Force seemed unaware a major drug dealer would be at Regency Hotel event

Shooting gardaí at the scene of a shooting at Poplar Row , North Strand , Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Frances Fitzgerald describes Poplar Row incident as a ‘deplorable example of the ruthlessness of gangland criminals’

A number of print and online media outlets anticipated  gangland figures would be at the boxing tournament weigh-in at the Regency Airport Hotel and  sent journalists there. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Lack of Garda surveillance at the event due to dearth of funds, claim some in force

Christy Kinahan Senior. Photograph courtesy of the Sunday World

Christy Kinahan is regarded as the biggest wholesaler of drugs for Irish crime gangs

David Byrne: list of convictions was minimal but he was regarded as a significant gangland figure by gardaí. Photograph: Paddy Cummins

The 34-year-old was a target for every specialist Garda unit fighting organised crime

Gardai outside the Regency Hotel in Dublin where the fatal shooting of David Byrne (34) took place. Photograph: Collins

Gardaí confident they can identify three of the six-man gang who murdered David Byrne

A simmering feud has erupted.  Crime scene at the Regency  Hotel. Photograph: Alan Betson

Regency Hotel shooting is one of the most significant gangland crimes in decades

Civilians leave the the scene of the shooting at the Regency Hotel. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Two injured in attack in Regency Hotel at weigh-in ahead of boxing match

Police and forensic officers attend the scene of a shooting at the Regency Airport Hotel in Dublin,  February 5th, 2016. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

David Byrne (32) from Crumlin was member of Irish-led crime cartel in southern Spain

A body is removed from the Regency Airport Hotel in Dublin after a shooting on Friday, February 5th, 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

People flee as shots fired at boxing weigh-in, gardai believe shooting may be part of feud

Kenneth O’Brien’s coffin is carried from St. Matthew’s Church, Ballyfermot on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Family of murdered Dublin man ‘affected in worst possible way’ since remains discovered

What makes use of computer  and call data any different to a search warrant on a house? Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Comments come as State begins review of Gsoc access to journalists’ phone records

Chairwoman Josephine Feehily at the Policing Authority’s press conference. “It will take time for the authority to establish itself fully.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Meetings between authority and Garda Commissioner to be open to public

Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Body issues tender seeking to recruit investigators for inquiry ordered by Alan Shatter

Policing Authority chairman Josephine Feehily said her agency would  consider policing priorities, resources and performance targets. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Speaking as oversight body starts work Feehily says public confidence is crucial

Independent TD Clare Daly. Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Justice4All claims 90% of complainants were told no further action would be taken

Mr Murphy’s  home remained sealed off on Monday as Garda technical experts continued with a forensic examination which is expected to last a number of days. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times  The man under arrest is the chief suspect in the case and was known to the victim. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Marcus 'Murt' Brennan (46) was attacked at his home on Frederick Avenue

The Gsoc inquiry will seek to establish why no prosecution was pursued in the aftermath of such a serious incident.

Gerry O’Dea overturned his car and said another vehicle had fled the scene

Garda underwater unit members search the canal near Sallins in pursuit of evidence in connection with the murder of Kenneth O’Brien. Photograph: Collins

Gardaí believe killing and disposal of parts carried out by criminals working together

Gsoc comments come after Taoiseach Enda Kenny says access appropriate only in national security cases. Photograph: The Irish Times

Watchdog says public do not expect emergence of documents given to gardaí

Katy French investigation: the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission accessed two journalists’ phone records as part of its response to alleged leaks about the death of the model, in 2007. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission turns out to be just one of the organisations that can demand records from telephone and (...)

 Gardaí  search  the area near  the canal where Kenneth O’Brien’s torso was found on Saturday. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Discovery of ecstasy with an estimated value of €50,000 is unrelated to murder inquiry

Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger, who lives in Blanchardstown, said: “My car was broken into before Christmas. That’s a regular feature and people don’t even report it.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Socialist TD claims politicians jumping on rural crime ‘bandwagon’ as electioneering ploy

Gardaí search in farmhouses and at a lake in the area around where the dismembered body of Kenneth O’Brien was found last weekend. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Gardaí carry out review of messages to and from Kenneth O’Brien’s mobile phone

Kenneth O’Brien: Torso was discovered in a suitcase in the Grand Canal

Detectives indicate review of messages to and from victim’s mobile phone under way

Digital Rights Ireland  is currently challenging the retention of data by telecoms companies in Ireland. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

Legislation found to be unconstitutional or contrary to fundamental rights

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said the review would be completed within three months. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New inquiry will cover data requests from gardaí, GSOC, Revenue and Defence Forces

The Garda has so far dodged the data-protection bullet

It is estimated the force makes nearly 60 requests a day for covert access to phone data and records

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon: Her office’s audit of the Garda will be completed in the first half of this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Data Protection Commissioner’s audit to include GSOC, Revenue and Defence Forces

The Garda and GSOC have refused to release data revealing how many times they have accessed phone and internet records, using powers that mean they do not require judicial consent. Photograph: The Irish Times

Revelation likely to trigger debate about force’s use of powers for spying on public

The Garda Síochána Act 2005 established GSOC, to investigate complaints against gardaí, and it conferred on GSOC many of the same powers as the Garda. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

As communications technology has expanded, so has the State’s power to snoop

Former minister for justice Michael McDowell: provision in Garda Síochána Act 2005 making a criminal offence of any such leak was his brainchild. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

National Union of Journalist says amendment was not considered fully at the time

Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Niall Collins aims to introduce the Garda Síochána (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Dáil. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald asked to explain the extent of media surveillance

Last week The Irish Times revealed the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) had viewed two journalists’ phone records without the journalists’ knowledge or consent on foot of a complaint about reports on the death of model Katy French in 2007. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Fitzgerald to present report on journalists’ phone records to Cabinet on Tuesday

Members of the Garda sub aqua unit at the scene near the village of Ardclough, Co Kildare, where a dismembered body was found inside a container dumped in the Grand Canal. Photograph: PA

Gardaí believe murder victim may have been dismembered with the use of power tools

There are at least seven other inquiries under way by GSOC and the Garda into the leaking of information to the media. Photograph: The Irish Times

Move follows concern over development in Garda watchdog inquiry on possible leaks

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: “I recognise that issues of concern have been raised.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Frances Fitzgerald says public debate sparked U-turn

Gardaí search the canal bank having begun a murder investigation following the discovery of human remains at the Grand Canal in Ardclough, Co Kildare. Photograph: Eric Luke

Discovery of torso in suitcase in Grand Canal gruesome but not unprecedented

Members of the Garda sub aqua unit near the village of Ardclough, Co Kildare, where a body was found. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Garda teams search for body parts missing from man’s remains discovered in suitcase

Gardaí search the Grand Canal bank in Ardclough, Co Kildare, where the body of a man was found in a suitcase on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Appeal for anyone who was at Grand Canal near Ardclough lately to come forward

Minister for JusticeFrances Fitzgerald. AGSI has urged her to limit the GSOC’s new powers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gardaí say the accessing of journalists’ mobile records is a ‘worrying’ development

GSOC has interviewed two senior Garda officers after their phone numbers were found on the mobile phone records of two journalists. File photograph: Getty Images

NUJ expresses concern over GSOC inquiry into how journalists sourced information

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission: The commission was granted Garda-style powers last year to access phone records if required during the investigation of serious offences

Ombudsman used new powers to scrutinise phone records without informing reporters

Garda recruits in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Fanfare announcements’ on recruitment at odds with fall in numbers, says AGSI

Graduating members of the Garda  in Templemore. File photograph: Alan Betson

Representative association brands figures ‘perturbing and disheartening’

Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy: Refused to engage with Criminal Assets Bureau for a decade. Photograph: Collins

Former IRA man convicted for not filing tax returns may face multimillion euro demand

Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy (66) of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth arriving at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin. Photopraph: Collins Courts

Murphy farm straddles Border making smuggling through it virtually undetectable

Thomas “Slab” Murphy was found guilty of not paying income tax for nine years. Murphy was remanded on continuing bail until February 12th next year, when he will be sentenced. Photograph: Collins

Prison term may lead to influential Murphy faction turning on party chief Gerry Adams

Prison conditions: A washroom in E Block of Portlaoise jail

Prisoners in Portlaoise say ‘crumbling’ jail a health risk and breach of their human rights

Gardaí at the scene of the siege in the Deerpark housing estate in Tallaght, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Profile: The man who fired 40 shots while barricaded in Dublin property for 13 hours

Mountjoy Prison: former inmate Matthew Gray. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish inmates can spend up to 40 days at a time in 23-hour-a-day confinement, entirely alone or with just a few others, despite re(...)

Members of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) have reacted angrily to news that the group’s officials have approved a €200 Christmas bonus for their partners. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Rank-and-file gardaí react angrily to news of payouts to spouses of GRA executives

“In all these matters the honest are dealt with and the dishonest, or at least the very careless, usually escape,”  said Judge William Hamill of those driving cases involving warrants. File photograph: Frank Miller.

William Hamill says legal loopholes create system where honest are punished

If you commit a road traffic offence in a vehicle after deliberately or carelessly submitting the wrong contact details, the State will not be able to find you to prosecute you. Photograph: Frank Miller

Analysis: Giving incorrect information means people can often be beyond the law

Man detained by gardaí at courthouse where he was to appear on unrelated charges

The last trace of Trevor Deely, who was aged 22 when he vanished, was a phone call from Dublin city centre to a friend after 4am on  December 8th, 2000

Bereft father Michael Deely retains faith: ‘If you give up hope, you give up everything’

The main Garda representative bodies are unhappy that aspects of the report figured in the media before they could review it. Photograph: The Irish Times

AGSI and GRA express disappointment at not being consulted about the final document

Garda Inspectorate’s ‘snapshot’ study finds that sometimes only 40% of gardaí are on operational duties

 Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan was appointed in the aftermath of the controversies that saw her predecessor Martin Callinan leave the force. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some of the findings in report are, quite simply, jaw dropping

Armed gardaí approach a  security  van in the cargo area of Dublin Airport during this week’s attempted tiger raid. Photograph: Colin Keegan Collins

Upgraded security measures have limited the appeal of tiger robberies for criminals

Garda tape across the house on Gracefield Road, Artane, from where two women were kidnapped during a tiger raid on Wednesday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Surveillance increased on four suspected crime bosses, all due in court next year

The house on Gracefield Road, Artane from where two women were kidnapped. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Family of three ‘traumatised’ after ordeal at hands of armed gang

The incident involved the abduction of a family at Gracefield road, Artane in Dublin. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Criminal gang forces man working with cash-in-transit company to hand over €200,000

Pearse McAuley leaves Cavan Courthouse following his sentencing for the Christmas 2014 attack on his wife Pauline Tully. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan.

Republican met future wife while jailed for killing of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe

The front page of The Irish Times on June 28th 1985 following the murder of Garda Sgt Patrick Morrissey in Co Louth. The men convicted of his killing, Martin McHugh and Noel Callan, have been released.

Martin McHugh and Noel Callan shot Sgt Patrick Morrissey dead in Louth in 1985

A file image of a phone found in a shoe in Mountjoy Prison in 2013. An investigation has begun into allegations that a solicitor passed a phone to an inmate. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Woman allegedly gave phone to convicted rapist in a jail outside Dublin last year

Gardaí have recovered assault rifles and mortars in an investigation into the activities of dissident republicans.

Gardaí make discovery during extensive search and excavation in Scotstown area

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

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