Garda Representative Association president, Dermot O’Brien: “When you have 10 or 15 guards being brought to a water protest, that’s tying up resources that could be used somewhere else, in deterring burglaries and crime somewhere else.” Photograph: Conor Ó’Mearáin

GRA president claims there is a ‘sinister element’ which has threatened gardaí

A file image of gardaí graduating from the Garda Training College in Templemore. The Garda Representative Association said those leading the force need to be  speak out about how  Government cuts are damaging policing.

Garda Representative Association says politics needs to be taken out of policing

Rank-and-file gardaí want to take a vote of no confidence in the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

If passed, it would indicate a significant worsening of relations between GSOC and gardaí

Attending the Garda graduations in Templemore on Thursday were the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald meeting the graduates as Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan hands out their Garda id cards. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

Letter revealed in Dáil this week sent by GSOC to solicitor is almost two years old

The Irish Prison Service said the two officers had been taken to hospital with ‘slash wounds, which while serious are not thought to be life threatening’.

One officer stabbed in head, the second received injuries to his back and chest

Garda body says members co-operated with investigation into Clare Daly arrest

Detective says legislation ‘very strong’ for child victims but not so for adults

Photograph of Ciara Breen released by gardaí when she went missing in 1997

Ciara, last seen at her Dundalk home in 1997, was 17 at the time she went missing

An age progression image of Ciara Breen showing how she may appear today, age 36.

Ciara, who was 17 at the time, last seen at her home at Bachelors Walk, Dundalk

The Midlands Prison in Portlaoise: one of Ireland’s most modern prisons, it  houses a number of killers who, while not convicted of any sex offences, had a sexual dimension to their crimes.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Murderer begins new life in prison system as a sentenced inmate and is processed again, this time as lifer

In today’s terms, Dean Lyons  would be classified as having a moderate general learning disability

Dean Lyons made a bogus admission, apparently as an attention seeking exercise

Following his conviction for the 1997 double murders of  Mary Callanan (61) and Sylvia Shiels (60), Mark Nash will be serving four life sentences

Has been in jail for last 18 years after brutal double murder in Roscommon

Mark Nash (centre) is taken from the Bridewell Court in Dublin after he was charged in October 2009 in connection with the killings of Sylvia Shields and Mary Callinan in Grangegorman in 1997. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Mark Nash and Dean Lyons both made admissions to killings in sheltered accommodation

Murder victim Sylvia Shiels.

From March 7th, 1997 until April 20th, 2015

Gardaí do not believe 37-year-old Dubliner Joseph Whelan was the victim of foul play.

Body found in Co Cavan lake believed to be missing man

The rise in the number of life sentences reflects the increasingly violent nature of crime, especially among organised criminals, as well as the success of the Garda in bringing criminals before the courts

NUI Galway study finds a high increase in number of prisoners serving life terms

 Nóirín O’Sullivan: “Policing is a profession that needs a constant influx of new people.” Photograph: Alan Betson

About 500 recruits a year needed to deal with new crime trends, says Nóirín O’Sullivan

The Association of Garda Superintendents has been told that the plan to recruit 300 new officers is not enough to keep pace with the numbers leaving the force.

Delegates warned new recruitment process is insufficient to keep pace with those leaving

The number of burglaries is higher now than at the height of the economic boom. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sentencing and bail changes are poor substitute for Garda resources

Eamonn Lillis, jailed for killing his wife Celine Cawley in 2008, leaving Wheatfield Prison in  Dublin on Saturday on his release.   Photograph: Dave Meehan

Lillis served five years and two months of sentence for killing his wife in 2008

Garda preserve the scene of the fatal stabbing  on Phibsboro Road in Dublin.  Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photography

Victim was still alive when gardaí arrived but died later in a Dublin hospital

File photo of Eamonn Lillis leaving the Criminal Courts Complex in Dublin in 2010. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Release from prison echoes coverage of Celine Cawley’s death and 2010 trial

Eamonn Lillis spent some of his time in jail taking foreign language lessons and attending art classes, where he honed his painting skills. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Former TV executive, convicted of killing wife, has temporary release order withdrawn

File photograph of Eamonn Lillis being escorted to a prison van. Lillis was jailed in 2010 for the manslaughter of his wife, Celine Cawley. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former television executive had told gardaí an intruder attacked Celine Cawley

 John Redmond, general secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (Agsi), speaks to    Garda Commissioner  Nóirín O’Sullivan at the association’s annual conference. Photograph: Barry Cronin/barrycronin.com

Names and addresses of some gardaí published on social media and other websites

Nóirín O’Sullivan, Garda Commissioner: “It is a matter of regret to An Garda Síochána that . . . nobody has been brought to justice for that crime. It remains an ongoing, live and open investigation.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Commissioner says she will add to team of data analysts that helped convict Graham Dwyer

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Ms O’Sullivan’s tenure thus far has been criticised at the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (Agsi) conference.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

AGSI conference says it is disappointed with Nóirín O’Sullivan’s failure to meet promises

Fr Niall Molloy  died in Clara, Co Offaly, in July 1985. A high-level Government-commissioned review has concluded that no further inquiry into the matter is warranted because the passage of time makes it impractical.

No further investigation of noted 1985 case warranted, says Minister for Justice

Garda sergeants and inspectors have called into question the safety of the force’s Tetra radio system, saying some experts have likened using it inside a vehicle or Garda station to “being inside a microwave oven”

Experts liken using the system inside a vehicle or Garda station to ‘being inside a microwave oven’

AGSI general secretary John Redmond: ‘The fact the jury found there was no conspiracy; that’s important for the reputation of the Garda organisation.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda reputation helped by outcome of high-profile cases, says AGSI chief

Dwyer has been considered by the Garda as a suspect for the 1999 stabbing and murder of Raonaid Murray (17) in Glenageary, south Dublin

Clear evidence Dwyer’s stabbing fetish went back two decades, claim informed sources

The Courts of Criminal Justice where the trial was held. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Average life sentence currently 17 years, up from 7½ in 1970s and 1980sSmall group of notorious killers kept in prison for up to 5(...)

The Courts Service says it is very mindful those men and woman of he jury  played a vital role in the trial. “Such service can exact a major toll on jurors”

Jurors viewed videos of Graham Dwyer stabbing and mock stabbing women during sex

Members of the Garda investigations team leaving court after a jury found Graham Dwyer guilty of the murder of Elaine O’Hara. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Judge said he agreed with guilty verdict ‘110 per cent’ and sentence will be on April 20th

A screengrab from a YouTube video of Graham Dwyer flying his model aircraft

Murderer flew planes in races almost every weekend

 Graham Dwyer  pictured leaving the Four Courts in December 2013  after his bail application was refused following a Supreme Court hearing. Photograph: Collins Courts

Legal restrictions prevented the reporting of some facts

Thirteen months elapsed between the murder and the events that led to the massive investigation that has now seen Dwyer found guilty.

Variation in any of these factors might have seen him get away with Elaine O’Hara killing

 Graham and Gemma Dwyer at home in Gulistan Cottages, Dublin 6, in May 2007. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Graham Dwyer profile: Architect whose life had all the appearances of settled success

Bullet holes in the windscreen of the vehicle in which the victim was shot, in  Church Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Paul Kavanagh suspected by underworld figures of involvment in murder last year

Gardaí and emergency crews at the scene in north Dublin. Photograph: Conor Lally

Second man believed to have been injured in Church Avenue attack

Among the resources drafted into Dublin city centre are Garda trucks that have been fitted with holding cells. Photograph: Conor Lally

Lorries will be used to lock violent or drunk offenders away from each other

The seven men were arrested in the residential area of Rosemount Avenue and were travelling in two vehicles at the time.

One suspect arrested has been involved in some of Republic’s biggest ever robberies

Paudie McGahon (above) and the other complainant said they were aged 14 and 17 at the time of the alleged rapes and have named the same man. Photograph: BBC

SF chief’s defence of his and party’s handling of case meets with chorus of political censure

Paudie McGahon: Said the prospect of having a murder on his conscience led him to opt for “option three”, the expulsion of his alleged abuser. Photograph: BBC

Suspect for alleged rape of Paudie McGahon believed to be in hiding in Britain

Motorists have been warned if they mislead Revenue and the insurers as to the size of their vehicles, their insurance policies will be void in the event of an accident. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Motorists warned insurance policies void on cars involved in scam

The  Midlands Prison in Portlaoise. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Prison officer slashed across buttock by sex offender with makeshift knife

Viper: Martin Foley with the fang-like handlebar moustache that gave him his nickname. Photograph: Collins

Martin Foley, the 64-year-old criminal known as the Viper, was thought to have turned over a new leaf. Then he was arrested over a(...)

Martin Foley, a father of three known as The Viper, has survived five attempts on his life and has been wounded a total of 14 times. File photograph: Marc O’Sullivan/Collins

Veteran criminal taken into Garda custody after being subdued by security staff

Derek Brockwell escaped custody on February 17th and was recaptured. Photograph: Irish Prison Service /PA

Gardaí believe Glaswegian (53) was assisted when he managed to get away during hospital visit

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan:  speed at which personnel have been transferred has taken many by surprise. 	Photograph: Alan Betson

Nearly 100 senior gardaí will be transferred and promoted as part of changes by Garda Commissioner, but only seven of those are w(...)

The changes represent Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan’s most significant change to the force. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Forty officers assigned to new posts and further 53 transferred to other positions

Anti-water meter protesters ‘escort’ meter installation workers in convoy from Rialto, Dublin on February 23rd, 2014. A hunger strike by anti-water charges protesters jailed for refusing to give an undertaking to stay 20 metres away from water meter installations appears to have been abandoned.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Three men had refused food after transfer from Mountjoy to Wheatfield Prison

One in five teenagers get an increase in pocket money, even though parents ‘do not believe Ireland is out of recession’

 Derek Byrne of Streamville Road, Donaghmede, at court last week. Photograph: Courtpix

Prisoners on hunger strike say they will refuse liquids

Derek Brockwell. It is understood he was arrested while having a drink at a pub on Bedford Street, Belfast

On-the-run prisoner thought to have been caught drinking in city centre bar

Prison sources said while Brockwell had threatened people with knives and guns during robberies in the UK and Ireland, he had never used the weapons. Photograph: PA

Derek Brockwell regarded as hapless criminal and not thought to pose threat of violence

A garda examines the house  at Redford Park, Greystones, Co Wicklow,  where a man  was shot and injured at the front door of his  home on Monday night. Photograh: Colin Keegan/Collins

Possibility of another case of mistaken identity not ruled out

Derek Brockwell, who escaped from his prison escort at Tallaght Hospital

Derek Brockwell who is a convicted British armed robber serving sentence in Portlaoise

A member of the Garda forensics team photographs bullet holes at the house on Harty Avenue in Walkinstown where Eddie Nugent (64) was murdered. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Gardaí investigating if Eddie Nugent (64) was killed over associate’s links to drugs trade

Final journey: The funeral cortege of Barney McGinley, who was killed in the village of Newtownbutler in Co Fermanagh, after his funeral Mass at St Mary’s Church, Athlone. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Grief-stricken family, relatives and friends told ‘violence can never be the answer’

Gardai at the scene of the fatal shooting of a man in his 60s in south Dublin on Sunday night. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Edward Nugent may have been shot in case of mistaken identity

Gardaí at the removal of Barney McGinley from Flynns Funeral Directors, Athlone, Co Westmeath. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Ceremony for Barney McGinley (63) takes place as PSNI and gardaí investigate killing

Members of the McGinley-Connors wedding party leave the church in Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh, after the shooting on Wednesday. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker

Barney McGinley (63) to be laid to rest as tensions remain high over murder

Members of the McGinley-Connors wedding party leave the church in Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh,  after the shooting on Wednesday. Photograph:  Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker

Suspect, who is based in Republic, has large network of family, friends and associates in Britain

Gardaí put the seized guns on display. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Machine guns, ammunition and cash put on display at Garda headquarters

Analysis: Sources say many TDs have been arrested in the past for varying offences

Study by NUI Galway law lecturer Dr Diarmuid Griffin noted 61 former life prisoners living in the community. Photograph: The Irish Times

Average jailed for life each year since 2001 has been 21, while four released annually

The parole board’s interviewing of prisoners eligible for parole was  central in its recommending whether they should be released. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former minister reveals to researchers that parole decision was based ‘on my gut feeling’

Average time served by ‘lifers’ remains more than twice as long as 30 to 40 years ago

Evo-fit screen sample and photofits of faces used to aid victims identify suspects pictured at the launch of the new Evo-fit  facial recognition identity system used by the Garda Technical Bureau. Photograph: Collins

Two wanted men already identified under the new process

File photograph of Karl Breen. Photograph: Garrett White / Collins

Breen drank champagne with friend before stabbing him

Gardaí pictured at the scene where the body of a man in his 40s was found in a house on Glendhu Road in Cabra on Sunday. Photograph: Collins Dublin

Gardaí believe man had been dead for a number of days before body was found

Gardaí removing the body from the scene where a man in his 40s was found in a house on Glendhu Road, Cabra, Dublin 7 on Sunday afternoon. Photograph: Collins Dublin

Foul play suspected after postmortem on man in his early 40s

Garda recruits waiting for  Taoiseach, Enda Kenny,  Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, who said they must have: “The courage to say ‘no’ if you believe the instruction is wrong. The courage to cry ‘halt’ to a practice that may have been going on forever.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

There were 27,000 applicants for 300 new recruits into the Garda, which is rebranding

 When asked for her view on the abuse President Michael D Higgins recently  faced when leaving a school in Finglas, Dublin,  Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan  said it was “unacceptable that any person” be subjected to protests of that nature. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘What is very worrying is change in sentiment’ of certain protests, says Nóirín O’Sullivan

Firearms, money and computers were seized in a series of raids by gardaí investigating organised crime.

Operation involved more than 100 armed officers in Dublin, Cork, Louth and Kildare

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan held her first major conference with senior officers from across the force since she was appointed to the post last month. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Nóirín O’Sullivan delivers lengthy presentation to 250-strong group in the Garda College

Bourbon Street, New Orleans. Brian Hanrahan and his father had been on a 10-day road trip  along  Route 66 across the US when they stopped over in New Orleans.

Brian Hanrahan (30) from Co Tipperary was wounded while on holidays in US

The Texaco filling station near the Spawell Roundabout in Templeogue where gardai spotted a man who was allegedly holding a woman against her will and gave chase. Photograph: Collins

Anthony John Ward (31) from Crumlin in Dublin had taken woman hostage

A street in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photograph:  Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Garda Brian Hanrahan (32) shot multiple times while on holiday in the US

The Texaco filling station near the Spawell Roundabout in Templeogue where gardai spotted a man who was allegedly holding a woman against her will and gave chase. Photograph: Collins

GSOC investigates after female kidnap victim alerts gardaí at garage who then gave chase

Among other items found were two printouts from the Active Hunting Ireland website. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Deceased had emotional age of 15-year-old, partner of woman’s father tells court

 Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis leaving court: He said that Ms O’Hara’s skull, hands and arms were among the bones not recovered.  Photograph: Collins Courts.

Colleagues of dead woman said she mentioned bondage and meeting men online

The late Elaine O’Hara. Photograph: Garda/PA Wire

Graham Dwyer trial: State contends texts reveal murderous plan

Jane Braidwood: The mother of three was taken to St Vincent’s hospital by ambulance but pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Photograph: Facebook

Suspect to be charged after Jane Braidwood (65) killed at her home

The house in Clarinda Park East, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, where a woman died following the fatal assault. Photographer: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Gardaí to begin murder inquiry after killing of mental health professional at her home

Jane Braidwood: A man in his 30s was arrested at the scene and was being questioned last night. Photograph from Facebook

Victim treated at scene by paramedics before being taken to St Vincent’s hospital

The house in Clarinda Park East, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin where a women died following a stabbing. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Man in his 30s believed to have been known to deceased is arrested at scene of attack

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald was  dismissive of media reports suggesting jihadist training camps had been held in the Republic. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gardaí say while chances are low, any incident would likely come without warning

Drones could  be used to monitor isolated areas where gardaí believe fuel smugglers were operating or criminals were storing drugs or other contraband.  File photograph: Getty Images

Use of flying devices would likely be opposed by civil rights groups on privacy grounds

Syrian rebels aim during a weapons training exercise outside Idlib, Syria.

Imam calls for greater surveillance of suspects and recruitment of Muslims to Garda

Suspect disembarked international flight when passport concerns expressed

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan, Fiona O’Sullivan of the Department of Justice (with umbrella), Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Taoiseach says inquiry also covers letter sent by Martin Callinan to Alan Shatter

Head of the Garda Inspectorate Bob  Olson (centre) and Deputy Chief Inspectors Mark Toland and Debra Kirby outside Leinster House. The Garda Inspectorate told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice that gardaí lack powers to arrest those who breach bail.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Garda Inspectorate says force can’t apprehend bail suspects without court orders

Head of inspectorate says investment alone will not resolve problems besetting force

James Brennan from Enniscorthy was killed when the car he was driving collided with the stolen vehicle outside Ferns, Co Wexford on Monday.  Photograph: Eric Luke

One suspect was on bail for other crimes at time of fatal crash

An elderly man has died in a two-car collision in Co Wexford.

Witnesses sought after man (81) dies following ‘hit and run’ collision in Wexford

The Intel plant in Leixlip, Co Kildare. Gardaí have identified the phone used to create a bomb scare at the plant. File photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

Search continues for caller who claimed there were 10 bombs at Leixlip plant

Brothers: Patrick and Barry Lyttle. Patrick is now out of a coma. Photograph: Pacemaker

Police in Northern Ireland and Australia regularly warn the public that a single angry punch can kill. Despite several deaths in (...)

   The biggest round of promotions to the ranks of senior management in the Garda has been revealed. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

45 officers promoted, largest group in five years

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