James MacGuill said he was owed at least €240,000 from one case as well as €95,000 in various legal aid fees earned so far in 2019. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Solicitor says he is stuck in ‘catch 22’ due to inability to receive legal aid payments

The  gardaí and the Defence Forces’ Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit attend an incident near Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Collins

Suspect device near Christ Church Cathedral found to be flower and firework in envelope

Gardaí and the Defence Forces’ Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit seal off the area around Christchurch cathedral in Dublin city centre on Monday. Photograph: Collins

Emergency services alerted after smoke seen coming from a bin by the Cathedral’s railings

The military and the Garda’s intelligence wing plan to use a large increase in the secret service budget to reactivate old paramilitary sources ahead of Brexit. File photograph: iStock

Increase in the secret service vote to be used to fund sensitive operations amid UK’s exit

Gardaí have told waste company Beauparc that cash sales “are acting like seed capital for organised criminal gangs”, the company said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

State’s largest waste firm says workers too afraid to give evidence against gangs

Ireland should bring Islamic State supporter Lisa Smith (pictured) home to study how an Irish soldier can be turned into an Islamic extremist, a leading counter-terrorism expert has said. Photograph: BBC.

Terrorism expert says questions remain how Irish soldier became Islamic extremist

Marc Power, from Coolock, north Dublin, was lured to the assault on Tuesday night by what he believes to have been a fake profile on the gay dating app Grindr. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Attackers beat Marc Powers with weapons and called him a ‘f****t’

Lisa Smith. Photograph: BBC

Dundalk woman and her child are believed to be in custody of Turkish-backed militia

Senator Michael McDowell has spoken out against the prosecution of a British soldier for murder on Bloody Sunday 47 years ago. Photograph: Collins Courts

Man is due to go on trial in 2020 for murder of two men and attempted murder of four others

The audit planned by the Department of Foreign Affairs is scheduled to begin later this month. Photograph: Frank Miller

Audit to examine oversight procedures board governance and fraud-reporting systems

There have been several recent high-profile incidents of racism  including online death threats made against   Fiona Ryan and Jon Mathis, who appeared in a Lidl advert. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Vacuum being filled with far-right ‘infiltrators’, particularly online, says McMahon

Mr Justice Bryan McMahon said he did not see any immediate alternatives to the direct provision system. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Oughterard locals ‘used’ by outside elements pursuing political agenda, retired judge says

Gardai investigated  a series of insurance claims relating to injuries suffered in slips and falls which were suspected to be false. Stock photograph: iStock

More than 20 allegedly false claims lodged; Officers investigate slip and fall cases

The Law Society is conducting a review of a Whatsapp group run by students called ‘Tits and Filth’. Photograph:  Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Reuters/File Photo

Law Society says content of group raised ‘profound ethical concerns’

Lisa Smith. Photograph: BBC

Irish Isis supporter likely moved from Ain Issa camp after Turkish planes bombed area

Gardaí have taken possession of the man’s vehicle for forensic testing, including DNA testing. File Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA Wire

Woman made formal criminal complaint to gardaí in Dublin on Saturday

The Dóchas Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Big rise in numbers in past two years ‘definitely linked with housing’

Mosney refugee reception centre in county Meath.

UN concerned over time it takes to process cases and numbers in emergency housing

The Defence Forces’ Ordnance Corps at Casement Aerodrome in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

You must learn to control a robot, think like a terrorist and outwit bomb-makers

Conor McGregor arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice  on Dublin’s Parkgate Street on Friday. Photograph: Collins

Mixed martial arts fighter is remanded on continuing bail until November 1st

Experts believe Ireland is particularly vulnerable to international cyber attacks due to the concentration of international technology firms here and the ‘thinly resourced’ cybersecurity infrastructure. Photograph: iStock

Department of Communications denies move is a step towards full Nato membership

Dundalk woman Lisa Smith. File photograph: BBC screengrab

Dundalk woman who travelled to join Islamic State is currently held in Syria

Garda Commissioner Drew  Harris sought to allay fears that the divisional changes will see decision-making and resources concentrated in the new divisional headquarters. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cork, Dublin South Central, Meath-Westmeath, Galway and Limerick face change

Five pipe bombs were defused by army bomb disposal experts in Edenderry, Co Offaly. File photograph

Army bomb squad defused devices in Edenderry during two hour operation

Members of Action Lariam for Irish Soldiers protesting outside the Dáil in 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Many new claims relate to anti-malarial drug Lariam – nearly 120 claims lodged in 2018

 Assistant Garda Commissioner John O’Driscoll: ‘We find that if we tackle a gang in one region they sometimes move to another.’  File image: Gareth Chaney Collins

Residential burglaries can increase by up to 23 per cent in winter, according to research

Garda management has been informed no supplementary budget will be provided this year to cover overruns. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Longer budgets would allow Garda Commissioner to make ‘more effective plans’

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris at a meeting with the Policing Authority. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Justice vote increased by €120m, including €10m extra for direct provision

A commissioning ceremony for Army officers at the Defence Forces Training Centre in the Curragh Camp, Co Kildare. File photograph: Alan Betson

Almost half of €32m increase already committed to cover pay rises and allowances

A teenager  pleaded guilty to attempting to murder Stephanie  Ng on December 23rd, 2017 at the seafront, Queen’s Road, Dún Laoghaire. File Image: Google Streetview.

Teen’s mother says youth turned away from psychiatric facility before Dún Laoghaire attack

The Ilac centre in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Victim, who was aged in her 40s, suffered fatal injuries in Sunday morning incident

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris noted that recently released crime figures show a significant increase in sexual offences. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Range of cutbacks introduced, including overtime ban

Commissioner Drew Harris, who was formerly deputy chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, was appointed in September 2018. File photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Over half of people believe force is well managed, survey on gardaí finds

Oberstown Children Detention Campus in Malheney,  Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Rate is double that of Travellers in adult prisons, says Irish Prison Service

The use of solitary confinement in Oberstown, known as “single separation”, has dropped dramatically. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Management of child detention facility put the increase down to ‘better reporting’

Damien Hernan, deputy director at Oberstown, which is home to some of Ireland’s most troubled  children. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Residents are not offenders, but ‘young people in conflict with the law’, says deputy director

This was the fourth version of the Commanders Counter Marauding Terrorist Attack course   put on by the Defence Forces Ordnance School. Photograph: Tom Honan

Defence Forces course targets capability of scene commanders in event of attack

Working on child sex cases makes prosecutors “hyper-vigilant” for their own children.  Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

Secondary trauma studies reveal effect of child sex crimes on professionals’ trust

Nearly 60% of legal staff surveyed in the office of the DPP are suffering from medium to high levels of trauma. File photograph: Getty Images

Study finds abuse cases and road deaths are causing high levels of distress for office’s staff

The Toyota Hi Lux Q Cab vehicle  seized by the  Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab) on Friday following a series of raids targeting a west Dublin family-based gang. Photograph: An Garda via Facebook

Two high-end vehicles seized in raids targeting a west Dublin family-based gang

Victim strangled or otherwise made unable to breath in a quarter of cases, study shows

An Air Corps aviator plots a course for the Emergency Aeromedical Service helicopter. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Staffing levels to blame for decline in Defence Forces service, officers conference hears

An officer based in Cathal Brugha barracks  said he faces spending another  year separated from his wife because there is no available space in the married quarters on the base. Photograph: Dave Meehan

No fresh water and rat droppings on floor are among the complaints voiced about facilities

The garda appears in the video wearing a garda stab vest over his bare chest while drinking a can of cider. He appears to put on a mock Traveller accent and makes reference to domestic abuse.

Garda and staff member of Dublin Fire Brigade who also took part in video suspended

Filew photograph Minister with responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe with Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett  (on left of Minister). Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Criticism by defence forces personnel of Paul Kehoe has increased markedly in recent months

A Hyde & Seek spokes said the company took immediate steps to address the issues raised in the RTÉ Investigates  programme. File photograph: Collins

Officials reviewing and editing hours of footage supplied to them by RTÉ Investigates

Gardaí  conduct a search in the townland of Drumbad, near Ballinagh in Co Cavan, for evidence in relation to the abduction and assault of Kevin Lunney. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Team recovers CCTV it believes shows attacker buying bleach used to clean scene

At least one-third of Oberstown detainees have lost one or both parents through separation or death, according to official figures. File photograph: Getty

Independent review of Oberstown Le Chéile programme provides a ‘lifeline’ to parents

Kevin Lunney: senior executive with Quinn Industrial Holdings  was brutally attacked after he was snatched on his way to his home in Derryline, Co Fermanagh. Photograph: PA

Searches continue in Cavan as gardaí identify container inside which businessman may have been attacked

Oughterard campaign leaders say the help of the far-right is not welcome.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Anti-immigrant activists trying to dominate and exploit local debates on direct provision

About 100 of the some 400 sex offenders in Irish prisons currently deny committing any crime or are appealing their case. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Funding sought for scheme that will not require offenders to talk about crime

Raco estimates if the 10.3 per cent turnover rate is maintained the Defence Forces will never return to full strength and will result in the number of personnel dropping to about 7,500 by 2030. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Turn-over rate is much higher than Government figures, says military officers group

The child, Mary*, and her sister Claire*, were “failed consistently” by the State, while in the foster care of their grandparents in a rural area, from 2000 to 2014, an independent review found. Illustrative photograph: Getty

Minister for Children referred case to gardaí in 2018 following whistleblower disclosure

 Charlie Flanagan  and Dr Katherine Zappone at  the Barnahus, Onehouse Galway pilot project. Photograph: Fennell Photography

Barnahus, Onehouse Galway brings gardaí, forensics, social workers and therapists under one roof

A campaign to stop the potential opening of a direct provision centre in Oughterard, Co Galway . File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Charlie Flanagan says no decision has been made and tensions ‘a matter of real regret’

‘I could see her in court. She looked quite frightened. I didn’t want her to go to jail.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Man attacked by 17-year-old girl gives his view on restorative justice programme

Photograph: iStock

Use of restorative justice for young offenders has fallen 50 per cent since 2014

Irish Army Rangers on patrol in Chad in 2008. File photograph: Conor Lally.

State invites tender for safety and protection role from global private security firms

Money was allegedly taken from a lost wallet handed in by a member of the public

The Garda Inspectorate is to carry out a wide-ranging inspection of how people are treated in garda custody.

Garda Inspectorate to focus in particular on handling of children and vulnerable adults

Gardaí carrying out speed checks in Co Monaghan stopped a man carrying four handguns as well as ammunition.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Man in his 30s is detained under anti-terrorism legislation following the discovery

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal shooting in Clogherhead, Co Louth. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Locals express shock over incident saying incident ‘is bringing unwanted attention’

Protests have taken place outside the GPO in Dublin since May. File photograph: Eric Luke

Student believed to be a Chinese national has made threats to kill the Dublin protesters

The survey found that teenagers, particularly girls, who reported feeling romantic love towards both genders are the most likely to drink, smoke cigarettes and use cannabis. File photograph: Getty

Wide-ranging study runs rule over responses from 15,000 15-year-olds in eight countries

The LÉ Samuel Beckett passes Cobh on the way back to  Haulbowline after operations  in  the Mediterranean. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

System for launching small craft found to be in bad repair

A large security presence outside the Special Criminal Court in Dublin earlier this year. In 2016, when the second Special Criminal Court began operation, its judges dealt with 60 offences or alleged offences. That dropped to 54 in 2017 and 51 last year. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Caseload has decreased every year since the controversial court was established

Applicants for the post of deputy commissioner must have a policing background and have held the rank of assistant commissioner or equivalent. File photograph: Frank Miller

Applications for the post from outside the Garda will be considered

Minister fo Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said she was concerned with the recent rise in anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Josepha Madigan concerned with recent rise in anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric

Police and army bomb disposal experts at Shandon Park Golf Club in east Belfast after a bomb was found under a car in the car park in June. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Men detained in connection with discovery of bomb under car in Shandon Park, Belfast

Legal experts have raised concerns about proposals by Minister for Transport Shane Ross for graduated speeding penalties. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Attorney General and Minister for Justice had already raised concerns about the plans

PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin speaks to the media in Belfast on Monday. Photograph:  Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Bulk of PSNI focus likely to fall on New IRA which is regarded as most dangerous group

In the early hours of August 14th, Gardaí intervened in an attempted ATM robbery in Virginia, Co Cavan. Photograph: Garda press office

Another man being treated in hospital under garda supervision after incident in Virginia

Tom Humphries attending his 2017 trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Former sports writer received a 2½-year sentence for grooming and sexually abusing girl

Nora Quoirin's father Seabastien and mother Meabh at a press conference during the search for their daughter. Photograph: Royal Malaysia Police/Handout via Reuters

‘We are hoping that soon we will have more answers to our many questions’

 Grenadier Guards Captain Robert Nairac talking to children in the Ardoyne area of Belfast in 1977.  Photograph: PA Wire

‘The subsurface was pristine. It was never a gravesite,’ says leading site investigator

The scene in Virginia, Co Cavan, where two men were arrested in connection with an attempted ATM theft. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Gardaí arrest three suspects after gang tried to rip ATM from wall using stolen digger

Portlaoise Prison’s A block houses some of the country’s most dangerous murderers and gangland figures, including several members of the Kinahan crime faction. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Female inmates must ‘go without’ sanitary products at times, internal report states

Proponents of CBD say it helps with anxiety, inflammation, pain and a host of other ailments. Photograph: Getty

Confusion is widespread among sellers and consumers about the legality of product

In June the head of the Naval Service announced the LÉ Eithne and another ship were being put into operational reserve until personnel could be found to adequately man them.

Large guns must be stripped down for maintenance every three months

An announcement last June that the LÉ Eithne and the LÉ Orla, above, were being taken out of active service due to personnel shortages caused considerable anger among Defence Forces personnel

Papers detail efforts by officials to prepare Minister Paul Keogh for media questions

Grenadier Guards Captain Robert Nairac. Photograph: PA Wire

Ex-soldier and film-maker who hired cadaver dogs to find body alerted Garda to location

Nuala Johnson with her daughter Rebecca arrive at the funeral of Richard  Johnson. at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Richard Johnson was unstinting in his support for judicial independence, funeral hears

Dr Bassam Naser: Letters describe him as ‘literally a hero’, ‘unlike anyone I have ever known’ and ‘a vital part of the community’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Documents shows public displeasure at jailing of Sutton GP Dr Bassam Naser for tax evasion

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: correspondence, comprising some 80 messages, seems to reflect a public perception that crime is getting worse and judges are too easy on repeat offenders. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Majority of messages received by department seek harsher punishment of criminals

AGSI general secretary, Inspector John Jacob, handed in his notice to Garda headquarters last week. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

NBCI investigating claims inspector worked as security consultant for Coolmore Stud

Gardaí have referred several people for prosecution for publicly identifying the two boys convicted in June of the murder of teenager Ana Kriégel (pictured).

Files sent to DPP over publication of names and images of minors known as Boy A and Boy B

Courtown Harbour, Co Wexford. A group of young males from Kilkenny are the chief suspects in the alleged sexual attack. Photograph: Frank Miller

Potential eye-witnesses giving investigators muddled or incomplete accounts of the night

Gardaí attempted to stop a car containing two suspects on Cuffe Street, beside St Stephens Green just before midnight on Wednesday. File photograph: Getty Images

Footage shows garda being dragged by car

The boy got the idea for the attack when he was out shopping with his father and realised “anyone could buy a knife”, the Central Criminal Court heard. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Boy continues to pose mortal danger to himself and others, child psychiatrist says

A view along the seafront at Queen’s Road, Dún Laoghaire. Image: Google Maps

Boy later said he was remorseful and called attack ‘cruel, demonic and evil’

General view of Courtown Harbour in Co Wexford. Photograph: Google Street.

Garda sources say group of youths from Kilkenny are chief suspects in incident

An alleged US cocaine dealer f  has asked the Criminal Assets Bureau to donate the money it seized from him 19 years ago to charity. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ex-Dell Computers employee imported high-quality cocaine, court papers claim

Imam Ibrahim Noonan inpsects the damage at Maryam Mosque, Ballybane, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Imam Noonan was warned that a group was planning an attack on the mosque

Love Island winners Greg O’Shea and Amber Gill. Photograph: ITV/Twitter

Irish rugby player and model from Newcastle beat three other couples in the final

The dildo, which is  believed to have been owned by a wealthy Anglo-Irish household, challenges myths about Irish people being repressed, says Shawna Scott.

Antique dildo - believed to be the same sold in 2017 for €3,200 - is purchased for a fifth of the price

Keith Byrne with his wife Keren. The Cork man remains optimistic that his status in the US could be normalised.

Irish man was scared by arrest in US but remains hopeful of avoiding deportation

The sawn-off shotgun gardaí recovered from Ballymun. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

No one injured in incident and gardaí recover sawn-off shotgun from Dublin street

Crowds attending the 2019 Fortnite World Cup Finals  at Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York City.  Photograph: Getty Images

Best of 40m competitors worldwide face off at e-sports tournament in New York

An allegation of assault on a girl at one of the Hyde & Seek creches was made to gardaí  in recent weeks.

Complaint was made around two weeks ago and predates the RTÉ Investigates broadcast

The inquiry report was reviewed by the Attorney General, who cleared it for publication. Photograph: Getty Images

Staff exceeded remit and engaged in unacceptable practices, Minister for Justice says

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