Oberstown Children’s Detention Centre: It costs €6,557 to detain a child for a week  in the State’s only child detention facility. Photograph: Iain White / Fennell Photography

Rising insurance premiums leads to 20% jump in cost of residential care

Garda car parked at the Dublin Mosque on  South Circular Road. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Additional Garda patrols outside mosques to reassure members of the community

Josephine Feehily, chairwoman of the Policing Authority, said there are some areas of the country where 100 per cent of gardaí have signed up to the code of conduct and some where the figure is far less. File photograph: Alan Betson

About 70 per cent have signed including all senior officers

Lisa Smith (extreme right) may have overheard information on the Govermnet jet, but nothing of interest to Isis, military sources say. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins, Dublin

Former Air Corps member from Dundalk moved to Syria to allegedly join Isis

Gardaí in Ballymun have arrested a man in his 30s following a shooting incident in the area this afternoon.

Suspect is thought to be well-known criminal involved in Ballymun-Finglas gang feud

Then taoiseach Bertie Ahern before boarding the Government Jet at Casement Aerodrome in April 2008 with Lisa Smith on the extreme right. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins, Dublin

Lisa Smith believed to be in Syrian refugee camp with wives of Islamic State fighters

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said Ireland has strong counter-terrorism laws which ‘provide for prosecution here of terrorist offences committed outside the State’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Lisa Smith and her two-year-old child are understood to be in a camp in Syria

Lisa Smith on the extreme right of picture as then taoiseach Bertie Ahern thanks members of the Aer Corps before boarding the Government jet in 2008. Photograph: Collins Dublin

Issues raised around State’s responsibility to Smith and child

  Then taoiseach Bertie Ahern   before boarding the Government Jet  at Casement Aerodrome in April 2008 with Lisa Smith on the extreme right. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Lisa Smith (38) moved to Syria and married Isis fighter

Gardaí discounted some of the calls as they related to local grievances or rumours. File photo

Hotline for public to give anonymous tip-offs set up by Garda Anti-Corruption Unit

Respondents said some childcare facilities were not equipped to deal with children with complex needs and traumatic backgrounds. File photograph: Getty Images

No national data on how many children in care come in contact with gardaí, report says

Ireland categorises all types of child sex abuse material, simulated or real, as child pornography. This extends to to text conversations depicting child abuse. Photograph: Getty Images

Sophisticated tech used to simulate child sex and ‘age down’ adult pornography

The Department of Justice said it was consulting with “stakeholders” such as the Department of Children, the Garda and the HSE to ensure it met all the provisions of the agreement

Department of Justice says Ireland has not ratified the Lanzarote Convention because of consultations with government agencies

Victim Support at Court (V-Sac) said there has been a one third increase in its workload in the last two years.

Being recognised and not being believed is cited as one of the main worries for victims

The father of the late David Byrne, James, is seen behind a line of gardaí at the Special Criminal Court after the State dropped the charges against the man accused of killing his son. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Locals worry Hutch-Kinahan feud will continue at a low level amid Garda wind-down

Patrick Hutch leaves the Special Criminal Court after all charges were dropped against him regarding the Regency Hotel murder. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Garda Commissioner to also face questions in relation to trial over David Byrne’s murder

Det Supt Colm Fox was found dead in Ballymun Garda station in February 2018 near a loaded Garda firearm. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Det Supt Colm Fox was found dead in Ballymun Garda station in February 2018

Sadie Byrne, mother of David Byrne who was murdered at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in 2016 reacts outside the Special Criminal Court in Dublin after charges where dropped against Patrick Hutch. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Patrick Hutch Jnr, acquitted on all charges, speeds from court on motorbike

Dariusz Alchimionek leaving Tullamore Circuit Court after his sentencing. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Dariusz Alchimionek was convicted based on ‘perverse’ jury verdict, against judge’s advice

The scammers aim is to convince the person to hand over their bank account details and passwords Photograph: iStock

Callers impersonating companies often sound highly professional, gardaí warn

A male pedestrian in a yellow hi-vis jacket waved to the woman driving and appeared to require assistance. File photograph: iStock

Incident occurred near Kill, Co Kildare early this morning

Currently, without the devices, gardaí have to phone the station and have someone there look up the information on the Pulse system. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Machines will tell if vehicles are stolen, driver is unqualified, uninsured or unlicensed

Members of the  Fingal Battalion Against Austerity protest outside the home of Minister for the  Environment Richard Bruton  on Griffith Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Members of Fingal Battalion say they are protesting over proposed carbon tax changes

Members of the Fingal Battalion Direct Action Group.outside Minister for Health Simon Harris’s house last weekend. Photograph: Facebook

‘We’re protesting to let [Simon Harris] feel what it’s like, to be affected in his own home’

Chief Justice Frank Clarke:  wrote a ‘strongly worded letter’ to Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Chief Justice ‘irritated’ he only learned of Minister for Justice’s proposals in newspaper

Chief Justice Frank Clarke has been asked to propose a committee to examine soft-tissue injuries so new figures can be included in Personal Injury Assessment Board guidelines. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Interim committee would focus on whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries

Barrister Rachel Baldwin said a woman at the Dolphin House Family Law Court in Dublin tried to push her down the stairs after a hearing. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Family law cited as most dangerous practice area by 44% of respondents

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe speaking tomedia at Government Building. Photograph: Tom Honan

‘Something went wrong’ with children’s hospital tender process, Donohoe says

Bedroom doors are locked but not in all cases. Photograph: iStock

None of the 14 children in these ‘very robust’ units has been convicted of a crime

Since new legislation came into force, the Child and Family Agency  has applied for orders to detain 24 children. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Assaults on staff and resignations result in Special Care Units running under capacity

Carl Carr (38) went missing on September 16th, 2018 after attending a dance event in the Spanish  resort town of Torrevieja. Photograph:  Collins

Dublin man (38) was beaten to death in resort town on Costa Brava last year

Margaret Martin, director of Women’s Aid. “As leading experts on domestic violence and homicide in Ireland we have not been aware and have not been consulted in this latest development.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Women’s Aid disappointed at limits of proposed reviews

Criminals’ primary targets are not the addicts who owe them money but their mothers

Burnt out vans and cars in the yard of the house  in Strokestown. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Suspect arrested following search of Longford home

Inga Maria Hauser’s body was found two weeks after going missing  in an isolated part of the Ballypatrick Forest in Antrim in 1988. Photograph: PSNI/PA

Inga Maria Hauser was 18-years-old when she went missing shortly after arriving in Larne in 1988

The bales of cocaine found in the cargo hold of the ship. Photograph: Cape Verde Judicial Police

‘It’s a huge loss financially and operationally to people involved in the flow of cocaine’ – Michael O’Sullivan of Maoc

Solpadeine is one of the codeine-containing products affected by the restrictions. Photograph: iStock

Drop could be used to support even stricter curbs on such products, study authors argue

Damien Tiernan said the number of news stories from the south-east used by RTÉ has fallen sharply in recent years.

Damien Tiernan: ‘If you look at the figures I was effectively working one day a week’

Some of the 260 bales of cocaine found in the cargo hold of the ship Photograph: Cape Verde Judicial Police

Nearly ten tonnes of drug found when ship was forced to dock at island off African coast

The webstresser.org site is thought to have been responsible for more than four million cyber-attacks, including many on Irish-based websites.

The information could lead to the arrest of those involved in attacks on State websites

Figures released on Wednesday show there was a 2 per cent drop in the numbers of homeless people in December. File image: Dara Mac Donaill

Charity says at least 86 people could not get a bed on Tuesday - a figure repeated in the Dáil

The scene of the fatal crash in Gortahork, Co Donegal. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

‘These sorts of tragedies have gone on for too long,’ says Minister after death of four men

The garda is being investigated on suspicion of the offence of corruption in public office which carries a prison term of up to 10 years on conviction.

Limerick-based garda suspected of supplying information to Rathkeale Rovers gang

John Downey arrives for an extradition hearing in Dublin. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Court reserves judgement on extradition of alleged IRA bomber on NI murder charges

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has already moved to revoke the citizenship of Ali Charaf Damache who was convicted last year in the US for supporting Islamic terrorism.  Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Photo Agency

Committee established in 2018 to remove citizenship from those who obtained it fraudulently

Under the Property Marking scheme, local councils buy a “telesis device” which uses laser technology to mark items, from tractors to mobile phones, with the owner’s Eircode

Theft Stop to be replaced by sophisticated property marking scheme

In 2014 the man’s  most recent application was refused by then minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald on the basis of “national security”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Government says it cannot disclose evidence for ‘national security’ reasons

Assistant Garda Commissioner Pat Leahy, who is responsible for the Dublin region. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Assistant Garda Commissioner predicts the gangland dispute will be ‘intergenerational’

Cllr Críona Ní Dhálaigh  of Sinn Féin said  ‘the nuisance tenants should be encouraged to leave, not the good tenants’.

Concern at lack of sanctions for anti-social tenants

Members of the Special Detective Unit, the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and Security and Intelligences unit carried out the raids. Photograph: Collins

Specialist units carry out six morning raids on properties in Dublin

Bryan Mason of Moatlands, Ratoath was fined €200 at Dublin District Court on Monday for paying, giving, offering or promising to pay a prostitute for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with a prostitute

65-year-old fined €200 under 2017 law after being caught in a raid on west Dublin brothel

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon denies breaching the ministerial code. File photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP

James Hamilton now works as independent advisor to Scottish Government

The Women’s March in Los Angeles on  January 19th, 2019: the view is taking hold among defence lawyers that #MeToo is something which should be raised with a jury.  Photograph: Jessica Pons/New York Times

Social media campaigns and attitudes to drink and attire are ‘elephant in the room’

Ali Charaf Damache is serving a 15-year sentence in a maximum security facility in the United States. Photograph: Collins Courts

Ali Charaf Damache would be the first person to have citizenship revoked

Zach Parker was killed as he left Gym Plus in the Applewood Close area of Swords at about 7.30pm on Thursday.

Zach Parker (23) had cocaine-related conviction and is believed to have had significant debt

A prominent sports man has been questioned and released after being arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault in Dublin last month.

Suspect released and file to be sent to DPP in connection with December 9th incident

Assistant Commissioner of the Dublin Metropolitan Region Pat Leahy  and Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Youth crime is a major problem in Ireland, with roughly one in every 10 offences  committed by children. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Half of youth crime carried out by 3 per cent of offenders, according to new research

Google complied with 35.4% of State requests  in the past eight years. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Tech giant has received removal requests from elected representatives and judiciary

Ben Gilroy, of Navan, Co Meath, arriving at the Four Courts  before he was jailed. Photograph: Collins Courts

Ben Gilroy has been involved in at least 16 legal actions, mainly by or against banks

An evaluation of the Tabor Group in Cork found the treatment, known by some users as “the hot seat”, was counterproductive and led to increased relapse and drop-out rates. Photograph: E+/Getty

Addicts say they are verbally abused and left in hysterics by ‘horrible’ counselling sessions

Part of the €37.5m cannabis haul  seized at Dublin Port in 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cannabis herb and resin available in Ireland over twice as strong as a decade ago

The strength of cannabis resin coming from Morocco has been increasing at a particularly fast rate in recent years. Photograph: iStock

Modern variants ‘like taking an acid trip’, with spike in addiction and psychosis

Keegan Davidson (25) and Saoirse Daly (22) are alleged to have used bureaux de change and post offices to convert thousands of euro into sterling and dollars in an effort to hide the source of the cash. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Davidson and Daly alleged to have tried to conceal €33,000 in criminal proceeds

Gardaí in Lucan have appealed for witnesses to the attack. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Victim being treated for serious head injuries after incident on Wednesday afternoon

Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev: He is being held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Force who say he was fighting for Islamic State

Belarus native, naturalised as an Irish citizen in 2010, held by Kurdish forces in Syria

In 2013, Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev left Ireland for the Middle East, where it is understood he joined a group linked to Islamic State.

At least five others were recruited by same figure to fight in Middle East, gardaí believe

File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Garda appeal for witnesses to crash at Woodford, 2km outside Listowel

Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev (45), who is originally from Belarus, came to Ireland in the early 2000s and obtained Irish citizenship and an Irish passport. Photograph: Syrian Democratic Forces

Kurdish-led forces announce they have detained 45-year-old man with Irish passport

Anand Goel

Indian embassy working to repatriate remains of 26-year-old following fatal fall

Jasmine McMonagle  was found dead in her home at Forest Park in Killygordon by an armed response unit two and a half hours after calling gardaí

Authorities trying to establish if she was killed before or during armed stand-off

Danny McGee from Longford found with head injuries outside Gaslight Bar in Queens

 Jasmine McMonagle who was killed in her home in Donegal on Friday had two young children.  Photograph: Northwest newspix

Jasmine McMonagle found dead at her home in Killygordon, east Donegal

The Minister for Climate Action has banned Government departments from purchasing single-use plastic cups, cutlery and straws.

Departments told to implement green plans for cutting waste in official effort to ‘lead way’

Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan: “The reality is that money laundering is a crime that helps serious criminals and terrorists to function, destroying lives in the process.” Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Photo Agency

Bill will enact EU directive and tackle use of cryptocurrencies in terrorism

Members of the Dublin Jewish congregation attend an event at the Terenure Synagogue in 2008.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Gardaí treating vandalism as criminal damage offence

Garda Forensic experts at the scene in the aftermath of the shooting at Mizzoni’s Pizza in Edenmore in Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Gardaí say files on two suspects will be prepared for DPP

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has already begun implementing some recommended reforms. Photograh: Tom Honan

Private recruiters to be used to source civilian staff

Gardaí at the scene of a shooting at Mizzoni’s takeaway in Edenmore, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Teenager released without charge on Wednesday; man (44) remains in custody

Gardaí at the scene of a shooting at Mizzoni’s takeaway in Edenmore, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Men arrested over Raheny shootings suspected in string of similar robberies

Man presented at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown with gunshot wounds on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/THE IRISH TIMES

Man discharged himself shortly after arriving at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown

Gardaí urged motorists to drive safely and “always ensure children are adequately secured and safe”. File photograph: Getty Images

Driver arrested on multiple road traffic charges after endangering ‘entire family’

The bureau, which works closely with gardaí but is an independent agency, was set up in response to the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996.

Agency that pursues proceeds of crime now has almost 1,000 targets in its sights

Gardaí have visited the hotel where the alleged attack took place to gather evidence.

Alleged victim yet to make formal complaint to gardaí

Rebecca Ellis, with a photograph of her brother Alan. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ Irish Times

Family of Alan Ellis convinced he is not getting the treatment his condition merits

Gardaí arrested 11 people for drink-driving on Christmas Day, and have arrested another 15 since midnight for the same offence. File photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Numbers arrested this Christmas are down on previous years despite tougher laws

Oberstown Children’s Detention Centre. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

Homelessness, addiction and violence mean many decline temporary release

Oberstown Children’s Detention Centre. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

Under-18s facility is probably one of the best-resourced schools in the country

Gardaí and technical staff examining a vehicle at the scene where Eric Fowler was shot dead at Blakestown Cottages in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Eric Fowler (34) shot as he arrived home at Blakestown Cottages on Saturday night

‘From scene preservation, to witness statements, to final report, there was an unthinkable emphasis on the robbery to the almost exclusion of the shooting,’ Mary Rose Gearty SC said, of the Garda inquiry into the Ronan MacLochlainn case.

Suspect was kicked in the face by unidentified officer after 1998 robbery, inquiry says

There were  significant regional variations in the number of gardaí on sick leave in 2017, according to a report from the Garda Inspectorate.

Over half on sick leave were out for a month or more with one garda on leave for 10 years

Burnt out vans and cars at  the house which was the scene of the  eviction in Strokestown. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Two men arrested in connection with attack on security workers in Strokestown have been released

A burnt out vehicle outside the house in Falsk, near Strokestown, Co Roscommon, on Monday. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Pair were suspected of being part of group who attacked security workers

Soldiers and a bomb disposal unit vehicle outside the family court building at Phoenix House in the  Smithfield area of Dublin. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Susan Ryan defied order of man who claimed to have brought explosive device into court

Armed gardaí near the family courts in Smithfield, Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Collins

Major review of security arrangements under way after controlled explosion

Gardaí at a cordon  in front of the family court building at Phoenix House in Smithfield, which was evacuated after a suspect device was found. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Man who told court he had a bomb and gun was aggrieved with his ex-wife and her solicitor over access to his children

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said an  increase in the number of people in emergency accommodation was ‘anticipated’ as rough sleepers were moved into emergency beds. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd/The Irish Times.

Minister says increase of 244 in number of people without a home expected due to rough sleeper move

Gardaí assisting a woman from the  courthouse in Smithfield on Thursday. Photograph: Collins

Courts Service express serious concern at hoax bomb incident

Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal’s fixed budget has led to large build-up of cases

Garda reform: Drew Harris’s decision to halt the Reserve’s expansion raises questions about how the force will meet its target of expanding to 21,000 members by 2021. Photograph: Don Moloney/Press 22

Drew Harris’s launch of review to initiate large-scale Garda reform laid out by commission

St James’s Wood fire risk: the owners of the 119 apartments have been told it could cost up to €26,000 each to remedy the issues. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

St James’s Wood complex built by respected Cosgrave Property Group in 2000

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