Since 2016, there has been a 56 per cent jump in the number of people imprisoned while awaiting trial or sentencing for “public order offences and other social code offences”. Photograph: David Sleator

Homelessness and judges’ ‘misguided paternalism’ blamed for increase

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said the legislation should become law by the end of the year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Offenders face up to seven years in prison under legislation originally drafted by Labour

The Irish Prison Service says it accepts the need for urgent improvements in mental health care for inmates following the publication of a highly critical report from a European inspection body.  File image: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

European group’s report highlighted serious failings in how some prionsers are treated

The prisoner had not been let out of the cell at Cloverhill Prison once and the door was opened only for the sole purpose of passing in food. File photograph: The Irish Times

Mentally ill inmate found in lamentable state by European Committee for Prevention of Torture

The number of people arrested for the sale or supply of drugs so far this year stands at about 5,100.

Garda Commissioner urges victims of drug debt intimidation to come forward

A pilot project found one shop in the Dublin 8 area was subjected to six armed robberies in one year.

Reporting tool grants people ‘safety in numbers’ rather than relying solely on individuals to report crimes

A large number of people came into Cork city centre to socialise on Saturday night, with few seen maintaining a social distance, gardaí said, but there were few instances of drunkenness or public order issues. Image: Facebook/Ali Hamou.

Gardaí say central Dublin busy but crowds coming together to drink alcohol down

Victims’ Alliance  said it had uncovered thousands of sexual images of Irish people being shared on internet forums this week. Photograph: Getty Images

Potential harassment and child pornography offences to be examined

  Agsi  said its General Secretary Antoinette Cunningham had made inquiries with Garda Headquarters about a successor to the Public Service Stability Agreement    but was told “there is no meeting for staff associations imminent.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Current public pay agreement to expire at end of 2020

The search operation was conducted as part of the Criminal Assets Bureau’s investigation into events  including  the harassment of senior officials of   Quinn Industrial Holdings which has offices in Derrylin Co Fermanagh. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The Bureau is targeting assets of a border region organised crime group

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said she intends to bring legislation to Cabinet to  make it illegal to share “intimate images” without   consent.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Announcement follows alleged leaking of thousands of images on Irish women online

Drink- and drug-driving arrests have increased significantly this year, despite the coronavirus lockdowns. Photograph:   Frank Miller

Error in Road Traffic Act spotted four years after the legislation was introduced

Graham Dwyer was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 36-year-old childcare worker Elaine O’Hara in August 2012. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Convicted killer had challenged use of phone data showing how he planned murder

Crime scene and pathology evidence has not yet revealed the detail of Seema Banu’s and her two children’s deaths. File photograph: The Irish Times

Investigating officers still trying to piece together circumstances of the three fatalities

 Garda checkpoint due to Covid-19 restrictions. File photograph: Bryan O Brien

Concerns move may reduce current high level of compliance and appear ‘inconsistent’

 Séamus Woulfe: found himself at the centre of controversy following his attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society Clifden dinner in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former attorney general involved in some of the most important cases of 1990s

The gang used young people of various nationalities as money mules, paying them small amounts of money to put stolen cash through their accounts before transferring it on again.

Gardaí believe gang laundered €14.6m in stolen money through Irish accounts between 2015 and 2017

The garda was present at an event in Newbridge, Co Kildare to announce the opening of a murder investigation of the case of Kilkenny woman JoJo Dullard who went missing 25 years ago. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Garda attended media briefing while awaiting test which later came back positive

Comdt Luke Foley joined the Defence Forces in 2002

Comdt Luke Foley takes over from Comdt Shane Keogh as head of Raco

A Garda spokesman confirmed that the eight members were suspended earlier on Saturday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Move comes after lengthy inquiry by team of officers at Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation

There have now been Covid-19 cases in prisoners in four facilities around the country. File photograph: Collins Dublin

Irish Prison Service says it is working closely with HSE and contact tracing is ongoing

Gardaí at the scene on Auburn Street in Phibsborough, Dublin 7, this evening. Photograph:  Collins

Gardaí believe victim may have quarrelled with someone known to him prior to death

Currently the Irish Air Corps provides top cover in many SAR missions, using its CASA maritime patrol aircraft. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Air Corps to be excluded from future search and rescue work as service goes out to tender

Berlin’s Central Station: The German authorities went to purchase 10 million face masks online from a legitimate company in Spain, but scammers had cloned the company’s website. Photograph: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/ Bloomberg

Detectives believe businessman thought he was taking part in legitimate deal

Four men aged between 20 and 50 and one teenager have been arrested

Gardaí uncover ‘sophisticated cannabis cultivation operation’

Prison management is confident it has contained the outbreak  at the Midlands Prison. Photograph: Collins Dublin

Five prisoners and 11 staff have confirmed cases of coronavirus so far

The fight is believed to be related to an inter-gang dispute over drug dealing in the area. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Incident occurred during a brawl between two groups at about 2pm

Under the new system, those who refuse to wear a mask or who engage in non-essential travel will face initial fines of between €60 and €100. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fines will range from about €60 to €2,500 for breaches

 Children set off fireworks at a Halloween bonfire in Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gardaí have seized €35,490 worth of fireworks so far this year, an increase on 2019

A number of members of staff and inmates at Midlands Prison are self-isolating after being exposed to a positive case .Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Inmates and staff tested in first recorded spread of virus in prison of pandemic

The Bar Council recognised that devils’ attendance at court had been ‘significantly impacted’ by the pandemic. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

One apprentice complains of being ‘roared at’ to leave due to Covid-19 restrictions

Indian Ambassador to Ireland, Sandeep Kumar places flowers at the house at Llewellyn Court, Ballinteer where a young mother and her two children were found dead on Wednesday. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Staff at local school attended by the children receiving psychological support

 LÉ Eithne: one of two vessels currently tied up due to manpower shortages. Photograph: Defence Forces Press Office

Covid-19 illness and retention crisis curbing crew members and operation of navy vessels

Andrew Wan, a pro-democracy lawmaker, is arrested by riot police during a protest in Hong Kong in July. File photograph: Roy Liu/Bloomberg

Wide-ranging law raises concerns about judicial independence, says Coveney

Illegal to sell PPE as an excuse to keep businesses open says Varadkar. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Confusion over shops selling facemasks alongside non-essential items

  Up to 60 gardaí raided the Chosen Few Motorcycle Club on Windmill Road, Crumlin, on Tuesday. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Officers hauled away 10 motorcycles, three cars, €4,000 in cash and made two arrests

Government published a Bill which would allow gardaí to issue escalating fines to those found breaching Covid-19 regulations.

Cavan has by far the highest coronavirus incidence rate at 1,013, followed by Meath at 652

Professor Philip Nolan of Nphet. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Government fears Nphet will seek new lockdown after Christmas break

Under new measures, those found engaging in non-essential travel more than 5km from home or refusing to wear a face mask in designated areas will likely face fines of up to €500. Gardaí will also have the power to issue €1,000 fines to organisers of house parties. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Power as detterent is overstated and justice system has poor record in recovering fines

One of the motorbikes seized by gardaí during a raid a ‘heavily fortified’ building in Dublin  used by a  motorcycle gang. Photograph: via Criminal Assets Bureau

Crumlin-based gang has close links to Kinahan and Byrne organised crime groups

It is understood there will now be penal provisions attached to travelling outside a 5km radius except in certain circumstances. Photograph: Collins

On-the-spot fines for breaching Government's Covid-19 restrictions will be up to €500 according to legislation going to the Oireac(...)

Garda headquarters has launched an inquiry into the matter.

Garda was awaiting result of test when they attended press conference in Co Kildare

 Detective Superintendent Des McTiernan and Kathleen Bergin, (sister of JoJo Dullard) at media briefing. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The 21-year-old was last seen at a public phone box in Co Kildare in November 1995

The woman was employed by an outside agency and assigned to work at the Midlands Prison when a prisoner attacked her in November 2018.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

FF TD raised details of the incident at a PAC meeting, without the nurse’s knowledge

A criminal trial is to take place at Croke Park stadium next year to comply with Covid-19 social distancing regulations.  File photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho.

Conference facility at stadium to be used for trial of eight men to allow for social distancing

  Journalist turned far-right activist Gemma O’Doherty at protests outside Croke Park during the Eid prayer gathering in July.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

To date no one has been charged with organising a public event during the crisis

Patricia Heffernan outside the Criminal Courts of Justice. ‘There was absolutely no issues around communication.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton

‘The deaf community need to know we’re well able to do whatever everybody else is doing’

Prof Marie Cassidy stands beside her portrait by artist Jack Hickey at the National Gallery in 2018. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Book review: An insight into the vital craft of the State Pathologist – just don’t read it over lunch

Members of the Garda armed support unit  during  training exercise. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Specialist armed support units needed in every division says Garda representative body

An  Army bomb disposal team made safe a pipe-bomb in Drogheda.

Device discovered attached to gas meter outside house in Moneymore

M26 Advanced Taser stun gun. Photograph: Handout/Taser

Data shows increasing trend of using ‘less-than-lethal’ weapons against suspects

Garda training: Many armed gardaí go their entire careers without firing or even drawing their weapons. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Three incidents left suspects injured after gardaí intentionally fired their weapons

Cases of Covid-19 have been linked to 28 meat or poultry plants in the State. File photograph: Getty Images

Almost 1,500 cases of Covid-19 linked to meat plants in year to August, says NPHET

Gardaí have issued an public appeal for anyone with information to come forward, particularly anyone who was in the Lowpark area or the town square between 2pm and 8pm on Saturday. File  photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Girl (15) treated in hospital after incident which took place in Charlestown playground

Armed gardaí   in the north inner city of Dublin. A process is currently under way to withdraw firearms from gardaí who do not require them, mainly detectives not assigned to frontline duty. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

More than quarter were carrying firearms when process began last year

Figures revealed in The Irish Times show that by 2019, 27 per cent of gardaí held firearms authorisation. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Original story of how Garda was established as unarmed force is a matter of contention

The girl has received medical treatment and is to make a statement to gardaí. File photograph: The Irish Times

Incident occurred on Saturday in Charlestown

Former chief State pathologist Prof Marie Cassidy, who retired two years ago. File photograph: Collins Courts

Position has remained unfilled for two years due to ‘worldwide shortage’ in specialists

Spit hoods, or anti-spit guards as they are called by the Garda, are wire and fabric devices which are forcibly placed over the heads of suspects to stop them purposely spitting or coughing on gardaí. File photograph: PA

Wire and fabric devices are put over heads of people to stop them purposely spitting

The outbound N7 dual carriageway at Kingswood, Co Dublin on Monday after a fatal collision between two cars at about 12.20am . Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Gsoc investigates as Passat travelling eratically was spotted by gardaí prior to collision

Analysts have said conditions are ‘good’ in Ireland for the far-right to grow in popularity. Illustration: Paul Scott

The movement is exploiting the Covid-19 crisis to extend its influence – online and on the street

The scene earlier this week  ahead of a planned protest. A detective sergeant has been appointed to investigate the assault on a veteran LGBT+ campaigner, who was attacked during an anti-mask protest outside the Dáil last Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Some activists are believed to be members of the street protest group Generation Identity

Gardaí on the scene at a laneway off Madison Road in Kilmainham, Dublin 8, where the man was found dead. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy/The Irish Times

Victim found dead in the early hours of Monday morning in a Kilmainham lane

Romance fraud involves victims being lured into fake romantic relationships online before being financially exploited. Photograph: iStock

Sources believe ‘many victims’ of large-scale so-called catfishing scam will be discovered

Gardaí at the  scene at  a laneway off Madison Road in Kilmainham, Dublin 8 where a man was found dead. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Boy (16) being questioned about incident in laneway in Kilmainham area of Dublin

Protesters on D’Olier Street in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Demonstration outside Leinster House on Saturday attended by far-right activists

A general view of Seville Place, Dublin 1. Photograph: Google Street View

Jason Kearney (49) died on Saturday morning 10 days after assault at Seville Place

Given the ban on bar counter seating, some small pubs may not be able to guarantee even one metre physical distancing between customers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some pubs could be closed on regional basis if Covid-19 cases spike

Lengthy waiting times for trials have long been a problem for the Irish criminal justice system. The average wait time for a murder or rape trial last year was 14 months, up from 11 months in 2018. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Suspects entitled to fair trial within reasonable timeframe under ECHR ruling in 2010

The woman was brought to Naas Garda station.

Arrests follow report highlighting concerns about procurement in Kildare and Wicklow

There is concern among health officials that people are becoming increasingly fatigued with the restrictions around socialising, particularly the mandatory €9 meal which must be ordered with alcohol. Photograph: iStock

Businesses must ‘make a record of the substantial meal or meals ordered’ by each customer

At the time, prison staff and the Prison Officers Association expressed concerns about how the event might impact efforts to keep the prison system free of Covid-19. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Retirement event took place in canteen of Midlands Prison in Portlaoise on March 27th

Garda representative groups have called on the Commissioner to retain the hoods for the safety of their members. file photograph: Collins

Renewed focus on spit-hood use following suffocation death of man in New York

It is understood over 60 solicitors applied to be considered for the title of Senior Counsel, of which 17 were chosen.

Legal services law abolished stipulation that only barristers could be senior counsels

The Deliveroo cyclist Thiago Cortes who died after he was struck by a car in Dublin on Monday.

Deliveroo cyclist Thiago Cortes died in a hit-and-run collision on North Wall Quays

 Detective Superintendent Michael Cryan & Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Lordan during a Garda media briefing . Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish people are falling victim to cryptocurrency scams in record numbers

Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys thanked employers and workers in every sector for their solidarity and  efforts to suppress the virus.

Sixty two per cent drop in recipients since peak in May

The cause of the fire is unknown and gardaí in Roscrea have launched an investigation. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Gardaí believe man understood to be retired teacher died of smoke inhalation in Roscrea incident

Gardaí are investigating the  death of Darragh Sheehan  who was  found unconscious  outside the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. Photograph: Eye Focus

Deceased was found unconscious outside a hotel in Killarney on Saturday night

The Law Reform Commission noted the sentencing model is not detailed in law and that it also conflicts with case law laid down by the Supreme Court.  Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Law Reform Commission report defends use of suspended sentences for white-collar crime

Revenue allows users to make reports anonymously and asks for suspects’ car registration details, telephone numbers and evidence of suspected wrongdoing. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Revenue received nearly 6,000 ‘good citizen’ reports in 2019, a figure double that of 2015

Psilocybin, the active agreement in magic mushrooms,  is an illegal drug and its use in the Irish study is heavily regulated by the Health Products Regulatory Authority.

Seven Irish people take psychedelic drug as part of global study into severe depression

Gardaí in south Dublin received several complaints from members of the public about a group of people hanging large banners over the edge of the footbridge on the N11 at Kilmacanogue. Image: Google Maps

The woman, who is aged in her early 50s, was arrested under Public Order Act

Members of the public in Dublin on Friday as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

No further deaths reported but a second case of Covid-19 is identified in prison system

 Phil Hogan, who is to step down as EU trade commissioner. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A guide to the issues and events surrounding the EU commissioner’s move to step down

 Phil Hogan said he was   disappointed news of his driving while on mobile phone was leaked. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

EU Commissioner says he was not a risk to anybody during Irish trip

The offices of the Department of Health on Lower Baggot Street in Dublin were evacuated on Tuesday. File photograph: Bryan James Brophy/The Irish Times.

Gardaí, ambulance and fire brigade units were called to scene

 A protester is detained  during an anti-lockdown and anti-facemask protest outside the Custom House over the weekend. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Barrister Una McGurk holds two quasi-judicial roles on State bodies

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris briefed the Government on the incident in which European Commissioner Phil Hogan was stopped by gardaí in Kildare for using his phone while driving. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Force did not issue fine or other punishment after European Commissioner stopped for using phone while driving

Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Internal study for first time details force’s relationship with ethnic minorities

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Sinn Féin leader says event, attended by more than 80 people, was ‘the last straw’

‘Alt-right’ protest in July in Dublin  resulted in scuffles with opposition protestors and the arrival of the Garda public order unit, which was not deployed. Photograph: Alan Betson

Garda public order unit on standby as group and far-right supporters prepare to rally

Paudge Connolly   is a frequent visitor to Spain where he is a member of a golf society based out of McCafferty’s bar in Cabo Roig.

Spain is not on Government’s green list meaning people arriving from there must quarantine for 14 days

 Minister for Agriculture Dara Calleary apologised on Thursday night for attending the function. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Oireachtas Golf Society event was attended by politicians including Phil Hogan and Jerry Buttimer

Gardaí who regularly interact with minorities as part of their work  have more positive views of them compared with gardaí on general duties. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Internal study found no frontline gardaí surveyed had favourable view of Travellers

The study found that gardaí who interacted with Travellers and other ethnic minorities in non-adversarial matters have more positive views of those communities. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Forty per cent of frontline gardaí surveyed said they frequently heard disparaging remarks about Travellers in their workplace

Aaron Brady was found guilty of the capital murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe. File photograph: Collins Courts

Witness heard Brady confess to the murder of Garda Adrian Donohoe

Aaron Brady was found guilty of the capital murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe followed a painstaking investigation by gardaí and a long, complex trial.  File photograph: Collins Courts

Witness would not make statement before consulting with party hierarchy, says lead investigator

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