Garda Commissioner Drew Harris wrote a memo in response to recent criticism from the Garda Representative Association. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Commissioner rejects claims force not always able to deal with terror and gun attacks

Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Man fails in attempt to be released from custody on bail

Keane Mulready-Woods went missing on January 12th; his remains were found on January 13th

Fears that feud attacks may now occur in Dublin and between factions in prisons

Leo Varadkar sought to reassure voters after serious crime overshadowed the first week of the general election campaign. Photograph: Alan Betson

Homicide rate lower but other serious crime now rising after years of decline

The crime scene at Rathmullen Park in Drogheda, Co Louth, where it is believed teenager Keane Mulready-Woods was murdered. Photograph: Alan Betson

It is unclear if family will hold a funeral or wait until all his remains have been found

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan  visit Drogheda on Friday, where teenager  Keane Mulready-Woods was murdered and his body dismembered. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Violent crime now central election issue as Varadkar promises more resources

Rathmullen Park in Drogheda where it is believed Keane Mulready-Woods was murdered. Photograph: Alan Betson

Knives found in search of outhouse linked to murder of Keane Mulready-Woods

Young boys were being used by the older gang members to deal drugs on the streets as well as for storing drugs, burning out cars as a means of intimidating others and even forcing some families out of particular areas, one garda said. Photograph: David Sleator

Peer pressure, money and status trap boys in vicious circle from early age, report shows

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting at an industrial estate on Killeen Lane in the St Margaret’s area Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gardaí question two men following incident in St Margaret’s area of north Co Dublin

Keane Mulready-Woods who was last seen in Drogheda on Sunday. Photograph: Facebook

Examination of house in Drogheda continues on Thursday

An undated Garda handout photo of Keane Mulready-Woods (17) from Drogheda. Some of his remains were found in a sports bag in Coolook, Dublin on Monday. Photograph: PA

Gardaí suspect Keane Mulready-Woods (17) murdered as part of drug gang feud

Nothing untoward was found at the school in Arklow but gardaí will focus on it tomorrow

Keane Mulready-Woods (17) from Drogheda. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Victim Keane Mulready-Woods had been missing from his home since Sunday

Gardaí remove the remains on Tuesday morning at the scene of the discovery of human body parts at the junction of Moatview Gardens and Moatview Drive in Darndale, Dublin,  on Monday night. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Darndale discovery of limbs in a bag continues trend towards ever more extremism

Gardaí at the scene of a shooting on the Bridge of Peace  in Drogheda on Monday night. Photograph:  Ciara Wilkinson

John Myles injured on Monday night in botched attempt to shoot gang member

Four men have been arrested. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Four men arrested on M7 on Thursday on suspicion of possession of firearms

Premises used by the club in Crumlin were searched on Friday by a large team of detectives and members of the heavily armed Emergency Response Unit.

Search operation follows the arrest of four men on Thursday

Gardaí said they arrested a man on Wednesday in Co Kerry and that he had since been charged and released pending a future court appearance. File photograph: Frank Miller

Suspect in his 20s questioned at Killarney Garda station over threatening footage

The passengers were dropped at the City North Hotel near Julianstown in Co Meath when the hijacked bus left the M1 at Junction 7. Photograph: Google Street

Three people were sitting in a vehicle when it was stolen at Dublin Airport

Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. The three airline passengers who were on the minibus when it was stolen  were let out at junction seven of the M1. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The suspects, who are in their 30s and are related, were arrested in Co Monaghan

A fifth suspect was still being sought by investigating gardaí. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Number of members of force underwent medical treatment after patrol car rammed

The mini-bus was stolen from  outside Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport at 1am. File image: Matt Kavanagh / The Irish Times

Two men arrested in Co Monaghan after driving as far as Armagh before crashing in Republic

Gardaí have been conducting checkpoints in Dublin 7 where the attempted abduction of a woman in her 60s occurred.

Suspect’s vehicle seized and he is being questioned on suspicion of false imprisonment

A third of those who paid to leave early had studied nautical science while others studied engineering, financial maths, geomatics, financial management, strategic risk management and global security. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

New graduates in cybersecurity and forensics, engineering, nautical science left

United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (Unifil) armoured vehicles patrol the area around the southern Lebanese town of Kfar Kila on the border with Israel on January 3rd, 2020. Photograph: Ali Dia/AFP/Getty

Significant exchanges of fire possible following US killing of Qassem Suleimani in Iraq

Gardaí have seized firearms and ammunition in north Co Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gardaí say they are determined to keep pressure on feuding gangs this year

Fines for illegal parking would be abolished in favour of nationwide clamping under new proposals by the Courts Service. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Courts Service says existing fines Act is not working as few pay on time or attend court

UK police forensics officers at the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex, after 39 bodies were found in a truck in October  2019. Photograph:  Aaron Chown/PA

The two men are being sought for interview by UK police over deaths of 39 people

Lisa Smith leaves a  Garda station in the northeast after signing on  as part of her bail conditions. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

Bail granted before Christmas but issues with raising cash delayed release

Refusals of leave to land at Dublin Airport had reached 5,687 by the end of November, involving people from all over the world. File photograph: Getty

Passport control checks moved from migration posts to steps of aircraft

Airlines have  been made aware by gardaí that they will be forced to find room on return flights for any foreign nationals they bring to Ireland who are found not to have the correct travel documents when they arrive in Dublin. File photograph: Kate Geraghty

Fewer Albanians, Georgians apply for asylum as impact of Garda operation felt

Over 1,000 residency cards have been refused or revoked since 2015, when gardaí discovered sham marriage fraud related to the people applying for the cards

Operation Vantage was set up in 2015 to target sham marriages where men outside the EU could get immigration status

Investigative shortcomings were discovered in nearly three quarters of homicide inquiries, including murders, carried out by gardaí when the cases were examined by the force’s oversight body.

Review of 41 homicide inquiries and found issues with 28 of them

Annemarie Hooper, a 33-year-old mother of two from Tallaght, was killed when a car hit a lamppost in Rathfarnham in Dublin in the early hours of Tuesday.

Annemarie Hooper (33) was fatally injured when car driven by Dean Coleman left road

Nadine Lott, a mother of one young daughter, was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin after an alleged assault in Arklow, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Instagram

Local TD says he cannot imagine the horror family are going through after young woman’s death

Drug crime and frauds are both increasing significantly in the Republic while the number of sexual crimes being reported has reached another new record high. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Increase in most crimes apart from homicides, robbery-extortion, burglaries – CSO

 Gardaí at the scene on Wednesday  morning at Shancastle Park, Clondalkin, where a man was shot and seriously injured. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Man approached by a lone gunman on Clondalkin and shot in legs

Flowers at the scene on Butterfield Avenue in Rathfarnham, Dublin, where a man and a woman were killed in a car crash early on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gsoc investigating Dublin crash in which man and woman were fatally injured

Butterfield Avenue in Templeogue where a man and a woman where killed in a car crash early on Tuesday. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Man and woman were in a car which hit a lamppost in Templeogue early on Tuesday

Orchard Lawns in Cherry Orchard, Dublin, where builders were targeted by antisocial behaviour while constructing a social housing project. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Investigation centres on payment of protection by building firms working in Dublin

Photograph: Getty

Sophisticated home security systems and Garda Operation Thor lower burglary rates

Photograph: Getty Images

Frankie and Jock – two experienced burglars tell their stories

Garda Headquarters confirmed in a reply to queries that a senior officer had been suspended. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Crude messages allegedly sent and inappropriate comments allegedly made to female officer

Two vehicles were also confiscated on suspicion they were the proceeds of crime including  a 131 Audi A5. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Detectives believe suspect is involved in drug dealing and is part of wider criminal network

Parca road-safety campaign group was responding to details of the low rate of conviction contained in information released by the Courts Service via the Department of Justice. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cavan and Monaghan had lowest rate, with 4 per cent of those charged being convicted


Parc Road Safety Group ‘left speechless’ by figures and calls for investigation

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: “A further 2,700 personnel, comprising 1,500 Garda members and over 1,200 Garda staff will join us by 2021.” Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Garda set to stay within core budget for 2019, Drew Harris tells Policing Authority

A group of 23 Albanian and Georgian nationals has been deported in an Irish-led operation involving the EU’s border agency, the Department of Justice has said. File image: Getty.

Operation comes amid concerns over people from ‘safe countries’ seeking protection in State

The Makarav handgun recovered in a car the two suspects were travelling in is from Russia and has been issued to the police and military there. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Detectives discovered loaded semi-automatic weapon during Co Westmeath operation

Lisa Smith (38) (left, covered) is escorted by a Garda member leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Collins Courts

Dundalk woman (38) must be charged or released after three days of questioning

The burglary rate in Dublin last year was 560 offences per 100,000 people, compared to 268 for  the rest of the Republic.

CSO data shows capital has highest incidence of every type of offence

New Garda crime detention figures have been published by the CSO following a four-year suspension amid concerns over their accuracy. File image: Gareth Chaney Collins

Drug crime had highest detection rate at 85% while for homicides it was 72%

Tom Clonan: ‘For two decades, I remained isolated from former colleagues’.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dr Tom Clonan acknowledged for his service by Chief of Staff at Curragh Camp

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris at a public meeting with the Policing Authority in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Unease in Garda circles at right-wing social media activity and arson attacks

The review found examples of cases that were misclassified, poor record-keeping and witness statements not being taken or taken late. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cases examined after data analysts raised concerns about standards in 2016

Gardaí have stopped 23 men over a two day period close to places where sexual services were being offered for sale.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

DPP office will decide if men should face prosecution

Policing Authority chairwoman Josephine Feehily said the situation creates a significant ‘organisational risk’ for the Garda. Photograph: Frank Miller

Assistant Commissioner says force has no system to track how many are trained

File photograph of Luke O’Reilly (66), Mullahoran Lower, Kilcogy, Co Cavan who was charged on Tuesday.

Four males, aged between 25 and 66 remanded in custody after hearing in Cavan

Emergency personnel at Rosslare Europort board a  ferry after 16 people were discovered in a sealed trailer on Thursday, November 21st: nine have gone missing. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Impossible to determine if missing migrants have left State as they may never be found

Gardaí investigate after a  shooting on Clonshaugh Avenue in Dublin on Sunday evening. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Line of inquiry being explored is that attack is linked to worsening feud in Coolock area

Mark Lawlor who died after being attacked while in Cloverhill prison. File photograph: Collins Courts

Dead man had scores of previous convictions including one for harassing pregnant garda

The scene at Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford, after 16 people were found  in the back of a truck on a ferry sailing from France on Thursday.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Strongly suspected they left their accommodation with a view to going to UK

It is understood the man died after being attacked by his cell mate at Cloverhill prison . File photograph of emergency services at Cloverhill prison: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Death is being investigated by the Garda, Inspector of Prisons and Irish Prison Service

Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford, after 16 people were discovered in a sealed trailer on a ship sailing from France. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Garda and Custom face mammoth task in detecting people or contraband

Emergency personnel at Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford, awaiting the arrival of the Stena Line ferry after 16 people were discovered in a sealed trailer on the ship sailing from France. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gardaí believe group may have got into trailer when driver stopped near Cherbourg

The arrests bring to seven the number of people detained to date over the attack on Kevin Lunney, the chief operations officer at Quinn Industrial Holdings. Photograph: BBC Spotlight

The men, aged 22 to 66 years, are being detained in Monaghan and Dublin

Mosney direct provision centre in Co Meath. File photograph: Frank Miller

Department of Justice seeking providers to operate centres in eight regions

One of the chief suspects for the abduction and torture of Kevin Lunney, above, was among four men being questioned by gardaí on Thursday night. Photograph: BBC

Three others suspected of sourcing vehicles for the attack or carrying out surveillance

The scene at Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford, after 16 people were found alive in the back of a truck on a ferry sailing from France. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gardaí investigating how 16 men came to be in back of lorry on sailing from Cherbourg

Kevin Lunney, a 50-year-old father of five, was abducted close to his home in Co Fermanagh before being tortured and dumped in Co Cavan. Photograph: PA

Arrests come week after three suspects were detained for attack on QIH executive

A file photograph of Martin ’the Viper’ Foley. Photograph: Collins.

Interest and penalties linked to unpaid monies more than trebled sum owed

The suspects, aged 18 to 37 years, were detained during three searches in the west Dublin area.

Since mid-October seven people involved in prostitution have been assaulted, gardaí say

Superintendent Paul Dolan of Lucan Garda station  speaking during a media briefing about the body of a man found in a burning car  in Lucan. Photograph: Collins

A criminal in his 40s linked to at least one murder, he was reported missing by his partner

Garda and forensic experts at the scene where a man’s body was found in a burned-out car in Mount Andrew Rise, Lucan, Co Dublin, on Monday evening. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Gardaí believe body found in burned out car in Lucan to be missing Co Dublin criminal

The burned car in which the man’s body was found is removed  from the scene. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Gardaí trying to establish if death is linked to gun attack on a man in September in Lucan

Gardai attend the scene in the Mount Andrew area in Lucan on Monday evening after a body was discovered in a burning car. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Killing expected to be upgraded to murder inquiry when postmortem results are known

The two men – in their 20s and 30s – who were arrested, are still be held under the Offences Against The State Act at Clondalkin Garda station. Photograph: An Garda Síochána/Twitter

Gardaí intervene in ‘a potential threat to life incident’ during intelligence-led operation

The Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) will not operate for an average of one day per week until the end of February.

Shortage of pilots forces Air Corps to cut back on emergency service it provides to HSE

Kevin Lunney: Three people are being questioned about the  abduction and torture of the Quinn Industrial Holdings executive two months ago. Photograph:  BBC Spotlight

Two men, in their 20s and 40s, and a woman in her 50s released without charge

The Department of Defence acknowledged there had been an issue with retaining pilots.

Coast Guard withdraws in-shore rescue boats due to reported life-jacket malfunction

Kevin Lunney, a 50-year-old father of five, was abducted close to his home in Co Fermanagh before being tortured and dumped in Co Cavan. Photograph: PA

The man is to be targeted after three of his associates were detained for questioning

The Garda Armed Support Unit was drafted into Longford Town to aid policing of the dispute involving several Traveller groups in June. File photograph: Colin Keegan

Support of crack squad helps quell feuding Traveller groups in restive Longford Town

A Rolex watch that  was seized in raids by the Criminal Assets Bureau.

Cars, cash and Rolex watches seized in operation against drug dealing family network

 BBC handout file photo of Kevin Lunney,  on the BBC Spotlight programme.

Lunney attacked on way from work in Quinn Industrial Holdings

Minister of State Michael D’Arcy: Garda Representative Association says his comments risk ‘undermining public confidence in our members policing the  Border’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

GRA contacts Taoiseach over ‘baseless claims’ local gardaí ‘let down’ QIH executives

Cyril McGuinness died last week during a police raid in Derbyshire. Photograph: Collins Courts

Francis McGuinness took High Court case seeking detail of why his yard was searched

Gardaí are investigating how a new born baby suffered serious injuries during an incident in a house in Co Meath on Monday.

Gardaí are trying to establish if there was a disturbance at property in Ashbourne

Quinn Industrial Holdings offices in Derrylin in Co Fermanagh. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Garda representative bodies criticise Minister over policing comments

Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney. Photograph:  BBC Spotlight

Gardaí fear gang still have means to continue as Taoiseach seeks to reassure QIH directors

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors   described Minister for State Michael D’Arcy’s ‘claims’ as ‘unhelpful’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

D’Arcy asked to clarify ‘claim’ that local police did not move fast enough to tackle violence

Quinn Industrial Holdings offices in Derrylin in Co Fermanagh. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Michael D’Arcy claims blame for slow response to threats lies with officers ‘on the ground’

Cyril McGuinness leaving Dublin District Court, October 2014.  Photograph: Collins Courts.

Profile of career criminal’s Europe-wide smuggling scams, ATM thefts and illegal dumping

Cyril McGuinness leaving Dublin District Court in 2014. Photograph: Collins Courts

Cyril McGuinness, aka Dublin Jimmy, died of apparent heart attack in English police raid

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton PSNI speak to the media regarding the investigation of the abduction of Kevin Lunney at Garda HQ in the Phoenix Park on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins Photos

First joint investigation team of its kind, under Eurojust, for cross-border probe

Cyril McGuinness leaving Dublin District Court in 2014 when he appeared charged under the Road Traffic Act. Photograph: Collins.

Documentation, laptops and other evidence seized by police in Derbyshire operation

The Criminal Assets Bureau posted on pictures of some of the items seized on its Facebook page

High-end BMWs, trucks and cash seized at homes and businesses

Cocaine accounted for nine per cent of new drug treatment cases in 2012, rising to 31 per cent of new treatment cases last year.

Drug ‘dominates’ Ireland’s latest statistics with unprecedented 50% surge in new cases

Gardaí at Castlemartin Drive, Bettystown, where father of three Richard Carberry was shot dead on Monday night. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Return of senior crime figure to area has seen tit-for-tat violence escalate to murder

The suspected getaway vehicle on Eastham Road, Bettystown, Co Meath. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Killer fired up to six rounds from automatic pistol, at least two of which struck the victim

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