“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

The risk of becoming a victim of burglary is exaggerated in the Republic, but the Garda and other State agencies were compelled to respond to that fea(...)

Garda assistant commissioner Derek Byrne: force is very ’attuned’ to the public’s concern about rising burglary trends. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Burglary rates have increased by nearly a fifth across the State since a 2007 low. But more than three-quarters of the increase has come in Dublin,(...)

There have been 48 power line thefts in Ireland this year alone, accounting for some 40 tonnes of material Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

An Eastern European criminal gang has been identified as masterminding a rise in thefts of high voltage ESB power lines which are cut down in rural Ir(...)

Anti-water charges protesters  gathered in  Nenagh  on Saturday, August 8th, 2015,  and walked to the offices of Minister for Environment Alan Kelly (above),  where they chanted anti-government slogans. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Almost 200 people attended a protest against water charges in Nenagh, Co Tipperary on Saturday afternoon. The protest, organised by the Nenagh & D(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan being questioned about  Irish Water at the launch of Activate Capital. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Despite the Coalition’s muted protests about the troika forcing its hand on the water charges issue, Irish Water is very much a creature of Fine Gael.(...)

 John Tierney managing director of Irish Water. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

April 2009 Fine Gael suggests a new utility called Irish Water as part of its NewERA strategy.   November 2010 Fianna Fáil-led governm(...)

Research compiled by The Irish Times found that counties with high rates of penalty points suffered fewer road deaths per 100,000 people than counties with low points. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda Assistant Commissioner Derek Byrne has insisted that road traffic enforcement is consistent throughout the country despite findings which drew a(...)

Assistant Garda Commissioner Derek Byrne. Mr Byrne said  that cybercrime was one of the biggest emerging problems facing Irish households at the publication of the Crimestoppers annual report. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Cybercrime is one of the biggest emerging problems for Irish households, and people must take appropriate steps to secure their personal information, (...)

Irish Water protesters Bernie Hughes, Paul Moore, Derek Byrne and Damien O’Neill. Photograph: Collins

The President of the High Court has said he was obliged to free four anti-water charges protestors from prison last Monday but was “most unhappy at th(...)

Water protesters Damien O Neill, Derek Byrne, Paul Moore and Bernie Hughes pictured after they were released. Photograph: Collins

The President of the High Court has freed four jailed anti-water charges protesters after upholding their claims they were unlawfully detained in Moun(...)