Kathleen O’Toole  suggests waning confidence in the Garda is not about Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Time to move away from name-calling and finger-pointing, says Kathleen O’Toole

 While An Garda Síochána’s Armed Support Units were launched in December 2016, rank-and-file gardaí are concerned about the force’s ability to cope if an attack occurred. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

While Armed Support Units play deterrent role, debate around security is often vague

gardaí have arrested two men and seized €900,000 as part of an investigation into a sophisticated online fraud. The men are being questioned at Blanchardstown Garda station.

Garda questioning two men in west Dublin as part of investigation into online fraud

Christy Kinahan

Det Supt Seamus Boland says inquiry scoring successes against key targets

Stephen Kershaw: “I got justice, but if I’d known then what I know now, I never would have gone through with it.” Photograph: Alan Betson

As a child Stephen Kershaw was abused by Brian Doolan, a legal lecturer who wrote about children’s rights

 Brian Doolan (72), a former senior law lecturer,  pleaded not guilty to 44 charges of sexual abuse, including 11 counts of rape. He was convicted on 42 of the charges and sentenced to 12 years, with two suspended.

Former DIT law lecturer Brian Doolan jailed over a year ago but could not be named at time

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Frances Fitzgerald. File photograph: Houses of the Oireachtas/PA Wire

Allegations an activist was wire-tapped are ‘shocking’, Richard Boyd Barrett says

Forensic experts examine James “Mago” Gately’s car after he was shot and critically injured in an attack linked to the Kinahan-Hutch feud at a service station in   Clonshaugh, north Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Crime gang suspects in custody and facing long jail sentences reveal what they know

  Nóirín O’Sullivan: was called to answer questions about inflated drink-driving test figures and wrongful motoring convictions. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Nóirín O’Sullivan only backed down after the authority complained to Minister for Justice

The aftermath of a shooting at a service station in Dublin on Wednesday, along with the victim, James Gately (inset). Photograph: Collins

Gardaí believe shooting at Dublin service station was part of Kinahan-Hutch feud

Niall Kelly, head of the Garda’s audit unit, has contacted the Policing Authority to clarify a number of matters around the inflated breath-test figures. File photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Senior civilian executive Niall Kelly breaks ranks with HQ over recent scandal

Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan with the Garda’s  head of human resources John Barrett. Both gave different accounts of their meeting to discuss problems  at the Garda College. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Garda head of human resources John Barrett not part of force’s culture

Forensics look at the car where a man was shot and critically injured at a Topaz Station on the Clonshaugh Road, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Victim who was close to Gary Hutch critically injured in afternoon shooting in Coolock

Members of the Garda Emergency Response Unit take part in  a  counterterrorism exercise with members of other European police agencies  at the ESB generating station in the Pigeon House, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins, Dublin.

Investigation into suspects linked to Isis was Irish component of international operation

An Algerian in his 30s was still being held on Tuesday night in connection with an alleged Isis money-laundering operation.

Man arrested over alleged money-laundering as part of international terrorism inquiry

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan giving evidence to the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday. Screengrab: Oireachtas TV

Garda Commissioner contradicted by HR chief over meeting on Templemore irregularities

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan decided to establish a working group to examine the issues at the college. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Head of internal audit unit says he felt duped into believing issues were being resolved

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan is expected to come in for a very strong line of questioning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Noirin O’Sullivan appears before Public Accounts Committee on financial irregularities

Deputy Commissioner John Twomey: said armed support unit dealing with about three serious incidents in Dublin each day. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Deputy commissioner praises work of unit introduced in wake of gang feud

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald told the Association of Garda Superintendents conference that supervisors and managers were responsible for what goes on on their watch. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Data inflation raises serious ‘ethic and culture issues’, says Minister for Justice

Garda superintendents have insisted that no members of the force set out to deliberately inflate drink driving test breath test data. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire.

‘Decent’ machines to handle data should have been provided if records the priority

Policing Authority chairperson Josephine Feehily at Dublin Castle on  Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Improved package required to attract candidates, says head of Policing Authority

Josephine Feehily, chair of the Policing Authority: the authority will make the case again for appointments from overseas in its submissions to the Commission on the Future of Policing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Policing Authority chief criticises ‘closed culture’ in force and slow pace of reforms

Assistant Garda Commissioner Michael Finn (centre)  at a public session of the Policing Authority in Dublin Castle on Thursday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and authority chair Josephine Feehily face off

Detectives believe the Waterford-based couple have been taking donations from Islamic State sympathisers online and sending the funds on to Syria. File photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí believe pair took donations from Islamic State sympathisers and sent to Syria

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan  at Dublin Castle during a meeting with the Policing Authority on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Only 8% of motorists bring licences to courts to have penalty points attached

Assistant Garda commissioner John Twomey (centre) and commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the Policing Authority hearing on Thursday. Image via Youtube

Meeting told a number of domestic murders have been classified as assaults causing harm

Two days before last winter’s  threatened garda strike a small number of GRA negotiators met with senior management. After the meeting a GRA statement asked a large number of gardaí from key units to report for work

GRA conference removes a number of motions because they are ‘defamatory’

Beards are all the rage for police officers over in the UK but are banned for gardaí. Photograph: iStock

Nobody wants to ‘reunite the Dubliners’ but GRA conference hears call for change on facial hair

A secondary school teacher on the first point of a 25-point pay scale could be fined €894 for speeding if the UK system was introduced here. File photograph: Alan Betson

Emphasis should be on roads enforcement and preservation of life, says garda body

 Deputy Commissioner John Twomey: “I want to assure the public that every death is treated seriously and every death has been investigated.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Review of 41 cases reveals some unlawful deaths had not been correctly classified

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan speaking at the GRA Conference in Galway on Tuesday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Tánaiste echoes Commissioner’s view, saying rank-and-file must also accept responsibility

The officer was speaking at the annual conference of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) in Salthill, Galway, where assaults on Garda members are being highlighted. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Louis Brown disappointed with protection offered officers after being attacked on duty

Delegates at the opening session of the GRA’s 39th annual conference, in Co Galway. Photograph: Conor   Ó Mearain

GRA says their members will be first to the scene of any terrorist incident in Ireland

GRA president Ciarán O’Neill says association not given data to support “what was being alleged” relating to one million phantom tests. Photograph: Conor Ó Mearáin

GRA says recording system botched from time of roll-out almost a decade ago

GRA president Ciarán O’Neill: “Our management don’t even class us as victims.” Photograph: Conor Ó Mearáin

Attacks not recorded unless member forced to take three days off work to recover

The GRA wants the Garda public order unit  on standby across the State at weekends

Public-order patrols already introduced in Dublin to deal with weekend disturbances

Cadets at Kilworth Camp, Cork, were found to be ‘in an unsafe location’ during live fire.

Trainees escape injury after being exposed to live fire at Kilworth Camp, Co Cork

This year’s GRA conference is littered with motions on the inner workings of the organisation

Bad atmosphere lingers over contingency plan for strike by gardaí

Stephen Lynch (32) was  beaten with a hammer in an altercation and then run over.

One of the suspects in killing of Stephen Lynch lives in Crumlin but may have fled the State

Line of duty: Sgt Dave Haughney lost more than three-quarters of the vision in his left eye after he was attacked

Sgt Dave Haughney barely survived the assault that turned his life upside down

 Garda Tony Golden: father of three shot dead by Adrian Crevan Mackin when he accompanied Siobhán Philips  to her Louth home in 2015. Photograph: Garda/PA Wire

Adrian Crevan Mackin killed himself and garda, and wounded Siobhán Philips in 2015

The remains of murdered Garda Anthony Golden are carried into St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Garda watchdog investigating State’s handling of Adrian Crevan Mackin case

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who saw people acting suspiciously or vehicles parked or pulling away from that area around the time of the raid to come forward. Photograph: Frank Miller

Employee released after money was surrendered to raiders in Athy service station

Sgt Pat Baldwin said in many cases when video and photographs of gardaí policing protests were published online, those viewing them were invited to comment. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gardaí cite examples of people recording them with ‘nefarious intent’

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors say the roads are so dangerous for cyclists that they need to take action to protect themselves by wearing safety gear.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

AGSI conference hears cyclists should use hi-vis clothes and helmets for protection

Sgt Maurice McCabe: he has alleged he was subjected to a smear campaign  when he began publicising shortcomings in policing in the Cavan-Monaghan division. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘We were slowly ridiculed. Whatever self-esteem we had coming in was certainly gone’

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has told senior gardaí they ‘must do better’ to restore public confidence in the force. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Garda Commissioner says officers must ‘do better’ to restore public trust in the force

Gardai at the scene in Tolka Valley Park, Finglas. Photograph: Collins.

Decapitated body found in shallow grave in Dublin park during search for rapist

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is addressing the AGSI conference. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nóirín O’Sullivan set to address sergeants and inspectors at annual conference

AGSI members stand for a minute’s silence in tribute to the crew of Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 at their conference in Killarney on Monday. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Delegates at AGSI conference in Kerry view Fitzgerald’s absence as disrespectful

Members of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors stood for a minute’s silence in tribute to the crew lost on the Irish Coast Guard’s Rescue 116 helicopter. Photograph: Don MacMonagle.

AGSI does not believe its members will be blamed for alcohol breath test debacle

Antoinette Cunningham: It will be the first time we will address the Commissioner about recent revelations.

Agsi: Irish people understand the unique contribution’ of gardaí

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan told superintendents the inflating of breath test data was ‘shameful’ and ‘absolutely shocking’. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Nóirín O’Sullivan faces criticism over her handling of the breath test scandal

‘We need to ratchet up the awareness’ of cyber-crime, says EU Commissioner for Security Union, Julian King. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Former British ambassador Julian King also says Brexit will not hit Common Travel Area

Members in Mayo want Agsi to lobby  Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to extend more protections from online harassment to  members of force: Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sergeants and inspectors also want obligatory high-vis clothing for cyclists, pedestrians

Gardaí remove evidence from the scene of the shooting of an elderly woman at Oliver Plunkett Avenue, Monkstown, Dublin, last Friday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Two released without charge after 72 hours; woman recovering after surgery

The unlawful recording of non-999 calls by the Garda may have ceased, but there remains concern there is no statutory basis even for the continued recording of emergency calls. File photograph: Getty Images

Fennelly finds lack of legislation on taping 999 calls does not make such recordings illegal

Nicky Kelly after he was freed from prison in 1984. Photograph: Tom Lawlor/The Irish Times

We list the big controversies to hit the Garda since the 1970s

Kinahan-Hutch feud has provoked a major reaction from the Garda.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

List of names of people linked to the Hutch family found

Trevor Deely: CCTV footage contains the last known sighting of him  at 4.14am outside the then Bank of Ireland building on the corner of Baggot Street and Haddington Road

UK specialists examined CCTV footage from night Deely disappeared in Dublin in 2000

Because the Garda operation around suspects and likely targets on both sides of the feud is so intense at present, the use of gunmen from abroad could frustrate the Garda.

Estonian man may have arrived in State to carry out shootings for the Kinahan gang

Gardaí inspect vehicles at a checkpoint in Co Dublin. Under new proposals it appears the full-strength capability would be slimmed down to 600 members. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Proposed changes would move focus away from breath testing and speed checks

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: “little evidence of real reform or cultural change”, said Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Party asks Policing Authority to take tough line with senior Garda management

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: has faced down calls  to step aside already this year over the  whistleblower controversy. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Commissioner is toughing it out politically, but Policing Authority won’t be fobbed off

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan leaves Leinster House on Thursday with Assistant Commissioner Donal Ó Cualáin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Party aims to avoid supporting Sinn Féin motion of no confidence in Nóirín O’Sullivan

The long and drawn-out audit paints a picture of an organisation that does not appear on its way to reform. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Wildly exaggerated breath-test figures and long delays reveal Garda resistant to change

Nóirín O’Sullivan: ‘If there are people who have found to have erred, or deliberate wrongdoing, yes there will be sanctions.’

Garda Commissioner appeared before committee over falsification of breath test data

Nationally, the Garda has admitted that 147,000 people were wrongly summoned to court over alleged notice offences and that 10 per cent of them were convicted. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Stink of perjury’ replaced by worse odour as drink-driving figures prove to be ball of smoke

It is thought the State will face a huge legal bill arising from prosecuted cases, which should never have proceeded.

Analysis: State is far behind other European countries on testing, even with fake figures

Crisis on her watch: Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Pressure mounts on Nóirín O’Sullivan over data discrepancy and slow Garda response

One Minister said support for Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan was “wafer thin”, and that there was an unspoken feeling at the Cabinet meeting that she should stand down.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Forensic accountants may be brought in to review all Garda data related to all crimes

Mountjoy Prison. Photograph: David Sleator

Tom Fox awaiting trial in connection with shooting dead of Gareth Hutch

It is expected Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will be called to appear before the Oireachtas Justice and Equality Committee on Wednesday. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Garda Commissioner expected to give a detailed explanation within the next 48 hours

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: statement was a clear attempt to claim the latest crises as resulting from some brave new reform process under way under her leadership. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

O’Sullivan on brink as statement on phantom breath tests leaves much unanswered

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Fianna Fáil and the Greens both said they no longer had confidence in the commissioner in light of the latest revelations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nóirín O’Sullivan likely to face questioning from Oireachtas justice committee

The week of  controversy has plunged senior Garda management, particularly Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, into fresh controversy. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Medical Bureau of Road Safety found in 2014 Garda test numbers ‘did not add up’

Fixed charged notices, which cover more than 60 road traffic offences which attract penalty points, are not sent by registered mail.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Drivers who claimed they never received notices of fines represent a different group

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said the full implications of this issue had yet to emerge but she understood the concern of the general public. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

But Frances Fitzgerald says she only learnt of the ‘appalling’ scale last week

 Chief Supt  Aidan Reid, Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn and Supt Con O’Donohue  at the Garda media briefing at Harcourt  Square yesterday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Creating records for one million drink driving tests that never happened is staggering

The Garda said a new IT system already installed should ensure the issuing of summonses to motorists who had already paid fines should cease. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

State facing bill of tens of millions of euro over fixed charge notices sent in error

The Policing Authority raised its concerns with Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan at a public meeting.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Policing Authority raised concerns with Commissioner after ‘Irish Times’ report

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

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