The post of Garda commissioner has been vacant since the unexpected retirement of Nóirín O’Sullivan last September. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Need for legislation to allow candidates up to age 60 to apply has pushed back process

Flowers at the scene on Ranelagh Road, Dublin  where the body of Joanne Lee was discovered in a wardrobe. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Joanne Lee’s estranged partner says they were trying to reconcile before her death in Ranelagh

Supt Gerry Delmar speaks to the media at the scene on Friday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Joanne Lee (38), whose body was discovered in Ranelagh house, had been strangled

Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’ Callaghan: Garda management failed to explain why the force’s civilian analysts had been excluded from the preparation of the first report for the authority. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Jim O’Callaghan accuses senior gardaí of misleading Policing Authority about report

The Policing Authority is to meet senior Garda management at a public meeting on Thursday week at which the force will be questioned about the homicides classification issue. Photograph: Alan Betson

Oireachtas committee scrutinising response of Policing Authority to whistleblowers

Det Supt Colm Fox at a press conference at Ballymun Garda station last year. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Judge Karen O’Connor said her thoughts were with family of Det Supt Colm Fox

The Tricolour flies at half mast outside Ballymun Garda station on Sunday after  the death of a senior detective. Photograph: Stephen Collins

Officer had been due to give evidence at Regency Hotel murder trial

Flag at half mast after the death of a senior detective at Ballymun Garda station: Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Body of officer, who was in his fifties, was found in Ballymun Garda station last night

Josephine Feehily, chairperson of the Policing Authority: the authority has raised questions about the results of the two-stage Garda inquiry.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Authority says checks on 41 homicides not robust enough, wants independent view

The man who died after a stabbing in Lucan on Wednesday night has been named locally as Bryan Cassidy (52). Photograph: Facebook

Dead man named locally as Bryan Cassidy (52)

Gardaí are trying to determine whether any of the children in the images of child sexual abuse discovered are Irish. File photograph: Getty Images

Homes of 31 suspects in 12 counties searched in major series of co-ordinated raids

US film producer Harvey Weinstein during the 70th Cannes Film Festival in Antibes, France, last May. File photograph: Yann Coatsaliou/AFP/Getty Images

Irish woman who worked for producer’s Miramax firm claims he attacked her

File photo: Gardaí in Naas have repeated their appeal for any witnesses to the fatal crash to come forward. Photograph: Collins Photos.

Incident took place last Thursday morning on the R413 Brannockstown to Kilcullen Road

Two Garda whistleblowers have been trying to raise their concerns in the Garda for over a year. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Whistleblowers told politicians of concerns amid frustration with force’s management

Genuine differences in interpreting the cause of a fatal road-traffic crash may have resulted in a criminal investigation that was less serious than another senior Garda officer would have opted for. Photograph: Frank Miller

Whistleblowers believe misclassification of some cases meant no homicide inquiry took place

Minister of Justice Charlie Flanagan: “Any substantiated allegations of this kind would be very serious and a cause of grave public concern.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister seeks assurances after officers allege misclassified cases not properly addressed

Garda Deputy Commissioner John Twomey. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Background: Claims from two whistleblowers will rock the Government and the force

Two civilian Garda staff have claimed in protected disclosures that some murder cases were not fully investigated as such. Photograph: Colin Keegan

Force members claim the Policing Authority was not given the full facts in a number of cases

File photograph:  Collins

Authority tells Garda to carry out review of 41 misclassified homicides

A garda at the scene in the James Larkin House flats complex off North Strand where Jason Molyneux  was shot dead on Tuesday night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gardaí believe the killing of Jason Molyneux is linked to three other gun murders

The funeral cortege for Derek Coakley-Hutch makes it way to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermott Street.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Funeral takes place in Dublin of gun murder victim Derek Coakley Hutch (27)

Gardai preserve the scene where the suspected getaway vehicle used in a fatal shooting at James Larkin House, North Strand was found in a park off the Alfie Byrne Road. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Jason Molyneux (27) shot dead last night after attending wake of Derek Coakley Hutch

Jason ‘Buda’ Molyneux (27)

Hutch associate Jason Molyneux (27) shot dead on North Strand in north inner city

 Ross Hutch (centre)  outside the family home of Derek Coakley-Hutch on Buckingham Street, Dublin,   following a prayer service. Photograph:  Collins

Major Garda operation put in place for funeral of latest Hutch-Kinahan feud victim

Gardaí at the scene of a shooting  at James Larkin House on the North Strand, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Victim who was shot in North Strand area had been warned by the Garda his life was at risk

Irene White  was found dead in her kitchen in April 2005.

Man in his 40s being held for questioning at Dundalk Garda station on Tuesday evening

Anne Delcassian stands outside the court  after Anthony Lambe was jailed for life for the murder of her sister Irene White  in the kitchen of Ice House, Demesne Road, Dundalk, Co Louth in April, 2005. Photograph: Collins Courts

Both suspects were known to dead Dundalk woman and her family

The Policing Authority is to formulate the process to recruit the next Garda commissioner. The process will then be run by the Public Appointments Service.

Department of Justice says the scale of reform required in the force justifies the move

 Gardaí  at the scene on Saturday of a suspected gangland shooting near a boxing tournament on the South Circular Road in Dublin last night.

Suspected target was shot in the foot while a male bystander suffered a wound to his hand

Derek Coakley Hutch: Like most of the Kinahans’ victims, he appears to have had no involvement in anything that could be even loosely defined as active organised crime

Weekend Read: The Kinahan-Hutch feud isn’t just about revenge any more. It’s a public display of power

A crowd walks through inner-city Dublin during a vigil for Derek Coakley-Hutch, who was murdered last weekend. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

Inner-city event remembered Derek Coakley-Hutch, latest Kinahan feud victim

A Garda photograph of the cannabis that was found in Darndale. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Man in 50s arrested following seizure on Belcamp Lane in Darndale

Chairwoman of the Policing Authority Josephine Feehily: said Government had created a “crowded, confused and inefficient oversight regime” in which holding the Garda to account was difficult. Photograph: Alan Betson

Chairwoman Josephine Feehily criticises how Garda oversight bodies operate

Bridgeview halting site in Clondalkin, where Derek Hutch was shot dead  in a gangland killing related to the Hutch-Kinahan feud which has claimed 14 lives.  Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/

Funeral of Derek Coakley-Hutch and ongoing feud murder trial are potential flashpoints

Victims of the Hutch-Kinahan feud (clockwise from top left): Gary Hutch, David Byrne, Eddie Hutch, Michael Barr, Martin O’Rourke and Noel Duggan

Roll of dishonour runs to double figures with no end in sight for this murderous campaign

Some of those involved in the Kinahan-Hutch feud have been removed from the streets by the Garda. Photograph: The Irish Times

Analysis: wealth of Kinahan off-shore leadership poses unique challenge for Garda

 Derek Coakley Hutch was murdered in a gun attack at the Bridgeview halting site beside Cloverhill Prison. Photograph: Derek Coakley-Hutch Facebook page

Judge suspended four-year-sentence for father of two over 2015 robbery

Garda forensic officers at the scene of the murder of Derek Coakley-Hutch (inset). Main photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gardaí believe 27-year old may have gone to area where he was killed to throw drugs over prison wall

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission wants the right to carry out no-warning searches at Garda stations. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Gsoc seeks major new powers including independence from Department of Justice

Maurice McCabe and his wife, Lorraine, at the Charleton tribunal in Dublin Castle on Wednesday. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Background: ‘Inaccuracy’ occurred when lawyers previewed evidence, Charleton told

Sgt Maurice McCabe  at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sgt Yvonne Martin accused over McCabe smear says investigation did not contact her

GRA general secretary Pat Ennis:  in a row over pay, many were unhappy with how  leadership handled the negotiations and he faced a no-confidence motion. Photograph: Conor Ó Mearáin

‘Dysfunctional’ GRA’s spending to be in focus at delegate conference after report published

News of the deep levels of concern about Garda overtime comes after it emerged that funding for some of the Garda’s armed units was at risk. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Department of Public Expenditure believes overspend reached €1m per week at end 2017

An average of just over 1,500 burglaries were recorded each month in 2017, with a total of nearly 18,500 for the full year. Photograph: Getty Images

New figures show a low level of burglaries last year despite concerns over high-profile cases

Garda figures on a range of subjects have proven problematic in recent years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Can we believe the statistics? And is burglary really just a rural problem?

The body of the man, named as Michael Burke, is removed from the scene in Dalkey, Co Dublin, on Friday afternoon. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Cause of death has yet to be established in death of man (31) named as Michael Burke

Gardaí went into a unit in a business park in Rathcoole, Co Dublin and found an arsenal of firearms and ammunition, the Special Criminal Court was told.

Men found with firearms in Dublin business park to be sentenced at end of month

The nine searches took place in Rialto, Dun Laoghaire, Francis St and other locations in the city centre.

Nine properties searched by Criminal Assets Bureau - Rolex watches, documents, drone, cash seized

Whistleblower Maurice McCabe at Dublin Castle on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Charleton tribunal shines completely new light on very contentious episode

Maurice McCabe: both Supt Noel Cunningham and Sgt Yvonne Martin,  who have issued High Court defamation proceedings, were at a meeting with Sgt McCabe in Mullingar in August 2008. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Reports followed Wallace’s allegation about recording of McCabe’s meeting with officers

Brian Doolan: the child rapist was banned from receiving phone calls or having visitors for 30 days

Brian Doolan ‘used jail telephone’ to instruct his son to taunt the nephew he abused

Brian Doolan: his website seeks to attack his nephew Stephen Kershaw, the Garda, One in Four and The Irish Times

Prominent academic Brian Doolan convicted of abusing his nephew Stephen Kershaw

Armed gardaí at a checkpoint on Portland Row, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Garda union expresses anger over scaling back of counter-terror and gangland operations

Dubliner Linda Mulhall has been released at the expiry of her 15-year manslaughter sentence for her role in the killing of  Farah Swaleh Noor (39), a native of Kenya, on March 20th, 2005. File photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Farah Swaleh Noor, a Kenyan, was killed and his body parts dumped in Royal Canal in 2005

Gardaí seal off the scene of a fatal stabbing on Avenue Road, Dundalk on Wednesday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Local residents hadn’t noticed anyone coming and going from the house in recent weeks

Yosuke Sasaki died following a knife attack in Dundalk on Wednesday. Photograph: Facebook

Yosuke Sasaki (24) had been living in Dundalk and working in call centre

Gardaí are following a definite line of inquiry following an attack on a Hutch family member. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ross Hutch (25) received a head injury at Portland Place in Dublin on Wednesday

Minister for Transport Shane  Ross has said motorists travelling in excess of the speed limit may face “four, six, eight or more points, depending on how fast they are going”. Photograph: Frank Miller

Gardaí fear speeding prosecutions under Minister’s proposal will be contested robustly

Detectives are working on the theory that a dispute broke out inside a house on Dublin Road. It then spilled out on to the street, where Marek Swider was stabbed. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Polish man Marek Swider stabbed to death on New Year’s Eve in Ballyjamesduff

Clodagh Hawe’s mother Mary Coll (right) and sister Jacqueline Connelly (left) outside Cavan courthouse following the inquest into the deaths of the Hawe family. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Teacher confessed in letter before suicide to murders of wife and three sons

Clodagh Hawe’s mother Mary Coll (right) and sister Jacqueline Connelly (left) outside Cavan Court House following the inquest. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Jury waited in a line and one by one they embraced Clodagh Hawe’s mother and sister

Clodagh Hawe’s mother Mary Coll (right) and sister Jacqueline Connelly (left) outside Cavan Court House on Tuesday  following the inquest into the deaths of the Hawe family last year.  Photograph: PA

Mother and sister of Clodagh say Alan Hawe faced loss of role as ‘pillar of the community’

Clodagh Hawe and her sons, from left, Niall, Ryan and Liam. Photograph: Jacqueline Connolly

Jury finds Clodagh Hawe and her three sons were ‘unlawfully killed’

Garda sources say victims who have been subjected to more assaults, or in some cases extreme verbal threats, find it difficult to feel safe in their homes again. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Murder of woman (78) in Limerick latest case in which older people have been targeted

A statement from the Department of the Taoiseach said neither Leo Varadkar nor anyone else in the department knew about the incident at the time. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Inquiry into claim senior officer ordered caution rather than criminal investigation

 Members of the gardaí at the scene of a house fire on Parslickstown Gardens. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Baby, his mother and a youth were wounded in nearby shooting in west Dublin on Monday

A 24-year-old woman and 27-year-old man are  still being questioned on Thursday evening.

Man and woman arrested after Dublin victim recognised one of his attackers


Department of Justice’s comments to Government also point to State security risk

 Gardaí continue their investigations at the scene of a  shooting in Parlickstown Gardens, Co Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Dublin shooting described as ‘the lowest of the low’

Brian Rattigan of Cooley Road, Drimnagh, Dublin, who has won his Supreme Court appeal against his conviction for the murder of a man in Dublin more than 16 years ago. Photograph: Collins Courts

Murder appeal success means he may be on home stretch of prison sentences

Gardaí  continue their investigations at the scene of Monday’s triple shooting in Parlickstown Gardens. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

23-year-old woman arrested for questioning in Wicklow on Tuesday afternoon

Jacob Cummins, a 17-year-old originally from Dublin, died after being struck by a 4X4 last Thursday in Perth, Australia.

Jacob Cummins hit by 4x4 hours after fight between schoolboys in a park in Perth

Undercover gardaí search a rickshaw driver on Dublin’s Suffolk Street after observing a drug deal.  Photograph: Alan Betson

As gardaí get tough on the rickshaw trade, the driver-dealers are getting smarter

A quantity of cash and a number of watches were seized. Photographs: Garda Press Office

10 premises searched during operation targeting family-based crime network

Gardaí outside a house in Ballymun where an exchange of gunfire during a raid this morning resulted in a garda and another man being injured. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Exchange of gunfire happened at house in Ballymun as gardaí tried to gain access

The woman, aged in her early 30s, was attacked using “a caustic substance” shortly after 10pm on Friday, December 1st. Photograph: Frank Miller

Detectives believe another woman who had grudge against victim paid man to target her

Kane McCormack: Garda foiled an attempt on his  life three months ago. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Kinahan-Hutch feud link suspected in killing of 24-year-old whose body found in Co Meath

Gardaí preserve the scene at Waterstown, Co Meath, where Kane McCormack’s body was found. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Killing of Kane McCormack after lull is part of Kinahan ‘wipeout’ of Hutch side

Garda forensic officers pictured at the scene where a man’s body was found in a field at Walterstown, Dunboyne, Co Meath. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Kane McCormack left vehicle in Aldi car park and got into other car shortly before he was shot

Gardaí operating a speed camera as part of a penalty points for speeding operation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gardaí prolific at cancelling points will face no disciplinary action following Gsoc report

 A Garda checkpoint on Kildare Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Impossible to determine how many of 76,000 cancellations were dishonest

Garda whistleblower Keith Harrison with his partner Marissa Simms at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle, which is chaired by Judge Peter Charleton. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photo Garda  Keith Harrison with his partner Marissa Simms: tribunal has dismissed their whistleblowing claims. Photograph: Stephen Collins

With partner Marissa Simms, Harrison claimed vendetta by Garda and Tusla

The Garda said insurance policies were being purchased from legitimate companies using false information and then changed before being sold on to customers

Gardaí freeze six bank accounts, arrest man in operation against ‘ghost’ broker scam

“A simple thing like keeping a crime scene secure overnight or for a period of hours mops up at least one garda.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Force hopes for no serious trouble as Christmas season begins in earnest

The Garda Armed Response Unit during an exercise in  Cork recently. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

€130 million bill: 2017 budget for Garda overtime may already have been spent

Operation Hybrid, which tackles the Kinahan-Hutch feud, and Operation C-Port, for security at Dublin Port, are deemed security priorities, and have   been exempted from the current temporary overtime ban. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ban to stay in place until midnight on Sunday, after which 2018 budget will cover costs

The unit focusing on Hutch-Kinahan feud is one of only two exceptions to the overtime ban. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Senior officers told to decommission burglary response units to free up manpower

Seeking cold case review: Terry and Noeleen Delaney, with their grand-daughter Megan Delaney (16), whose father Robert Delaney has been in a permanent vegetative state for nearly 10 years. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Robert Delaney shot in head by IRA-linked gunmen after intervening in row at pub

Terry and Noeleen Delaney, with their granddaughter Megan Delaney (16), whose father Robert Delaney has been in a permanent vegetative state for nearly 10 years. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

As a child, Megan Delaney witnessed her father’s shooting. Nine years later, he remains in a permanent vegetative state, and she i(...)

Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin. File photograph: Collins

Disciplinary action will not be taken against any members, says Garda Commissioner

Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy at the PAC

‘I have other pressing demands on resources across the region,’ senior Garda says

Sgt  Maurice McCabe Garda  on the first day of the Charleton tribunal last June:  “Sgt Maurice McCabe would be buried by now if he had not taped the conversation,” Mick Wallace said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gsoc says it needs more investigators to deal with major investigations now under way

Kieran Creaven: It is alleged he made contact via a Facebook account with a girl in Leeds that he thought was 13 years old

Officers seize devices at home of Kieran Creaven who is charged with sex offences in UK

Kerrie Byrne (3) Mary Ellen Byrne (8) and their aunt Barbara Doyle (20) died in a house fire at Church Lane, Kilcock, Co Kildare on September 20th, 1987.

Mother says the Co Kildare attack, 30 years ago, took her ‘babies and life’s dream’

The RTÉ campus in Donnybrook. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Vigilante group confronts Irish man man on street in Leeds and releases video on Facebook

Gardaí preserve the scene at Shancastle Park in the Clondalkin area following a shooting on Friday night. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Dublin victims wounded in head and abdomen, while Athlone man hit in knee

Images of cash found during the Netherlands search operation have been released.

Irish suspects arrested after Kinahan raids in Amsterdam apartment

The drugs seized from the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and the Special Crime Task Force during searches in Co Meath as part of an ongoing international investigation. Photograph:  An Garda Síochána/PA Wire

After troubled time for Garda, successful operations may rebuild public confidence

Garda at the scene in Ashbourne, Co Meath after a police raid where an estimated multimillion-euro haul of cannabis and cocaine was seized. Photograph:n Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ten arrests after hauls of cocaine and cannabis valued at ‘€15m’ found in Meath and Netherlands

The targets of the operation are a family-based gang that has in the past been involved in the Limerick drugs trade with the McCarthy-Dundon gang.  Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Family has previously been involved in the drugs trade with the McCarthy-Dundons

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