in Dublin city on Tuesday.  Photograph: Collins

Mother of career criminal says she would not wish pain she has endured on others

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton has called on Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin to ‘calm public disquiet’ following controversy over the absence of a prosecution in a road traffic accident involving a Limerick Fianna Fáil councillor. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Lucinda Creighton says case showed need ‘for root and branch reform of administration’

Cllr Jerry O’Dea, the Metropolitan Mayor of Limerick, has confirmed he was involved in a traffic incident in December 2014. In a statement, emailed to The Irish Times, Mr O’Dea said: “Following the accident, I co-operated fully with An Garda Síochána and subsequently made no further contact with An Garda Síochána about the issue.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

O’Dea confirms he was involved in traffic incident for which he was not prosecuted

Garda Colm Cullen (centre) taking part in a campaign on behalf of the Irish Osteoporosis Society in 2006. He died on Thursday. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Funeral of Colm Cullen who passed away aged 61 to take place in Mount Argus, Dublin

Garda Headquarters has ordered an internal disciplinary inquiry in Limerick after a car crash last December. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Motorist in overturned car was three times over the limit but was never prosecuted

The Commission of Investigation into the shooting of Ronan MacLochlainn  was established by the Government in July of last year after the dead man’s partner Grainne Nic Gib (above) took her case to the European Court of Human Rights.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Commission hears sergeant was fatally shot years later during bid to catch bank robbers

Gardaí in Letterkenny: First time “car wash slavery” has been seen in Ireland. Photograph: North West Newspix

Gangs set up car washes on vacant lots, are paid cash, and can quickly move on

Victims had passports taken away and never received money promised to them

Paramedics were called to the scene on Tuesday night and discovered a man in his 30s with head injuries. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Appeal for information about death of Noel Winterlich who had injuries consistent with assault

A colour party forms a guard of honour at the funeral of  Real IRA man Rónán MacLochlainn. Picture: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Real IRA man Rónán MacLochlainn was killed during attempted robbery in Wicklow

A garda at the scene in Kilcurry, Dundalk, where taxi driver Martin Mulligan was killed. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sightings of Martin Mulligan investigated as area searched in bid to discover weapon used

Possession of a firearm increased by 21 per cent to 214 cases in the 12-month period to the end of June. File photograph: Gary Fox/PA Wire

Sharp drop in murders but 28 per cent increase in car hijackings and related crimes

A heavy machine gun recovered by  security forces from the Provisional IRA during the decommissioning process. File photograph: PA

‘We all fell silent. One of the men handed over a last gun, ceremoniously, to the general’

A Spanish police forensic team at the Angel de Miraflores apartments complex, near Marbella on the Costa del Sol. Photograph: Solarpix

Nephew of The Monk, Gary Hutch, was shot dead in Costa del Sol by masked gunman

Sunshine and gun crime: Spain’s Costa del Sol is popular with holidaymakers and Irish criminals. Photograph: PA

Life of sunny criminality as dangerous as home for Ireland’s gangland emigrants

The apartment complex in Mirarflores where Dublin criminal Gery Hutch was murdered. Photograph: solarpix.com

Man served number of prison sentences, including for armed robbery

Witness tells inquiry he didn’t know Rónán Mac Lochlainn had been shot in chest

A file photograph from 1998 showing a colour party forming a guard of honour for the body of Real IRA member Ronan Mac Lochlainn, who was shot dead by gardaí during a botched robbery, prior to his funeral. Photograph: The Irish Times.

Inquiry into 1998 death of Rónán Mac Lochlainn told more people could have died

A colour party forms a guard of honour as the coffin bearing the remains of Real IRA member Ronán MacLochlainn leaves Massey Brothers Funeral Home in Finglas Village in 1998. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh The coffin bearing the remains of dissident IRA man Ronan MacLochlainn leaves the funeral home in 1998. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Pat Hogan says video graphic does not represent what he faced in 1998 botched robbery

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy. Photograph: Dave Meehan

TD summonsed to court to face charges of falsely imprisoning Tánaiste Joan Burton

 Tánaiste  Joan Burton: will not be called as witness in trials over anti-water protest where she was allegedly falsely imprisoned. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Summonses, including for false imprisonment of Joan Burton, being sent to suspects

May 7th, 1998:  Rónán Mac Lochlainn’s remains are carried from his wife’s family home in Ballymun for his funeral. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Rónán Mac Lochlainn killing: Care worker says she was intimidated when two gardaí visited

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan at the Garda graduation ceremony in Templemore. Photograph: Press 22.

Minister plays down AGSI suggestion that Garda station closures led to rise in rural crime

Commissioner says too early to say if former head of force wrong to shred personal papers

Gráinne Nic Gib  and Gráinne Nic Lochlainn arriving for the commission of investigation into the fatal shooting  of Rónán Mac Lochlainn by an armed detective in 1998. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Over 20 officers present at fatal shooting of Rónán Mac Lochlainn were never questioned

A colour party forms a guard of honour as the coffin bearing the remains of dissident IRA man Ronan MacLochlainn leaves Massey Brothers Funeral Home in Finglas Village. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Incident took place around time Provisional IRA splitting over peace process

The scene in Coolcur, Rhode, Co Offaly, where a man was seriously injured following a fire. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Man battling to survive after being stabbed repeatedly and suffering 90 per cent burns

The Commission of Investigation into the fatal shooting of Ronan MacLochlainn  heard the dead man’s partner, Gráinne Nic Gibb, was still to receive confirmation that all of the relevant evidence had been disclosed by the State. Photograph: David Sleator

Inquiry into fatal shooting of Ronan MacLochlainn by gardaí begins in Dublin

Bill Carney was on remand awaiting trial in relation to 34 historical sexual assaults.

Fr Bill Carney was ‘one of most serious abusers’ examined by Dublin commission

The scene at Avonbeg Gardens and (inset) Karl Holmes. Photograph: Collins.

Local community in Dublin suburb ‘shocked and saddened’ by death of Karl Holmes

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