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:

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

Former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan was “removed from his office”, according to the head of the Garda Representative Association PJ Stone. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Garda body maintains opinion despite Kenny saying Fennelly report clears him

Martin Callinan with Alan Shatter: on March 25th, 2014, the garda commissioner retired with no notice for “family reasons”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The need for policing reform is clear as problems continue to undermine trust

Martin Callinan: cannot be compelled to co-operate with Garda review. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Review of interim report of Fennelly commission expected to last months

Former secretary general of the Department of Justice Brian Purcell left post after Callinan controversy.  File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Former secretary general of Department of Justice saw Callinan day before resignation

Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan who was arrested on Tuesday in connection with an alleged incident in a pub in Co Monaghan. Mr Conlan was later released without charge.

Cavan Monaghan deputy questioned over pub incident before release without charge

 Garda commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan: report reveals significant communication breakdown involving O’Sullivan, as well as other key Garda personnel.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Martin Callinan disadvantaged during crisis due to “internal communication failures”

Noirín O’Sullivan: did she consult with officers serving in the Border region, a senior garda wondered.

Supply of laundered fuel and counterfeit cigarettes as plentiful as ever, say sources

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy has criticised a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to charge those suspected of involvement in the protest that saw Joan Burton trapped in her car. . Photograph: Eric Luke

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD says Joan Burton is ‘hated’ in Jobstown

Saverio Bellante: his chances of securing release depend on the success of his treatment and the risk he poses to the community and to himself

Two psychiatrists found Italian met criteria for verdict of ‘not guilty by reason of insanity’

Paul Murphy TD speaking on realese from Terenure Garda station in Dublin where he was questioned about his role in a protest in which Tánaiste Joan Burton was trapped in her car.  The Anti-Austerity Alliance TD  has criticised a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions to charge people suspected of involvement in the incident. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Up to 20 people present when Tánaiste was trapped in car expected to appear in court

 Jennifer Dornan: police investigating the murder of the 30-year-old mother are searching for a cream-coloured jacket believed to have been worn by Jennifer’s murderer. Photograph: Alan Lewis/Photopress Belfast

Mother of three stabbed in her home before house was set alight, postmortem finds

There are 48 boys and one girl housed on the Oberstown campus near Lusk, north Co Dublin.

One teen still unaccounted for after four originally fled using builders’ ladders

Jennifer Dornan, 30-year-old mother of three, was found dead in the shell of her home at Hazel View, Lagmore, Dunmurry

Extradition of suspect now being considered by PSNI after man hunt involving gardaí

Saverio Bellante, Tom O’Gorman

Italian man was charged with killing landlord Tom O’Gorman in Castleknock in 2014

Saverio Bellante told gardaí ‘I am guilty’ when charged with killing Tom O’Gorman at house in Castleknock

Background: Bellante killed landlord Tom O’Gorman and consumed part of his body

Saverio Bellante: Diagnosed with religious hysterical deliria in 2005.

Two days after coming off medicine Saverio Bellante fatally attacked Tom O’Gorman

Emergency services pictured at Cloverhill Prison Dublin after the prisoners staged a protest on the roof of the prison. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Disciplinary hearings for prisoners involved in disturbance to commence on Thursday

Emergency services pictured at Cloverhill Prison Dublin on Wednesday  afternoon. Photograph: Collins Photos

Garda launches inquiry as prison hostage assaulted and 10 others hospitalised

The house in Hackballscross, Co Louth, where Ms Quigley was found dead. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

James Quigley believed to have been very troubled by drowning of son (10) in 1980s

Gardaí and emergency services at the scene of the fatal cras on the M1 in Louth on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gardaí think James Quigley (69) beat his wife to death before driving wrong way down M1

Gardaí and emergency services at the scene of the fatal crash on the M1 in Louth on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gardaí believe man who drove wrong way down M1 was taking own life after murder

Gardaí at a house where a woman was found dead near Hackballscross, Co Louth. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The body of a woman with serious head injuries was found in a home in Rathmore, Co Louth

A kite, of the type being developed by the Naval Service, in use on a commercial vessel

Kite-based technology is capable of monitoring vessels on US coast from Irish waters

Members of the Irish Army Ranger Wing in Goz Beida in Chad: meagre manpower and difficult terrain will benefit from  the ability to see via drones and telescopes attached to kites. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Radar, telescopes and wifi elevated into the sky by kites will be great boon to Army capability

Ivor Callely, of St Lawrence’s Road, Clontarf, Dublin, is on bail having been released six days early from a five-month prison term. Photograph: Courts Collins

State will pursue former Fianna Fáil minister for any legal costs to which it may be entitled

The value to the Garda of mining data one even one phone in an inquiry is significant. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Investigation has led to Garda accessing journalists’ telephone activity

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Messages and call details accessed from phone of officer who is under investigation

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Taoiseach Enda Kenny   and Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan at the Garda College in Templemore on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Justice says Incitement to Hatred Act should have ‘gaps’ reviewed

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan at  graduation ceremony at the Garda College Templemore on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Garda Commissioner also denies that journalists’ phones were monitored or tapped

The Garda and Road Safety Authority have been accused of publishing confusing and misleading information about the new on-the-spot fines for cyclists

Helmets urged in publicity material though use optional under law

Gardaí are investigating racist attack that has seen a mother and her children forced from their home

Gardaí investigating incident that saw ‘blacks out’ spray painted on house

Ivor Callely: prisoners’ 25 per cent remission does not have to be earned, despite often being referred to as “time off for good behaviour”. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Former politician was automatically entitled to 25 per cent remission when in jail last year

Mick Wallace said he spoke to two gardaí: “They were pretty sharp individuals, so hopefully they have the wherewithal to sort it.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation to test truth of corruption and bribery claims

Ivor Callely leaving court yesterday after the High Court judgment. Photograph: Courts Collins

Former Fianna Fáil politician applied for release 28 days into 150-day jail sentence

Mick Wallace said he spoke to two gardaí: “They were pretty sharp individuals, so hopefully they have the wherewithal to sort it.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation to test truth of corruption and bribery claims

A baby has been born on board the Naval Service’s LÉ Niamh during an operation in the Mediterranean in which 14 pregnant women were among 370 people rescued.

Girl, whose mother was among 370 people who left Libya for Italy, named Destiny

Claims that a Nama official asked for ‘cash in a bag’ to allow a construction firm exit the agency are to be investigated by the Garda fraud squad.

Officers will check if Nama official named by Wallace was assigned to developer in agency

Last September the Irish Naval Service seized cocaine valued at €358.75 million on the yacht Makayabella off the Cork coast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There is approx one legally held firearm for every 22 people residing in the Republic

The funeral procession of veteran Derry Republican Peggy O’Hara in Derry on Saturday. Mrs O’Hara’s son Patsy O’Hara died in the 1981 hunger strike protest.  Photograph: Margaret McLaughlin

PSNI criticised over paramilitary trappings at funeral of Mrs Peggy O’Hara in Derry

The Lurgan attack is the latest perpetrated by dissident republicans who have sought to destabilise the peace process in the North by targeting, and in some cases killing, members of the PSNI.

Gerry Adams says time has come for those involved to ‘cease their activities’

Seven public and private hospitals were already under investigation for their medical procurement practices before last night’s Prime Time documentary, according to the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Varadkar disappointed by ‘unethical, greedy’ behaviour in health service

Among the resources drafted into the city centre are Garda trucks, such as the one above,  that have been fitted with holding cells. Photograph: The Irish Times

Strong garda presence mounted for Dublin ‘flashpoint water charge protest’

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said the legislation was a “landmark” development. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister says the aim of new legislation is to put victims at centre of the justice system

Magnus Meyer Hustveit was given a suspended sentence for the rape and sexual assault of his former partner. Photograph: Frank Miller

“We are very surprised considering the severity of the crimes that he committed”

The case of a Garda member being fined a five figure sum after having sex with a prostitute he was investigating should be examined more fully, an agency assisting women in the sex trade has said.

Advocacy group ‘concerned’ at details of case involving woman who was under investigation

Members of the Army’s bomb disposal unit at the location where suspected explosive device was found at Shaw St in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Traffic and rail services disrupted while gardaí and Army examined possible bomb

Customs officers find just under €300,000 in untraceable bank notes

Christy Keane was shot outside the gym at University of Limerick on June 30th.

Security in Limerick under review as concern at gang role of younger criminals grows

Among the leaked emails, files and digital records were four emails sent between members of the Defence Forces and employees of the company. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Italian company Hacking Team had 400GB of data downloaded from its files

A woman who alleges that she was subjected to domestic abuse has made a complaint to gardai in north Dublin.  A Facebook  video in which she makes the allegations has been viewed more than 3 million times.

Video on Facebook watched 3m times, gardai open investigation after formal complaint

Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt  is nearing the end of a 20-year sentence.

U-turn means jailed terrorist to be freed within weeks for first period of short releases

Injured include competitors and spectators after car spun off road and into field

The anti-water charges protest outside the Dáil on Wednesday. Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan is to appear before an Oireachtas committee on Friday morning to discuss the policing of the demonstration.  Photograph: Dave Meehan.

Video footage of anti-water charges campaigners being studied by investigators

New offences introduced on Thursday will see cyclists punished for a range of offences. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Penalties of up to €2,000 could apply to those who do not pay fine and end up in court

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe TD and  Moyagh Murdock, chief executive of the  Road Safety Authority. Photograph: Collins

RSA conference told 72 people have been killed in collisions so far this year

A Garda and Army convoy escorts Michael McKevitt  from the Special Criminal Court in Dublin, following a court appearance in 2003. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dáil deputies complain “dirty and dusty” prison no place for Michael McKevitt

Photograph from February 2008 of Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Son says he feels no other prisoner who had major surgery would return to jail so soon

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said the increase had come after a “sustained period of reductions”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Garda Commissioner plans specialist operations to tackle burglary hotspots

How can senior Garda management determine where they should place their dwindling front-line resources? Photograph: Frank Miller

With such unreliable figures, decisions about deployment are being made in a vacuum

Recorded burglary and related offences have been underestimated in the official Garda statistics by 18 per cent, the CSO’s Review of the Quality of Crime Statistics found. File photograph: Getty Images

CSO estimates 18% of crime initially recorded outside Pulse never input into Garda database

In some Garda divisions, a 20 per cent of all crimes recorded were not captured on the Garda’s PULSE computerised database, according to a report published on Tuesday.

Almost half of all crime categories show the number of recorded offences is increasing

Lorna Carty, from Co Meath, who was  killed in a terrorist attack at a resort in Tunisia.

Lorna Carty, from Robinstown, Co Meath, shot dead in assault on beach at Sousse resort

Lorna Carty,   nurse and mother of two, from Robinstown, Co Meath:  killed by gunman at Sousse beach resort

Lorna Carty was holidaying with husband Declan as he recovered from heart surgery

Police arrest a man suspected of being involved in an attack on a beachside hotel in Sousse, Tunisia. Reports suggest  an Irish woman is among the 28 people shot dead.

At least 63 people have been killed in attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait

On foot of an incorrect release of a man from custody Gsoc has  suggested some members of the force required training in basic administration.

Celyn Eadon mistakenly allowed to leave court and murdered mother 3 weeks later

A fourth man was arrested on Monday morning in Limerick city in connection with the shooting of Andrew O’Donoghue and is currently being detained at Henry Street Garda station. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Andrew O’Donoghue (51) was killed in a drive-by shooting at Murroe in Co Limerick

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