An Garda Síochána is carrying out just half the number of drink driving breath tests that it claims to, the force has said.   Photograph:  John Giles/PA.

Assistant commissioner says he cannot explain why figures are so wide of the mark

Members of the Garda Reserve graduating at the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Alan Betson

Rank-and-file gardaí say proper resourcing of full-time force should be priority

Mark Richardson (46):  fatally stabbed in the upper body at his home on Harmonstown Road in Artane, on Thursday evening.

Man held in connection with stabbing of Mark Richardson at home in Artane

The area of the attack was immediately sealed off as a crime scene and will undergo an examination by members of the Garda Technical Bureau this morning

Attack occurred between 8pm and 9pm in Earl Street-New Street area of Longford town

The PSNI Serious Crime Branch said the suspects had been charged with two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm or ammunition with intent to endanger life or property.

Two men to appear in court in Belfast charged in connection with fatal shooting

Gardaí have spoken to the parents, both of whom are very young, in their efforts to establish when and how the child was injured.

Gardaí believe foul play was behind injuries sustained by 10-week-old girl in Co Louth

All the resources of a major criminal inquiry were committed to the investigation when the extent of the baby’s injuries became clear on Monday. Stock image: iStock

Gardai believe the child’s injuries resulted from foul play rather than accidentally

The Garda and road safety agencies are warning motorists not to drink and drive, especially  over the St Patrick’s Day weekend. Photograph: John Giles/PA

Garda warn of breathalysing crackdown over the course of St Patrick’s weekend

The child remains very seriously ill in Temple Street hospital in Dublin city centre. File photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí unsure if girl, brought to hospital by her parents, fell or met with foul play

A garda spokeswoman said “the circumstances of how the child received her injuries is now part of a Garda investigation”.  Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Infant girl transferred to a Dublin hospital where she is in a ‘serious condition’

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Irish First Mothers group seeks clarity from State on whether testimony will be sealed

Nuchara O’Dowd from Ballinteer was last seen in Drumcondra, Dublin

The crash occurred in the Cooley Mountains, Co Louth, at a place known as Top Hill near Carlingford.

The aircraft crash landed into a garden of a house in Carlingford about 5.15pm

Mr Justice Patrick McCartan: he stood down from the Circuit Court last August after 19 years on the bench

Patrick McCartan cut his teeth as a criminal defence solicitor but has also been a politician

Fewer than 10 per cent of sexual violence victims who contacted the One in Four organisation for help made a criminal complaint to the Garda but a new helpline service may increase the number, it said. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Lots of offenders unpunished due to victims’ reluctance to go to police, says One in Four

Prison officers carry the coffin  of murdered prison officer David Black through Cookstown, Co Tyrone. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Damien Joseph McLaughlin was due to stand trial in North over the killing of David Black

 Garda Commissioner, Noirin O’Sullivan, pictured on Thursday  at Harcourt Square, during the launch of the new 24 hour phoneline for victims of child sex abuse. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

‘At no stage’ did it ‘express anything other than confidence’ in capacity to do job, Garda Commissioner says

A file was submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions in November 2012. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Criminal investigation began in 2010 following disclosures made by a HSE social worker

John McGuinness: said Mr Callinan had warned him that Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe was not to be trusted. Photograph: Eric Luke

John McGuinness claimed Martin Callinan had warned him off Sgt McCabe

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan remains under pressure to step aside until the tribunal has been completed, though she has protested her innocence and said she plans to remain at the top of the Garda. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Detail and veracity of key allegations, as well as credibility of defence, set to emerge

Tribunal chairman Mr Justice Peter Charleton: he has surprised many by the speed at which the first sitting has been organised. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Mr Justice Charleton to examine allegation of smear campaign against whistleblower

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has told a Policing Authority hearing that the forthcoming tribunal of inquiry would ‘deal in facts, not sides’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Garda officers say McCabe tribunal will give the force a chance to air its account of events

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’ Sullivan speaking during the Policing Authority public meeting at Griffith College in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Policing Authority concerned gardaí ‘may feel it appropriate to inflate data’

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at a meeting of the policing authority on Thursday. Photograph: Policing authority/YouTube

Garda Commissioner appears before public meeting of policing authority in Dublin

Under proposed legislation, motorists in Ireland would be obliged by law to pass cyclists no closer than 1.5m on roads with a speed limit of 50km/h or higher.  Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Initiative has made roads safer and generated goodwill for several UK police forces

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will be asked about the developments in the case of Sgt Maurice McCabe and the impact on the Garda when she appears before the Policing Authority. Photograph: Eric Luke

Garda Commissioner’s meeting on Thursday with Policing Authority will be live-streamed

Safe passing distance:  A new Bill tackling the issue  is being published by Ciarán Cannon TD and Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Draft Bill specifies fines and penalty points for motorists who pass within 1.5m gap

Gardaí at the scene of a fatal shooting incident on the North Circular Road, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Two arrested after no firearm found at property where there was evidence of drugtaking

Sgt Maurice McCabe arrives for a Public Accounts Committee meeting in Leinster House in January 2014. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

24-year-old who made sexual assault claim wants to appear before Charlton Tribunal

 Sgt Maurice McCabe:   favours a criminal investigation from outside the State. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Giving Garda-style powers to outside investigators could be deemed unconstitutional

File image of Garda whistleblower Supt David Taylor. Mr Taylor  will not be prosecuted over the alleged leaking of information. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Supt David Taylor was arrested in connection with releasing information on case

Tonya McEvoy was in her 30s. Photograph: Facebook

Tonya McEvoy was on training ride with Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club on Sunday

The alleged smearing of Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe will sharpen spotlight on efforts to reform. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

McCabe controversy has intensifed pressure to look further afield for expertise

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: vehemently denied any wrongdoing. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

O’Sullivan damaged despite ‘Prime Time’ revelations about Tusla role in McCabe saga

A female cyclist has died while on a training ride with Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club. File photograph: EPA

Woman confirmed as member of Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club based in Dundrum

Officers from Cab carried out the action on behalf of the Sheriff, who is charged with realising unpaid tax demands, sometimes via the seizure and sale of assets.

Kilkenny farm raid came after unsuccessful efforts to collect money saw liability reach €4m

A Garda during a raid in Sallins Bridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Analysis: Seizure of €3m in drugs shows officers are catching up with feuding cartels

Gardaí believe large sums of money could be hidden somewhere in the house. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Assault rifle also found in Sallins raid which is third blow to cartel in little over a week

Guns, ammunition, cash and bank records were found after premises near Rathcoole, Co Dublin, were raided by gardaí. Photograph: Pádraig O’Reilly

One detainee suspected of managing Christy Kinahan’s criminal activities in Ireland

Guns, ammunition, cash and bank records were found after premises near Rathcoole, Co Dublin, were raided by gardaí on Tuesday and in follow-up searches. Photograph: Pádraig O’Reilly

Key suspect believed to be gang’s operations manager in Ireland held after Garda raid

The arms find at Greenogue Industrial Estate in Rathcoole, Co Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Gardaí strike rich vein in latest raid and believe they have arrested senior gang figure

Det Supt Tony Howard of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, addresses the media at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Loaded guns found in Dublin warehouse on Tuesday posed ‘an imminent threat to life’

‘There is no allegation security was compromised in Dublin, because security checks are carried out at airport of departure rather than arrival.’ Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Analysis: Investigation into alleged people-smuggling will focus on the role of staff

In the first eight months of last year, there was a 58 per cent decline in notifications to marry from couples comprising one non-EU national and one non-Irish EU national; from 1,175 to 497. Photograph: Getty

Garda operation has targeted unions between non-EU men and non-Irish EU women

The facilitators would also guide the couples through the wedding day so they would not fall at the final hurdle.

Tánaiste introduced new powers that closed net on scam worth estimated €20 million

 Garda Detective Superintendent Tony Howard, Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau during a media briefing at Dublin Castle on the firearms and ammunition seizure which was discovered at an industrial estate in Baldonnel, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘No doubt’ lives saved as a result of haul which included submachine gun and assault rifle

Three men, including two Aer Lingus employees, have been arrested in connection with alleged immigration offences at Dublin Airport.

Three men, including two Aer Lingus staff, due in court over alleged people-smuggling

Gardaí with the massive cannabis haul at Dublin Port.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Huge 1,873kg haul, one of biggest ever found in the Republic, discovered at Dublin Port

A consignment of 1,873kg of herbal cannabis, valued at €37.5, has been found in Dublin. Stock image: iStock

Seizure at Dublin Port part of an operation by Garda and Revenue officers

A photo of Irene White is seen on a placard outside her former home during a vigil in 2007. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

Gardaí believe someone who wanted mother of three dead paid somebody to murder her

Neil Reilly: A recent caller to his home in Lucan armed with a knife became violent. Gardaí believe Reilly’s decision to shoot at the house in Ronanstown was in retaliation

Gardaí believe Reilly’s decision to shoot at house was retaliation for incident at his home

Gardaí at the scene of an  assault at The Glebe, Esker, Lucan, where a man was fatally injured on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Neil Reilly (36) was killed in a group attack involving a machete in west Dublin

Garda forensics personnel search for evidence at the scene of the killing of Neil Reilly (above, inset) near The Glebe, Esker, Lucan, on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Neil Reilly from Lucan killed during assault following car chase through west Dublin

James Everett Park in Bray where a man was found seriously injured in the early hours of Sunday morning. Photograph: Google Maps

Victim in Bray suffered life-threatening head injuries while man in Birr stabbed

Drug-dealer Richard Keogh (30), from Cabra, Dublin, who was killed in 2008 outside a casino near Benalmadena. Photograph: RTÉ News

The heat has been turned up on the ex-pat criminal fraternity in recent years

Gardaí have said feuding gangs in Dublin may be planning to pay foreign contract killers to come to Ireland.

Kinahan-Hutch feud is set to escalate following the murder of Noel Kirwan

Gerry Hutch (aka the Monk) and  Christy Kinahan. To date 11 people have been shot dead as part of the gangland feud – two in Spain, one in Meath and eight in Dublin

Ruthless international crime gang targeting all its firepower on outgunned Dublin group

The scene on St Ronan’s Drive in west Dublin last Thursday following the murder of Noel Kirwan. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Key members of Kinahan gang were one side of long-running Crumlin-Drimnagh feud

Gardaí say  the suspect’s car in the alleged rape was a dark colour Prius and that the vehicle model dated from 2004-2009. Photograph: Eric Luke

Case involving 84 drivers believed to be first mass DNA screening since new law in 2015

Garda forensics experts at the scene of the murder of Noel Kirwan in the Ronanstown area of west Dublin. Photograph: Caroline Quinn/PA Wire

Analysis: The killing of Noel Kirwan risks drawing republican groups into gang feud

Flowers at the site of the murder of Martin O’Rourke, who was shot dead in April in a gangland attack on Sheriff Street, Dublin. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Ministers are considering a multimillion euro urban renewal project for the area

Noel Kirwan: gardaí are fearful tensions will run high at his funeral and  the burial may have paramilitary trappings

Killing thought linked to Kinahan perception Kirwan chose Hutch side in gang feud

Gardaí at the scene of a shooting in the Ronanstown area of west Dublin.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Gun found after Noel Kirwan shot a number of times in Ronanstown area of west Dublin

Members of the Garda Forensic Unit  at the scene of a fatal shooting in Ronanstown Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Noel Kirwan was shot dead in front of his partner during attack in Ronanstown

The Hume House office block on Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge in Dublin 4.

Man believed to be from Germany was in car outside Hume House office block in Dublin 4

Gardai are investigating allegations from parents that their children were sexually assaulted at a Co Kildare crèche.

Crèche remains open during inquiry though it’s unclear if staff member involved is at work

Rescue workers tow the truck that ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in in Berlin on Monday night. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Garda sources say no impact on risk assessment here, where suspects are monitored

Dean Scurry from the group ‘Home Sweet Home’ who has stayed overnight in Apollo House helping the homeless people who have moved into the Dublin city centre property. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Fr Peter McVerry applauds demonstrators but says he will not aid takeover of empty block

Kym Owens suffered fractures to her head and face, including her eye sockets, nose and jaw.

Kym Owens (18) still critical a month after suffering catastrophic head trauma

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald TD inspects the new Garda Armed Support Unit (ASU) for the Dublin region, at Garda HQ in Phoenix Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New 55-strong unit will tackle terrorism and serious organised crime in Dublin

A man was killed in an apparent wall collapse in Waterford City just before 4pm on Monday. The victim, in his 20s, had been working at a construction site on Parnell Street (above)  when the incident occurred. File photograph: Google Street View

Emergency services alerted but man in his 20s pronounced dead at scene on Parnell St

John Gilligan: After 17 years behind bars, the former crime boss was released from Portlaoise Prison on October 15th, 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson

The one-time crime kingpin now potters around Jessbrook, both broke and broken

Darknet: this buried part of the internet is where some of humanity’s most awful products are traded. Photograph:  Bill Hinton/Moment/Getty

Illegal drug buying in Ireland is increasingly happening on the ‘darknet’. Customer reviews and order tracking make it feel like a(...)

It is understood that   as many as four boys may have filmed some of the events surrounding the alleged attack on their phones. These were confiscated by the school authorities. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Gardaí say it is too early to know if anyone frustrated case being reported sooner

The alleged rape on Belfield campus occurred in the early hours of Friday morning after the victim had been socialising on Thursday night into Friday morning. File Photograph: Eric Luke

Incident took place in early hours of Friday after victim had been socialising

The figures were obtained by Independents4Change TD Clare Daly from Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. Photograph: Fergal Phillips.

Trust says judges believed criminals being caught were not significant figures

Kym Owens suffered fractures to her head and face, including her eye sockets, nose and jaw.

Police believe culprit was not on the same bus as the 18-year-old, who remains in coma

The decline in the drug trade has been attributed to  the collapse of disposable income to fund recreational drug-taking since the recession. Photograph: iStockphoto

Drugs trade declines due to fall in disposable income but Garda resources also reduced

Thirty-four per cent of 825 drug dealers convicted in the courts over the past five years were given a suspended sentence.

Mandatory minimum 10-year terms have been imposed on just 3% of convicted dealers

Government sources say there is a “degree of confidence” Agsi will vote to accept the deal, although the outcome of the GRA ballot is much less predictable

If members of unions reject offer, GRA and Agsi may have no option but to announce further strike days

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan  with Joseph Nugent, the Garda’s civilian chief administration officer, at the public meeting at Griffith College, Dublin, with the Policing Authority.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Nóirín O’Sullivan insists use of Gmail account has not compromised security

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and  Joe Nugent, chief administrative officer of An Garda Síochána, at  Griffith College, Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Garda Commissioner not able to say how many posts can be ‘civilianised’

‘An Garda Síochána has strong security controls on the use and access to Garda IT systems. Our systems are secure,’ said  Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Nóirín O’Sullivan tells Policing Authority large number of vacancies remain unfilled

Kym Owens (18), from Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, was walking to her student accommodation in the Moyglare Abbey Estate on the outskirts of Maynooth when she was attacked at about 8.30pm. Photograph: Facebook

Kym Owens (18) suffered life-threatening injuries in ‘extremely violent’ attack on Sunday

Probationer gardaí  in the sports hall during the passing-out ceremony in the Garda College in Templemore. Photograph:  Brian Gavin/Press 22

Almost 150 new members of force take part in passing-out ceremony in Templemore

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan  said a minimum level of staffing was required to provide day-to-day policing while also reforming the force.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Noirin O’Sullivan speaking amid political controversy over lack of appointments to key posts

 The Government is facing the prospect of a legal challenge from a group of senior Garda officers. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Government faces challenge from senior gardaí who may have to reapply for positions

Gardaí said the road was being examined by its crash scene investigators. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The 70-year-old was cycling on the N52 just north of Mullingar in the afternoon

Acting on intelligence, the Cab moved against a gang  on Thursday by searching seven premises including solicitors’ and accountants’ offices.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Garda sources say gang leaders have been ‘living lavish lifestyles far beyond legal means’

GRA general secretary Pat Ennis won a confidence vote by 25 votes to 16 yesterday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Garda Representative Association has yet to make a decision on any recommendation

Garda Representative Association general secretary Pat Ennis. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pat Ennis faced motion after split over handling of last Friday’s averted strike action

GRA general secretary Pat Ennis: the no-confidence motion arises from dissatisfaction in some quarters about how events of last week were handled. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Infighting at Garda Representative Association over decision not to continue with strike

GRA general secretary Pat Ennis: insiders say he is facing accusations he was never in favour of the strike. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

GRA general secretary’s no-confidence vote looms amid claims he always opposed strike

Gardaí believe Terence Kelly began the process of committing to becoming a suicide bomber for Isis while living in Ardagh, Co Longford. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Kelly began commitment to become Isis suicide bomber while in Longford, say gardaí

Armed Garda checkpoint on Friday: GRA members turned up for work, but it is far from clear if they will vote to accept the latest deal. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Significant number in GRA executive wanted to reject Labour Court recommendation

Ciaran O’Neill, president of the Garda Representative Association: his message was clear – nothing had changed and the strike was still on. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Contingency plans for cover interfere with GRA resolve ahead of Labour Court talks

Garda Helena Power in a Garda Representative Association  advert backing extra pay for officers: Garda Power was attacked at the fire in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, on October 31st, 2008

Officer who features in GRA advert was kicked repeatedly in face at Halloween bonfire

Christy Morrison, Paul McDermott,  Antoinette Cunningham, Cormac Moylan and Chris Cronin of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors who called off the industrial action planned for Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government set to accept pay deal that goes beyond €30m package rejected by GRA

Members of the Garda Representative Association hold a press conference on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Garda Representative Association executive to consider recommendation in pay dispute

Members of the Garda Representative Association   arrive at the Workplace Relations Commission  for talks. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Some gardaí say O’Sullivan’s directive to show for duty has strengthened resolve to stay home

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