Bob Olson, chief inspector of the Garda Siochana Inspectorate: he also  acknowledged “that some of the criticisms are not unique to An Garda Síochána, they are present in many other police forces around the world”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Garda Inspectorate report presented a “significant opportunity” to reform the force and is a “devastating critique” of the systems operated by An(...)

A Garda College graduation ceremony. The first class of Garda recruits for five years entered  the college at Templemore, Co Tipperary, just last month.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The most eye-catching item in the justice allocation for next year is the speed at which Garda recruitment is to unfold.The first class of Garda recru(...)

New Garda vehicles are to be given priority. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The justice area is set to benefit from higher spending for the first time since 2008, with both capital and current budgets set for significant incre(...)

Acting Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan arriving at Leinster House on   Thursday for an Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee meeting. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A claim by acting Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan that the loss of almost 1,500 gardaí in recent years has in no way affected the force’s polici(...)

 Nóirín O Sullivan: said Garda had ‘adequate’ resources to meet its obligations.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said the search for a new Garda commissioner would stretch beyond Ireland and the Garda Authority may hav(...)

Acting Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said she believed the force still had adequate resources for policing. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Garda force had been hit by budget cuts that “constrained” it, but it still had “adequate” resources to meet its obligations, acting Garda Commiss(...)

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald who said today that  the establishment of the new authority was ‘reforming step’ that she hoped would happen before the end of the year. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said the search for a new Garda Commissioner would stretch beyond Ireland and that the Garda Authority may(...)

The process by which senior Garda officers are appointed is at the heart of it. All appointments from superintendent and higher are made by the Government.

On the face of it, comments by the head of the Garda Inspectorate, Bob Olson, yesterday were less than sensational.He was frank and honest but there w(...)

Dr Richard O’Flaherty, a member of the Justice4All group , claimed in one case an elderly woman had slipped into a diabetic coma as gardaí questioned her about a relative’s alleged involvement in crime.

Training in An Garda Siochana has ground to a halt to such an extent that some detectives have not been trained at all, the body charged with identify(...)

 File image of a speed  camera mounted on the Stillorgan Road in Dublin. Former chief superintendent John O’Brien has said the biggest issues he identified in the penalty points system were problems in serving summonses to motorists who ignored initial demands to pay fines and take their  points. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The former head of the Garda Traffic Corps who went on to work for the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, John O’Brien, has said a report he (...)