Ana Kriégel was found dead in Lucan in May 2018, three days after she went missing.

Forensic expert says accused’s DNA found in semen staining on top found near girl’s body

  JP O’Brien is the owner  of Little Collins Dispensary in Galway city,  where  €10,000 worth of plant produce was confiscated last week. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Confusion among sellers and consumers about the legality of the cannabis derivative

Boy A has pleaded not guilty to the murder and sexual assault “involving serious violence” of Ana Kriégel on May 14th, 2018

Boot print on schoolgirl’s hoodie was ‘similar’ to pattern of boots worn by Boy A, trial hears

The  body of Ana Kriégel (14) was found in a front room of a farmhouse in Lucan, Co Dublin on May 17th, 2018.

Forensic expert says girl’s blood found staining seven areas in derelict house

Clodagh Hawe and her three sons were murdered by her husband Alan in their Cavan home in 2016. An internal Garda review of the deaths is ongoing.

Move sparked by killing of Clodagh Hawe and her three sons by her husband Alan in Cavan in 2016

Undated handout family photo of Ana Kriégel who was found dead in a derelict farmhouse outside the village of Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Family handout/PA Wire

Former State pathologist Marie Cassidy said Ana met a ‘horrific death’

Ana Kriégel whose body was found in a derelict house in Lucan, Dublin last year.

Judge reminds jurors to ignore media coverage of the murder trial over the weekend

Ana Kriégel was found dead in Lucan in May 2018, three days after she went missing.

Pathologist gives evidence of ‘severe and extensive injuries’ and evidence of asphyxia

Ana Kriegel was found dead in a derelict farmhouse near Lucan in May last year. Photograph: PA

Teenager discovered with ligature around her neck, sergeant tells court

Anastasia Kriégel was found dead in Lucan in May 2018, three days after she went missing.

Murder trial hears park ranger describing Boy A acting ‘like a rabbit caught in the headlights’

Members of the Garda Band:  It is understood Garda management is attempting to mediate between the two men involved in the altercation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Garda musicians in backstage altercation at BBC event

Garda forensics and a diver at work near a slurry tank Bobby Ryan’s body  was discovered at the back of farm in Fawnagown outside Tipperary town. Photograph: Press 22

Gardaí obliged to follow up clairvoyant lead in expanding hunt for vanished Bobby Ryan

Glenwood House, Laraghcon, in Lucan. A witness at the Ana Kriégel murder trial said he saw a boy “making a beeline” for the house on the evening on which she was allegedly murdered. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Witness tells trial of seeing accused boy ‘in rough shape’ on day on alleged murder

Ana Kriegel who was found dead in a derelict farmhouse near  Lucan in May last year. Photograph: PA

Mr Justice Paul McDermott varies earlier blanket restriction at evening court sitting

Ana  Kriégel whose body was discovered in a vacant farmouse in Lucan, Dublin on May 17th, 2018.

‘I have no clue what happened to her,’ Boy B said in statement the day after alleged murder

A boy accused of murdering and sexually assaulting 14-year-old Ana Kriégel in May last year told gardaí he met her in a local park to discuss her relationship.

Trial sees CCTV footage showing Boy A and Boy B in park where she was last seen

Ana Kriégel was found dead in Glenwood House in Lucan in May 2018.

Teenager’s body was found in room in a disused farmhouse in Lucan, Dublin

 Anastasia Kriegél:  found dead in a derelict farmhouse outside  Lucan, Co Dublin, on May 14th  last year. Photograph: Family handout

Father says Ana set up fake social media accounts which she used to ‘bully herself’

Ana Kriégel was found dead in Glenwood House in Lucan in May 2018.

Jurors told of blood-splattered scene where body was found and of signs of a struggle

Detectives stopped and spoke to 36 individuals, all men that they suspected of having paid for sex, as part of Operation Quest. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Garda has faced criticism over number of prosecutions initiated since Act came into force

Ana Kriegel: found dead in Glenwood House in Lucan in May 2018.

Jury selected for trial of teenagers accused of murdering schoolgirl in Lucan in 2018

A prison officer in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish Prison Service says latest figures reflect the programme’s strict selection process

While the number of seizures has jumped, the average size has shrunk, indicating that most postal deliveries are for personal use only

Increase in cannabis, cocaine, heroin seizures shows role of internet in narcotics trade

Members of Republican Sinn Féin stand on Dublin’s O’Connell Street during their Easter Rising commemoration on Easter Monday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Groups are still ‘leagues behind’ jihadis and the far-right on use of digital, research finds

Members of Republican Sinn Féin stand on Dublin’s O’Connell Street  during their Easter Rising commemoration on Monday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Members of Republican Sinn Féin, 32 County Sovereignty groups marched through Dublin

Members of Saoradh after they marched in Dublin city centre on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Ireland has remarkably few laws governing public demonstrations despite the number that occur

Gardaí and workmen at the scene of a double ATM robbery on Main Street in  Kells, Co Meath. The ATMs were ripped from the walls of the banks. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

An estimated €200,000 had been removed from machines stolen from banks in Kells

Children out cycling near their home in Ballinasloe when they were hit by a car

Scene of a double ATM robbery in Kells, Co Meath: While thieves in Ireland use diggers and SUVs, gangs elsewhere use methods such as gas canisters or solid explosives. Photograph: Colin Keegan

In 2018, 4,549 acts like Ireland’s digger-assisted robberies occurred across 20 countries

An investigation into whistleblower claims of covert surveillance in the country’s prisons has been completed. File photograph: Getty Images

Investigation was ordered following whistleblower’s claims of covert operations in prisons

Last year 236 old Garda vehicles were withdrawn and replaced with only 205 new ones. Photograph: Frank Miller

Force sees sixfold increase in spending on hire cars, including for State security unit

Gardaí search for evidence in Corduff Grove in west Dublin following a shooting incident outside a nearby school earlier this month. File photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

Two gun attacks within two hours of each other linked to northwest Dublin drugs strife

Statistics show historic sexual abuse continues to make up a large proportion of reported sex crime with a quarter of victims of sexual violence  reporting abuse which occurred at least 10 years ago. Image: iStock.

Females were victims in 69% of older cases reported, compared to 89% of recent incidents

Some €31,500 in cash was seized during the raids. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Bank account frozen and documentation taken from solicitor and accountant as gang targetted

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: weapons licences were granted to  protect “certain persons such as visiting dignitaries and others, when travelling to this State”. Photograph: James Forde

SF wants ‘clarity’ on foreign police officers and bodyguards carrying firearms in State

Allegations that the garda inspector was doing security work for Coolmore Stud in Co Tipperary first surfaced in 2016 and then again in 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Allegations of inspector doing work at Coolmore Stud surfaced in 2016 and again in 2017

Former FAI chief executive John Delaney leaving Leinster House after appearing at the Oireachtas Sports Committee. Photograph: Laura Hutton

The Kerins case is significant, but one constitutional law expert believes it does not go as far as some politicians seem to think

Former High Court president Nicholas Kearns speaking at the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB). Photograph: Conor McCabe

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns likens those who say problem does not exist to climate change deniers

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris was travelling in a PSNI vehicle which was hit by a security bollard as it entered Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park two weeks ago. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Bollard at Garda Headquarters damaged vehicle due to malfunction

A  Garda spokeswoman declined to confirm the scenes of crime role will be civilianised but said the impact of civilisation has been ‘a key consideration for Garda management’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

About 150 Garda examiners to be replaced by civilians this year

Couple’s legal case against Garda asks  that  the computer be examined immediately. Photograph: Frank Miller

Hold up in analysing parents’ computer means their children may be taken into care

Minister of State Finian McGrath and Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Mr McGrath apologised for accusing gardaí of carrying out ‘over-the-top’ drink-driving checks because they oppose new road safety laws. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Wider use of Garda checkpoints seen as a factor in higher number of drivers caught

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: his judgment has been questioned over his remaining in a PSNI vehicle after crossing the Border from the North. Photograph: Tom Honan

Revelation comes amid concern at Drew Harris’s transportation south in PSNI vehicle

In 2010, young people in Ireland were the biggest users of head shop drugs in Europe, with 7 per cent admitting to using the substances within the last year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Admissions fell nearly 20% in two years after strict laws introduced, research shows

The Courts of Criminal Justice on Parkgate St, Dublin. Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman Mr Jim O’Callaghan has introduced a private members bill to increase the maximum sentence from 10 years to life imprisonment. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Maximum sentence for plotting to murder should be more than ten years says FF

Speaking from the Al-Hawl refugee camp, Lisa Smith said she misses Ireland. Photograph: ITV News

Lisa Smith wants to come back to Ireland where people have ‘good manners’

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: security has been significantly stepped up for Mr Harris due to his previous role in the PSNI and the suspected threat from dissident paramilitary groups. Photograph: Alan Betson

PSNI vehicle carrying Harris damaged by security bollards

The abuse is alleged to have occurred at a GAA ground and at other locations between 2004 and 2009.

Suspect accused of abusing two children over five year period

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris announced new rules about Garda uniform on Wednesday. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Decision aimed at driving recruitment of ethnic minorities

Gardaí said the infant’s death is not believed to be suspicious. File photograph: Getty Images

Wexford garda are not treating death as suspicious

Dublin footballer Philly McMahon at Mountjoy Prison, where he delivered a TEDx talk to about 100 guests and inmates in the prison’s chapel on Tuesday. Photograph: Maxwell

GAA star Philly McMahon unveils radical new rehabilitation programme for offenders

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) was dealing with 36 separate complaints from garda whistleblowers at the start of this year, two thirds of which were lodged last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Garda watchdog currently working through 36 separate allegations of wrongdoing

 Gardaí conduct searchs of vehicles, drains and houses on Corduff Grove. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

Nobody injured in suspected murder attempt at Riversdale Community College

Irish rugby player Paddy Jackson after being found not quilty of a charge of rape, on March 28th, 2018. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The North is seeing reforms, but the impact of the Jackson and Olding case is limited

Garda sources say the vast majority of  knives  seized were from young people during stop-and-search operations. Photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí believe young people are carrying knives as they fear being attacked over drug debts

Operation Hybrid has so far carried out 73,000 armed checkpoints across the city in an effort to foil feud-related killings. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It is understood arrests of men aged between 24-38 are connected to ongoing Kinahan-Hutch feud

Eamonn Lillis: Despite his conviction for his wife’s manslaughter, Lillis later won the right to a 50 per cent share of their assets. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Committee told of need for law stopping killers benefiting financially

Hepatitis C is common among drug users and is often spread through the sharing of dirty needles.

Study says hospital based treatment not suitable for homeless sufferers

Gardaí are searching for a four-man gang which broke into a house in Co Laois and left a man with serious injuries.

Gang armed with sledge hammers and screwdrivers assault five people during burglary

A woman in Al-Hawl camp in northeast Syria. Photograph: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

Alleged Isis supporter is being held under armed guard in part of Al-Hawl camp

A woman in Al-Hawl camp in northeast Syria. Photograph: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

Alleged Isis supporter is being held under armed guard in part of Al-Hawl camp

Eric Eoin Marques at the Four Courts for a High Court hearing in 2013.

Gardaí handed Eric Eoin Marques (33) to the FBI after six year legal battle

Lisa Smith travelled to northern Syria four years ago, where she married an Isis fighter, who was later killed. Photograph: CNN

Direct intervention being contemplated as violence increases in Al-Hawl camp

Stephanie Ng (27), a slightly-built south Dublin woman of Malaysian descent, relayed her recollections at the Central Criminal Court on Monday. Photograph: Collins Courts.

‘I was in denial to accept a young, teenage boy premeditated to kill me’

‘I think the people here should realise all the people here are not terrorists,’ Lisa Smith told CNN. Photograph: CNN

‘I’m already in prison’, says Dundalk native suspected of association with Isis

FAI official John Delaney during Saturday’s European Championship qualifier against Gibraltar at Victoria Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Outgoing chief executive’s new salary will be about €120,000 after ‘substantial’ pay cut

The research is likely to play a significant role in the ongoing debate on the decriminalisation of cannabis and other drugs in Ireland. Photograph: David Bebber/Reuters

Research contradicts earlier study showing decriminalisation led to greater uptake

The scene of the crash on Drumcondra Road Lower. Photograph: Collins

‘Very dark cloud’ hanging over inner city community after death of woman (34) and man (70s)

Eric Eoin Marques, the Irishman alleged to be world’s largest facilitator of child pornography, could face up to 30 years in federal prison on each of the four charges against him

FBI gathered almost all evidence against Eric Eoin Marques, who wanted Irish trial

Gardaí are currently searching for a prisoner who escaped while being escorted to a Dublin hospital on Wednesday morning. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Man in his 20s got away from prison officers during trip to St James’s on Wednesday

Concerns over false information increase ahead of European Parliament elections in May

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

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