Bridgeview halting site in Clondalkin, where Derek Hutch was shot dead  in a gangland killing related to the Hutch-Kinahan feud which has claimed 14 lives.  Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/

Funeral of Derek Coakley-Hutch and ongoing feud murder trial are potential flashpoints

Victims of the Hutch-Kinahan feud (clockwise from top left): Gary Hutch, David Byrne, Eddie Hutch, Michael Barr, Martin O’Rourke and Noel Duggan

Roll of dishonour runs to double figures with no end in sight for this murderous campaign

Some of those involved in the Kinahan-Hutch feud have been removed from the streets by the Garda. Photograph: The Irish Times

Analysis: wealth of Kinahan off-shore leadership poses unique challenge for Garda

 Derek Coakley Hutch was murdered in a gun attack at the Bridgeview halting site beside Cloverhill Prison. Photograph: Derek Coakley-Hutch Facebook page

Judge suspended four-year-sentence for father of two over 2015 robbery

Garda forensic officers at the scene of the murder of Derek Coakley-Hutch (inset). Main photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gardaí believe 27-year old may have gone to area where he was killed to throw drugs over prison wall

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission wants the right to carry out no-warning searches at Garda stations. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Gsoc seeks major new powers including independence from Department of Justice

Maurice McCabe and his wife, Lorraine, at the Charleton tribunal in Dublin Castle on Wednesday. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Background: ‘Inaccuracy’ occurred when lawyers previewed evidence, Charleton told

Sgt Maurice McCabe  at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sgt Yvonne Martin accused over McCabe smear says investigation did not contact her

GRA general secretary Pat Ennis:  in a row over pay, many were unhappy with how  leadership handled the negotiations and he faced a no-confidence motion. Photograph: Conor Ó Mearáin

‘Dysfunctional’ GRA’s spending to be in focus at delegate conference after report published

News of the deep levels of concern about Garda overtime comes after it emerged that funding for some of the Garda’s armed units was at risk. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Department of Public Expenditure believes overspend reached €1m per week at end 2017

An average of just over 1,500 burglaries were recorded each month in 2017, with a total of nearly 18,500 for the full year. Photograph: Getty Images

New figures show a low level of burglaries last year despite concerns over high-profile cases

Garda figures on a range of subjects have proven problematic in recent years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Can we believe the statistics? And is burglary really just a rural problem?

The body of the man, named as Michael Burke, is removed from the scene in Dalkey, Co Dublin, on Friday afternoon. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Cause of death has yet to be established in death of man (31) named as Michael Burke

Gardaí went into a unit in a business park in Rathcoole, Co Dublin and found an arsenal of firearms and ammunition, the Special Criminal Court was told.

Men found with firearms in Dublin business park to be sentenced at end of month

The nine searches took place in Rialto, Dun Laoghaire, Francis St and other locations in the city centre.

Nine properties searched by Criminal Assets Bureau - Rolex watches, documents, drone, cash seized

Whistleblower Maurice McCabe at Dublin Castle on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Charleton tribunal shines completely new light on very contentious episode

Maurice McCabe: both Supt Noel Cunningham and Sgt Yvonne Martin,  who have issued High Court defamation proceedings, were at a meeting with Sgt McCabe in Mullingar in August 2008. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Reports followed Wallace’s allegation about recording of McCabe’s meeting with officers

Brian Doolan: the child rapist was banned from receiving phone calls or having visitors for 30 days

Brian Doolan ‘used jail telephone’ to instruct his son to taunt the nephew he abused

Brian Doolan: his website seeks to attack his nephew Stephen Kershaw, the Garda, One in Four and The Irish Times

Prominent academic Brian Doolan convicted of abusing his nephew Stephen Kershaw

Armed gardaí at a checkpoint on Portland Row, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Garda union expresses anger over scaling back of counter-terror and gangland operations

Dubliner Linda Mulhall has been released at the expiry of her 15-year manslaughter sentence for her role in the killing of  Farah Swaleh Noor (39), a native of Kenya, on March 20th, 2005. File photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Farah Swaleh Noor, a Kenyan, was killed and his body parts dumped in Royal Canal in 2005

Gardaí seal off the scene of a fatal stabbing on Avenue Road, Dundalk on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Local residents hadn’t noticed anyone coming and going from the house in recent weeks

Yosuke Sasaki died following a knife attack in Dundalk on Wednesday. Photograph: Facebook

Yosuke Sasaki (24) had been living in Dundalk and working in call centre

Gardaí are following a definite line of inquiry following an attack on a Hutch family member. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ross Hutch (25) received a head injury at Portland Place in Dublin on Wednesday

Minister for Transport Shane  Ross has said motorists travelling in excess of the speed limit may face “four, six, eight or more points, depending on how fast they are going”. Photograph: Frank Miller

Gardaí fear speeding prosecutions under Minister’s proposal will be contested robustly

Detectives are working on the theory that a dispute broke out inside a house on Dublin Road. It then spilled out on to the street, where Marek Swider was stabbed. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Polish man Marek Swider stabbed to death on New Year’s Eve in Ballyjamesduff

Clodagh Hawe’s mother Mary Coll (right) and sister Jacqueline Connelly (left) outside Cavan courthouse following the inquest into the deaths of the Hawe family. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Teacher confessed in letter before suicide to murders of wife and three sons

Clodagh Hawe’s mother Mary Coll (right) and sister Jacqueline Connelly (left) outside Cavan Court House following the inquest. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Jury waited in a line and one by one they embraced Clodagh Hawe’s mother and sister

Clodagh Hawe’s mother Mary Coll (right) and sister Jacqueline Connelly (left) outside Cavan Court House on Tuesday  following the inquest into the deaths of the Hawe family last year.  Photograph: PA

Mother and sister of Clodagh say Alan Hawe faced loss of role as ‘pillar of the community’

Clodagh Hawe and her sons, from left, Niall, Ryan and Liam. Photograph: Jacqueline Connolly

Jury finds Clodagh Hawe and her three sons were ‘unlawfully killed’

Garda sources say victims who have been subjected to more assaults, or in some cases extreme verbal threats, find it difficult to feel safe in their homes again. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Murder of woman (78) in Limerick latest case in which older people have been targeted

A statement from the Department of the Taoiseach said neither Leo Varadkar nor anyone else in the department knew about the incident at the time. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Inquiry into claim senior officer ordered caution rather than criminal investigation

 Members of the gardaí at the scene of a house fire on Parslickstown Gardens. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Baby, his mother and a youth were wounded in nearby shooting in west Dublin on Monday

A 24-year-old woman and 27-year-old man are  still being questioned on Thursday evening.

Man and woman arrested after Dublin victim recognised one of his attackers


Department of Justice’s comments to Government also point to State security risk

 Gardaí continue their investigations at the scene of a  shooting in Parlickstown Gardens, Co Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Dublin shooting described as ‘the lowest of the low’

Brian Rattigan of Cooley Road, Drimnagh, Dublin, who has won his Supreme Court appeal against his conviction for the murder of a man in Dublin more than 16 years ago. Photograph: Collins Courts

Murder appeal success means he may be on home stretch of prison sentences

Gardaí  continue their investigations at the scene of Monday’s triple shooting in Parlickstown Gardens. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

23-year-old woman arrested for questioning in Wicklow on Tuesday afternoon

Jacob Cummins, a 17-year-old originally from Dublin, died after being struck by a 4X4 last Thursday in Perth, Australia.

Jacob Cummins hit by 4x4 hours after fight between schoolboys in a park in Perth

Undercover gardaí search a rickshaw driver on Dublin’s Suffolk Street after observing a drug deal.  Photograph: Alan Betson

As gardaí get tough on the rickshaw trade, the driver-dealers are getting smarter

A quantity of cash and a number of watches were seized. Photographs: Garda Press Office

10 premises searched during operation targeting family-based crime network

Gardaí outside a house in Ballymun where an exchange of gunfire during a raid this morning resulted in a garda and another man being injured. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Exchange of gunfire happened at house in Ballymun as gardaí tried to gain access

The woman, aged in her early 30s, was attacked using “a caustic substance” shortly after 10pm on Friday, December 1st. Photograph: Frank Miller

Detectives believe another woman who had grudge against victim paid man to target her

Kane McCormack: Garda foiled an attempt on his  life three months ago. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Kinahan-Hutch feud link suspected in killing of 24-year-old whose body found in Co Meath

Gardaí preserve the scene at Waterstown, Co Meath, where Kane McCormack’s body was found. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Killing of Kane McCormack after lull is part of Kinahan ‘wipeout’ of Hutch side

Garda forensic officers pictured at the scene where a man’s body was found in a field at Walterstown, Dunboyne, Co Meath. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Kane McCormack left vehicle in Aldi car park and got into other car shortly before he was shot

Gardaí operating a speed camera as part of a penalty points for speeding operation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gardaí prolific at cancelling points will face no disciplinary action following Gsoc report

 A Garda checkpoint on Kildare Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Impossible to determine how many of 76,000 cancellations were dishonest

Garda whistleblower Keith Harrison with his partner Marissa Simms at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle, which is chaired by Judge Peter Charleton. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photo Garda  Keith Harrison with his partner Marissa Simms: tribunal has dismissed their whistleblowing claims. Photograph: Stephen Collins

With partner Marissa Simms, Harrison claimed vendetta by Garda and Tusla

The Garda said insurance policies were being purchased from legitimate companies using false information and then changed before being sold on to customers

Gardaí freeze six bank accounts, arrest man in operation against ‘ghost’ broker scam

“A simple thing like keeping a crime scene secure overnight or for a period of hours mops up at least one garda.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Force hopes for no serious trouble as Christmas season begins in earnest

The Garda Armed Response Unit during an exercise in  Cork recently. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

€130 million bill: 2017 budget for Garda overtime may already have been spent

Operation Hybrid, which tackles the Kinahan-Hutch feud, and Operation C-Port, for security at Dublin Port, are deemed security priorities, and have   been exempted from the current temporary overtime ban. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ban to stay in place until midnight on Sunday, after which 2018 budget will cover costs

The unit focusing on Hutch-Kinahan feud is one of only two exceptions to the overtime ban. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Senior officers told to decommission burglary response units to free up manpower

Seeking cold case review: Terry and Noeleen Delaney, with their grand-daughter Megan Delaney (16), whose father Robert Delaney has been in a permanent vegetative state for nearly 10 years. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Robert Delaney shot in head by IRA-linked gunmen after intervening in row at pub

Terry and Noeleen Delaney, with their granddaughter Megan Delaney (16), whose father Robert Delaney has been in a permanent vegetative state for nearly 10 years. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

As a child, Megan Delaney witnessed her father’s shooting. Nine years later, he remains in a permanent vegetative state, and she i(...)

Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin. File photograph: Collins

Disciplinary action will not be taken against any members, says Garda Commissioner

Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy at the PAC

‘I have other pressing demands on resources across the region,’ senior Garda says

Sgt  Maurice McCabe Garda  on the first day of the Charleton tribunal last June:  “Sgt Maurice McCabe would be buried by now if he had not taped the conversation,” Mick Wallace said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gsoc says it needs more investigators to deal with major investigations now under way

Kieran Creaven: It is alleged he made contact via a Facebook account with a girl in Leeds that he thought was 13 years old

Officers seize devices at home of Kieran Creaven who is charged with sex offences in UK

Kerrie Byrne (3) Mary Ellen Byrne (8) and their aunt Barbara Doyle (20) died in a house fire at Church Lane, Kilcock, Co Kildare on September 20th, 1987.

Mother says the Co Kildare attack, 30 years ago, took her ‘babies and life’s dream’

The RTÉ campus in Donnybrook. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Vigilante group confronts Irish man man on street in Leeds and releases video on Facebook

Gardaí preserve the scene at Shancastle Park in the Clondalkin area following a shooting on Friday night. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Dublin victims wounded in head and abdomen, while Athlone man hit in knee

Images of cash found during the Netherlands search operation have been released.

Irish suspects arrested after Kinahan raids in Amsterdam apartment

The drugs seized from the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and the Special Crime Task Force during searches in Co Meath as part of an ongoing international investigation. Photograph:  An Garda Síochána/PA Wire

After troubled time for Garda, successful operations may rebuild public confidence

Garda at the scene in Ashbourne, Co Meath after a police raid where an estimated multimillion-euro haul of cannabis and cocaine was seized. Photograph:n Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ten arrests after hauls of cocaine and cannabis valued at ‘€15m’ found in Meath and Netherlands

The targets of the operation are a family-based gang that has in the past been involved in the Limerick drugs trade with the McCarthy-Dundon gang.  Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Family has previously been involved in the drugs trade with the McCarthy-Dundons

“We are going to be faced with the night-time economy again, as we were in 2008-2009.” Above, Temple Bar. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Drunkenness and public order offences and assaults all up as Garda numbers remain low

Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy, who is in charge of policing in the Dublin Metropolitan Region, said the Garda was winning the battle against the feuding factions.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin city councillors told situation had stabilised but threat was still real

Luke O’Reilly (20):  fatally injured in west Dublin on Halloween night.

Luke O’Reilly (20) died in hospital from head injuries sustained after night out in Tallaght

The Garda operation involved members of the Garda’s Special Crime Operations Unit and was aided by the Emergency Response Unit and Armed Support Unit. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Men questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to murder man linked to rival Hutch faction

Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Acting Garda Commissioner faces calls for criminal proceedings after watchdog review

Acting commissioner: Dónall Ó Cualáin at the Policing Authority in September; it wants him to appear again, to outline his response to chief superintendents who ignored breathalyser requests. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘Half of chief superintendents’ did not reply to Garda HQ breathalyser request

The Policing Authority, led by Josephine Feehily (above), said the falsification of figures was about “feeding the beast”, not about detecting or preventing drink-drivers and educating the road-using public. File photograph: Eric Luke

‘No one at senior management level seemed to say this appears to be too good to be true’

Margaret McGonagle (left), her daughter, Mairead Mundy and Racheal Casidy Battles

Mother, daughter and friend died on way home from holidays in Turkey

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan will take up a new role with the International Association of Chiefs of Police later this year. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Garda commissioner will begin role at group promoting best practice later this year

Tom Humphries: the former journalist was jailed for two-and-a-half years for grooming and sexually abusing a teenage girl. Photograph: Collins Courts

Courts should appreciate value of childhood, says rape campaigner Blackwell

Tom Humphries: already regarded as a compliant prisoner who poses no security risk. Photograph: Collins Courts Tom Humphries: already regarded as a compliant prisoner who poses no security risk. Photograph: Collins Courts

Former ‘Irish Times’ journalist put in cell near Graham Dwyer on G wing

Dublin Fire Brigade treated the woman, along with a 35-year-old man at an apartment in Dorset Square. Photograph: Elaine Edwards

Man taken to hospital with serious injuries following death of Anne Colomines

Garda at Citywest shopping centre in Dublin, where a man was arrested on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Suspect was heavily under influence and became convinced his partner was unfaithful

A Google Street View image of the outside of Finglas Garda station. Image via Google

Gardaí believe pipe bomb was placed at house of man involved in a criminal feud

A woman is critically ill in Beaumont Hospital following a Dublin incident. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Pedestrian taken to Beaumont Hospital following Gardiner Street incident

Armed gardaí arrest a man at Citywest Shopping Centre in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Dublin man spent time in prison for robbery, carjacking and petrol bombing

Armed gardaí arrest a man at Citywest Shopping Centre after a chase throught Tallaght. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Gardaí believe Dublin man went on drug-fuelled rampage, hijacking six vehicles

Members of the Defence Forces on O’Connell Street as part of the Commemorations to mark the 90th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson

Survey of personnel reveals plummeting morale and increased stress across ranks

Travel tip: Always pay on your cards in the local currency. Photograph: Getty

Do a happy hour recce, follow builders at lunchtime, and other holiday nuggets

Garda recruits during a  passing out parade at the Garda College in Templemore last April. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors wants to be granted right to strike

The stretch of road where the crash occurred has been closed. File photograph: Alan Betson

Garda undergoes surgery at Cork University Hospital after incident on Thursday morning

A firearm was found in the car as well as a Halloween mask and a canister of petrol

Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn said it is  possible persons who opted not to pay a fine did end up in prison “and we are working with the court services and the individual solicitors to identify those cases”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

119 legal firms contacted Garda about clients caught up in fixed charge notice errors

Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin said there was no evidence to suggest  anyone at management level was asking their people to falsify records. Image: Oireachtas screengrab.

TD says either inept managers or collusion to blame for problems with roadside tests

Young recruits: “The cost of living drains the low wages they receive”

Meeting of representative body told of staff unable to afford transport in and out of work

Members of the Defence Forces taking part in a 2013 State engagement. Photograph: Alan Betson

Staff representative body says personnel have been paying to leave in large numbers

Defence Forces: Irish soldiers train for a peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. In the past five years 2,840 personnel have left the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service, leaving its combined strength below 9,000

PD-Forra says short-term contracts driving sailors, airmen and soldiers to quit

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams. File photograph: Eric Luke

Sinn Féin president lodges complaint to Gsoc over alleged leak

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: when O’Sullivan got the job, it took six months for her to be appointed. Photograph: Alan Betson

The recruitment process has changed since Nóirín O’Sullivan was appointed in 2014

Nóirín O’Sullivan, former Garda commissioner. Photograph: Alan Betson

Reform is needed in the force but a new commissioner might not be in place before 2020

An image of the  €400,000 in cash seized in Ballymun.

Two being held for questioning and can be held without charge for up to 72 hours

Garda College in Templemore Co Tipperary. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

C&AG report notes internal Garda review prompted voluntary payment

The Central Statistics Office has suspended publication of any more crime data. A Garda report on homicide figures will be analysed to determine by how much the Republic’s homicide rate has been understated for the last decade and a half.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Credibility-damaged Garda crime statistics arise from disputed use of ‘detected’

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