Flowers and messages left on a signpost at the place on the N7 between Baldonnel and Citywest in Dublin where three men died in a head-on crash with a lorry on Wednesday night. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

‘Trying to get one over on the guards’ among possible motives being examined

Carl Freeman (26)  was, in 2017, described as a ‘menace to society’ while being jailed for his role in an aggravated burglary. Photograph: Facebook

BMW they were driving the wrong way down the N7 burst into flames after hitting a truck

Emergency services at the scene of a fatal road crash involving a truck and a car on the N7 at Junction 3, just before Rathcoole. Photograph: Damien Storan.

Car crashed head-on into truck on N7 when driving in wrong direction in Rathcoole

Emergency services at the scene of a fatal road crash on the N7 near Rathcoole, Co Dublin. Photograph: Damien Storan

The men have not been formally identified, but gardaí believe they are known to them

In one case a prisoner was refused temporary release from Loughan House open prison in Co Cavan to see the remains of his brother. File photograph: Getty

Chaplins’ reports reveal harsh reality of jail life and death for prison inmates and staff

Gardaí carried out the search at about 10pm and seized a variety of drugs.

Garda raid in south Dublin targeting narcotics trade nets cocktail of illegal drugs

Cocaine  use was up almost six-fold in women aged 15 to 24 years; with some 4.5 per cent now reporting recent cocaine use, up from 0.5 per cent five years ago.  Photograph: iStock

Survey shows number of ‘ex-smokers’ bigger than ‘current smokers’ for the first time ever

The Public Accounts Committee has concluded the new €86.6 million premises on Military Road is no longer fit for purpose as it is too small to fit all Garda personnel housed in Harcourt Square.

Two bureaus targeting sex offences and online fraud cannot be housed on Military Road

New measures were put in place in November to ensure it was no longer possible to cancel emergency 999 calls about domestic abuse. Photograph: iStock

Number of emergency calls cancelled by gardaí drops by more than half since November

Gardaí placing a cover over Veronica Guerin’s car at the scene of the fatal shooting in June  1996.  Photograph: Pat Langan

‘The big change is the numbers of men who’d be willing to murder someone for money. Young fellas see it as a badge of honour to ki(...)

Speaking at a public meeting of the Policing Authority on Thursday, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris apologised to domestic violence victims whose calls were cancelled.  Photo: Leah Farrell/

More than 22,000 ‘priority one’ emergency calls reviewed including assaults, sex crimes

 Garda Commissioner Drew Harris  said the problem of cancelled domestic violence 999 calls had been caused by “technological and procedural failings” as well as gardaí “not adhering” to practices set down for combating domestic violence. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Women’s Aid says controversy over Garda emergency calls ‘extremely troubling’

 Policing Authority chairperson Bob Collins made known his ‘deep dissatisfaction and significant concern’   File photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharpix

Some 3,000 domestic violence calls cancelled with no Garda response for some callers

The internal Garda investigation into cancelled domestic violence calls began last year. File photograph: iStock

Some victims received no response, others treated with ‘lack of empathy’, investigation finds

 Barbara Walsh who was last seen at her family home in Co Galway on June 22nd 1985

Daughter of Barbara Walsh says she knew her mother ‘did not leave us ’ by choice

The inspection comes at a time when transnational crime is becoming an increasing problem for the Republic. Photograph: Getty Images

Transnational crime such as fraud and cyber offences an increasing problem for State

 Central Statistics Office figures  show there were 10,459 sanctions imposed by gardaí on people for breaking the regulations in the first three months of this year, compared to 1,090 sanctions in all of last year. File Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Almost 10 times more fines imposed in first three months of this year than all of 2020

The Garda Síochána (Powers) Bill will create the specific new criminal offence of password refusal. Photograph: iStock

Refusal to provide phone or computer password set to become criminal offence

 Gardaí enforce coronavirus restrictions and move people on from South William Street, Dublin, on Sunday, May 30th. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Garda hopeful that disorder linked to street drinking amid strict lockdown was now over

In late April, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris told a meeting of the Policing Authority that a Garda audit had found many 999 calls were cancelled, and therefore not given a policing response, between 2019 and October 2020. File photograph: iStock

System that allowed this practice needs to be overhauled so it ‘can never happen again’

The ANOM app: Authorities have said that  using phones planted by the US FBI, law enforcement officers were able to read the messages of global underworld figures in about 100 countries. Photograph: Getty

Will Irish gangs be caught? Gardaí are hopeful that valuable data will emerge

In her report, the the Inspector of Prisons, Patricia Gilheaney, found that the Irish Prison Service’s system for investigating prisoner complaints was not fit for purpose. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Report highlights positive initiatives but also hardships endured due to pandemic

Man charged and suspended pending the outcome of the criminal process

Gardaí must refer any incident to Gsoc where a member of the public has come to harm at or around the time they have had dealings with any member of the Garda

Teen detained on suspicion of public order incident but soon needed hospital treatment

Quantity of illicit drugs seized and the value of cash confiscated from gangs reached record levels in the State last year

The Anom app appears on the screen of a smartphone in Paris, on June 8th, 2021. Photograph: Olivier Morin/ AFP via Getty Images

Global sting operation has resulted vast drugs seizures – that’s the tip of the iceberg

The Anom operation involved the FBI taking control of a system designed to allow organised criminals send encrypted message to each other on modified mobile phones. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP via Getty Images

Encrypted messaging systems Anom and EncroChat infiltrated by law enforcement

Gardaí recovered €10,000 in cash from man driving van as well as a list  detailing where he had collected 400 catalytic converters. Photograph: iStock

Detective’s hunch prompted search of van in which large haul was discovered

The drugs, which were packed into the shop in white sacks, are believed to have come from North Africa and which was destined for the European market.

About 22 tonnes of hashish found in trawler after Naval Service flags vessel as suspicious

The man was arrested by detectives from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau. File Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Detectives investigating allegations of corrupt practices detain man in 50s

GRA president Frank Thornton said it was “committed to a zero-tolerance policy on drug-taking by any members of the force. Photograph: Frank Miller

AGSI and GRA support concept of testing but seek clarity on how new system will operate

Assistant Commissioner Pat Clavin and Chief Supt Jo O’Leary at the launch of the Garda Anti-Corruption Unit and the introduction of associated policies at Kevin Street Garda station in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

New bureau announces focus on halting abuses of position by members of force

Members of Gardai enforce coronavirus restrictons and move people on from South William street, Dublin on Sunday. Photograph;  Niall Carson/PA Wire

People cannot be told ‘not to gather’, says Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu

Drug seizures increased to record levels last year and the trend has continued in recent months. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Surge in demand follows ‘remarkable’ rise in drug seizures in 2020 and preceding years

Gardaí at Temple Bar Square on Sunday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Senior gardaí averse to ‘heavy-handed’ response despite breaches of Covid-19 rules

Two members of An Garda Síochána were shot during the incident. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Man (30s) due to appear in court

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau determine the trajectory of bullets fired at the unmarked Garda car in Whitechapel Grove, Clonsilla. Photograph: Collins

Dublin-based detectives in their 30s exchanged fire with occupant of Clonsilla house

 Members of the Garda Technical Bureau  examine the house on Whitechapel Grove, Blanchardstown where a man opened fire on gardaí from an upstairs bedroom window. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Dubliner involved in gangland crime and served 10 years for cocaine possession

Gardaí outside the house in Whitechapel Grove, Dublin 15 on Tuesday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Convicted drug dealer who served 10-year sentence has long been involved in feuding

The scene of an armed siege at Whitechapel Grove, west Dublin on Tuesday night. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Man in custody after firing from home during armed siege at housing estate in west Dubli

Armed gardaí at a house siege in west Dublin. Photograph: Gary Ashe Two Gardai shot and seige at a house on Whitechapel grove, Blanchardstown.Pic shows a sharp shooter entering the scene.Pic Gary Ashe 24/5/2021

Man arrested following massive Garda operation at Whitechapel Grove, Clonsilla

Garda sources said it would be very difficult to trace the gang responsible for targeting the HSE IT system. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Gardaí are investigating who is seeking to ‘gatecrash’ communication channel to gang

The cyber gang which broke into the HSE’s computer systems took copies of all the data they encrypted. Photograph: iStock

Gardaí warn fraudsters may contact public asking for money to secure hospital care

HSE offices in Dublin. The State’s Cyber Security Incident Response Team, IT teams from the HSE and FireEye, the State’s security contractor, are to work through the weekend. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Publication of data on darknet as threatened by gang appears inevitable, gardaí say

The HSE has been granted an injunction banning the publication of any of the stolen data and documents. But that will not stop the cyber gang publishing the files on the darknet.

Even basic data on patient or corporate documents can be used by criminals

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly reiterated no ransom would be paid to the gang behind the cyberattack on the HSE.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Initial tests on decryption key provided after cyberattack have been positive, says Minister

HSE chief executive Paul Reid said if the ransom demand was met, the State would be making the gang stronger for future attacks. Photograph: iStock

Caution required over use of key to ensure it contains no further malicious software

Cybersecurity professionals said the decryption tool offered by the ransom gang to the HSE appears to be genuine. Photograph: iStock

Russian-speaking gang still threatening to publish patient files from Monday

The Minister for Defence said the primary cybersecurity role of the Defence Forces was the protection of its own networks and systems. File photograph: Getty

Minister denies SF claim that Defence Forces cyberattack readiness ‘undermined’ by cuts

Government sources say that while no ransom demand has been received from the hackers, it is expected that one will arrive soon, and that the leaking of patient data will also begin soon. Photograph: iStock

Leaking of information likely says Humphreys while sources suggest ransom request expected

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister finds advertising following attack ‘very distasteful’

The Garda said there was “a risk that the medical and other data of patients will be abused, either for fraud or by means of public release”.  Photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí caution against assuming link between HSE cyberattack and call to Tipperary patient

The organisers of the Black Lives Matter protest in Dublin last summer will not face prosecution, An Garda Síochána has said. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Gardaí now expect most people investigated for ‘organising an event’ will not face charges

It is widely suspected across the international community that Russia tolerates Wizard Spider as long as they attack targets in the West. Photograph: iStock

Health service attack regarded as a for-profit crime rather than any proxy attack by Russia

The Garda and National Cyber Security Centre is liaising with Europol on the nature of the ransomware recently used against the HSE. File photograph: iStock

Much of information is administrative and not related to procedures and conditions

Those people featured in the footage, especially as they are juveniles, may be able to sue for damages over breaches to their privacy.

Rail operator says footage should not have been shared on social media

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

Gardaí strongly suspect the same criminal gang is involved in both ransomware attacks

Tony McInerney at Ennis Court.

Tony McInerney sentenced to 12 years – longest given by Ennis Circuit Court this century

The HSE confirmed a cyber attack hit all hospital IT systems, with appointments at the Rotunda cancelled on Friday as a result. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Minister says group responsible has been identified by the State’s cybersecurity apparatus

Portobello Plaza in Dublin, which has been closed off this weekend by Dublin City Council following recent antisocial behaviour and littering. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Council to trial traffic plan near St Stephen’s Green in the capital to facilitate outdoor dining

Taoiseach Micheal Martin said it would take some days to assess the impact of the attack. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach insists vaccination programme continues uninterrupted despite serious cybercrime incident

Drug crime in the regions is increasing at a significant rate. File photograph: Reuters

Confiscation of money from gangs doubles and narcotics seizures accelerate fourfold

Gardaí in Dublin have arrested three youths in connection with a violent disorder incident that occurred at Howth Junction Dart station on April 1st last.

Three teenagers arrested on Thursday are released without charge

From the nearly 5,000 bicycles stolen in Dublin in the 16-month period, just 1,302 were recovered by gardaí. Photograph: iStock

Many bicycles recovered by gardaí could not be returned to owners as serial numbers not recorded

The Garda investigation into a leak by Tanaiste Leo Varadkar, pictured last week, which had been believed to be nearing its conclusion, is now expected to continue into the summer. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gardaí have conducted more interviews than initially expected to ascertain if leak is crime

A man in his late 20s walked into the station and sprayed a flammable liquid, believed to be petrol, around the premises and onto himself and a young Garda member who tackled him. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Suspect arrested after spraying flammable liquid around Newbridge station on Monday

The number of drugs crimes in 2020 were at Celtic Tiger-era levels. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Drug crimes hit Celtic Tiger-era level, as usage is 'part of everyday life'

Watches seized during the operation. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Cash, drugs, designer watches and other goods seized as part of operation

A total of 23,285 drug crimes were recorded last year, an increase of 9%  to a level only previously seen in 2008.  Photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí seize €36.5 million worth of drugs, despite Covid-19 restrictions

A Garda checkpoint at Dublin Airport as Covid restrictions continue to be enforced. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

No plans to keep Donegal in lockdown from Monday, Dr Ronan Glynn says

During an earlier phase of the investigation in recent months gardaí also conducted searches in Dublin, Meath, Waterford and Wicklow. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Both men released without charge after latest arrests

 Members of the armed support unit supported Cab officers in the search. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Car belonging to man connected to extortion of building contractors seized

A file image from last week of gardaí at the apartment where Kwok Ping Cheng’s body was found. Photograph: Collins

Kwok Ping Cheng was found dead in his apartment last week after violent attack

An Garda has reported a significant surge in cyber frauds, often based on scam emails and texts which aim to extract a victim’s bank details or PPS number.

Gardaí believe gangs using riskier methods as cash-running outlets hit by Covid

A car carrying a photograph of British girl Madeleine McCann who went missing in 2008. File photograph: Paulo Duarte/AP

Christian Brückner is chief suspect in child’s disappearance and for assault of Hazel Behan

The suspects detained in this latest phase of the inquiry are all men and are aged in their 20s, 40s and 50s. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Suspects held as part of ongoing investigation into killing in Drogheda last year

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said attacks against the person had experienced a ‘plateau’ last year, and decreased by almost 14% after gradual increases over the previous three years. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Most other crime types, including assaults on men, dropped sharply in 12 months to April

One of the vehicles seized by Cab officers. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Cab seize vehicles and documents in bid to undermine gang suspected of burglaries

A garda walks past a new mural at Dublin’s Grand Canal Docks by the artist CHELS. Photoraph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Harris defends force against allegations of ‘aggressive’ enforcement of regulations

Up to 100 people are being questioned as part of the investigation, while mobile phones and documents have been seized.

A total of 11 Garda members have been suspended from duty in the inquiry

Searches were part of a joint operation that targeted gang suspected to be involved in facilitating illegal immigration.

Houses in Dublin and Wicklow searched as part of investigation into trafficking

Cab profilers,  an integral part of ‘denying and depriving’ criminals of their wealth. Photograph:  Garda Facebook

Special training in cryptocurrency as Garda seeks to keep pace with organised gangs

Suspect in his 50s is eighth person arrested in ongoing inquiry into corrupt practices

The main suspect was arrested last month and was released without charge. An Garda Síochána said at the time a file would be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Accountancy firm had alerted gardaí to false claims for expenses by employee

Residents were evacuated from their homes on  a Drogheda street after an explosives manufacturing facility was discovered in a nearby house. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Search operation was part of Operation Stratus which targets criminal gangs

Gardaí have warned people to be wary of calls which come from a number almost identical to that of the the ‘Garda Confidential Line’ in which personal financial details are requested. Photograph: iStock

Fraudsters seek to secure personal financial details while pretending to be members of the force during calls

Patrick Coffey’s large property at Upper Ballycasheen, Killarney, Co Kerry, seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau in the course of Operation Tarmac.

Cab targets gang operating in Ireland, UK and Europe with bogus construction

Anyone with information   is asked to contact gardaí at Cavan Garda station.

Car found burnt out after robbery believed to have been used by raiders

Jennie Poole sustained fatal injuries in an assault at her apartment on Melville Drive, Finglas, just before 2pm on Saturday.

Fundraiser set up to help with funeral costs and care of her children now tops €64,000

Svetlana Murphy

Svetlana Murphy found safe and well in Belfast

Det Garda Donohoe was shot dead at Lordship Credit Union in Co Louth on January 25th, 2013. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Man in his 30s believed to be linked to Aaron Brady who was convicted over 2013 murder

 The Oireachtas committee heard the Reserve Defence Forces had about 1,500 personnel compared with about 4,000 in the 1990s. File photograph: Alan Betson

Chair of new reform body tells Oireachtas committee it will not address overtime

Gerry Hutch, wearing a disguise, at the funeral of his brother, Eddie Hutch, in 2016. Gardaí want him extradited back to Ireland to face charges in connection with attack in which a man was murdered. Photograph: Reuters

Move comes five years after David Byrne was murdered at Dublin hotel as part of escalating feud

There is a growing concern within the Garda that the force was being swamped by the workload related to economic crimes, especially those with an online dimension. Photograph: iStock

Next-generation search warrants could gain access to suspects' device data

Mr Varadkar has insisted his legal advice has always been that he did not break the law in sharing the document.  File photograph: Julien Behal

Tánaiste met gardaí by appointment on April 9th, indicating inquiry is close to conclusion

JenniferPoole, who had a daughter (7) and son (4), was fatally injured in a knife attack in her home on Melville Drive, Finglas, just before 2pm on Saturday.

Jennifer Poole (24) died after incident at Finglas home

Gardaí investigating an international fraud ring operating in the Republic have arrested two teenagers in Co Longford. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gardaí conduct searches in county as they target gang’s money-laundering element

There were delays of about an hour at many prisons as staff queued to be admitted to work when security arrangements were slowed, with longer delays reported at the Midlands Prison, Portlaoise (pictured). File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Action aims to force clarity from health authorities on when officers will be inoculated

William Delaney went missing in Portlaoise, Co Laois, in January 2019

Father of eight William Delaney (56) went missing in January 2019 and was murdered

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee: ‘These crimes are motivated by prejudice.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inciting hatred on social media could carry prison sentence of up to six months

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