Government published a Bill which would allow gardaí to issue escalating fines to those found breaching Covid-19 regulations.

Cavan has by far the highest coronavirus incidence rate at 1,013, followed by Meath at 652

Professor Philip Nolan of Nphet. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Government fears Nphet will seek new lockdown after Christmas break

Under new measures, those found engaging in non-essential travel more than 5km from home or refusing to wear a face mask in designated areas will likely face fines of up to €500. Gardaí will also have the power to issue €1,000 fines to organisers of house parties. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Power as detterent is overstated and justice system has poor record in recovering fines

One of the motorbikes seized by gardaí during a raid a ‘heavily fortified’ building in Dublin  used by a  motorcycle gang. Photograph: via Criminal Assets Bureau

Crumlin-based gang has close links to Kinahan and Byrne organised crime groups

It is understood there will now be penal provisions attached to travelling outside a 5km radius except in certain circumstances. Photograph: Collins

On-the-spot fines for breaching Government's Covid-19 restrictions will be up to €500 according to legislation going to the Oireac(...)

Garda headquarters has launched an inquiry into the matter.

Garda was awaiting result of test when they attended press conference in Co Kildare

 Detective Superintendent Des McTiernan and Kathleen Bergin, (sister of JoJo Dullard) at media briefing. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The 21-year-old was last seen at a public phone box in Co Kildare in November 1995

The woman was employed by an outside agency and assigned to work at the Midlands Prison when a prisoner attacked her in November 2018.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

FF TD raised details of the incident at a PAC meeting, without the nurse’s knowledge

A criminal trial is to take place at Croke Park stadium next year to comply with Covid-19 social distancing regulations.  File photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho.

Conference facility at stadium to be used for trial of eight men to allow for social distancing

  Journalist turned far-right activist Gemma O’Doherty at protests outside Croke Park during the Eid prayer gathering in July.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

To date no one has been charged with organising a public event during the crisis

Patricia Heffernan outside the Criminal Courts of Justice. ‘There was absolutely no issues around communication.’ Photograph: Laura Hutton

‘The deaf community need to know we’re well able to do whatever everybody else is doing’

Prof Marie Cassidy stands beside her portrait by artist Jack Hickey at the National Gallery in 2018. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Book review: An insight into the vital craft of the State Pathologist – just don’t read it over lunch

Members of the Garda armed support unit  during  training exercise. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Specialist armed support units needed in every division says Garda representative body

An  Army bomb disposal team made safe a pipe-bomb in Drogheda.

Device discovered attached to gas meter outside house in Moneymore

M26 Advanced Taser stun gun. Photograph: Handout/Taser

Data shows increasing trend of using ‘less-than-lethal’ weapons against suspects

Garda training: Many armed gardaí go their entire careers without firing or even drawing their weapons. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Three incidents left suspects injured after gardaí intentionally fired their weapons

Cases of Covid-19 have been linked to 28 meat or poultry plants in the State. File photograph: Getty Images

Almost 1,500 cases of Covid-19 linked to meat plants in year to August, says NPHET

Gardaí have issued an public appeal for anyone with information to come forward, particularly anyone who was in the Lowpark area or the town square between 2pm and 8pm on Saturday. File  photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Girl (15) treated in hospital after incident which took place in Charlestown playground

Armed gardaí   in the north inner city of Dublin. A process is currently under way to withdraw firearms from gardaí who do not require them, mainly detectives not assigned to frontline duty. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

More than quarter were carrying firearms when process began last year

Figures revealed in The Irish Times show that by 2019, 27 per cent of gardaí held firearms authorisation. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Original story of how Garda was established as unarmed force is a matter of contention

The girl has received medical treatment and is to make a statement to gardaí. File photograph: The Irish Times

Incident occurred on Saturday in Charlestown

Former chief State pathologist Prof Marie Cassidy, who retired two years ago. File photograph: Collins Courts

Position has remained unfilled for two years due to ‘worldwide shortage’ in specialists

Spit hoods, or anti-spit guards as they are called by the Garda, are wire and fabric devices which are forcibly placed over the heads of suspects to stop them purposely spitting or coughing on gardaí. File photograph: PA

Wire and fabric devices are put over heads of people to stop them purposely spitting

The outbound N7 dual carriageway at Kingswood, Co Dublin on Monday after a fatal collision between two cars at about 12.20am . Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Gsoc investigates as Passat travelling eratically was spotted by gardaí prior to collision

Analysts have said conditions are ‘good’ in Ireland for the far-right to grow in popularity. Illustration: Paul Scott

The movement is exploiting the Covid-19 crisis to extend its influence – online and on the street

The scene earlier this week  ahead of a planned protest. A detective sergeant has been appointed to investigate the assault on a veteran LGBT+ campaigner, who was attacked during an anti-mask protest outside the Dáil last Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Some activists are believed to be members of the street protest group Generation Identity

Gardaí on the scene at a laneway off Madison Road in Kilmainham, Dublin 8, where the man was found dead. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy/The Irish Times

Victim found dead in the early hours of Monday morning in a Kilmainham lane

Romance fraud involves victims being lured into fake romantic relationships online before being financially exploited. Photograph: iStock

Sources believe ‘many victims’ of large-scale so-called catfishing scam will be discovered

Gardaí at the  scene at  a laneway off Madison Road in Kilmainham, Dublin 8 where a man was found dead. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Boy (16) being questioned about incident in laneway in Kilmainham area of Dublin

Protesters on D’Olier Street in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Demonstration outside Leinster House on Saturday attended by far-right activists

A general view of Seville Place, Dublin 1. Photograph: Google Street View

Jason Kearney (49) died on Saturday morning 10 days after assault at Seville Place

Given the ban on bar counter seating, some small pubs may not be able to guarantee even one metre physical distancing between customers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some pubs could be closed on regional basis if Covid-19 cases spike

Lengthy waiting times for trials have long been a problem for the Irish criminal justice system. The average wait time for a murder or rape trial last year was 14 months, up from 11 months in 2018. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Suspects entitled to fair trial within reasonable timeframe under ECHR ruling in 2010

The woman was brought to Naas Garda station.

Arrests follow report highlighting concerns about procurement in Kildare and Wicklow

There is concern among health officials that people are becoming increasingly fatigued with the restrictions around socialising, particularly the mandatory €9 meal which must be ordered with alcohol. Photograph: iStock

Businesses must ‘make a record of the substantial meal or meals ordered’ by each customer

At the time, prison staff and the Prison Officers Association expressed concerns about how the event might impact efforts to keep the prison system free of Covid-19. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Retirement event took place in canteen of Midlands Prison in Portlaoise on March 27th

Garda representative groups have called on the Commissioner to retain the hoods for the safety of their members. file photograph: Collins

Renewed focus on spit-hood use following suffocation death of man in New York

It is understood over 60 solicitors applied to be considered for the title of Senior Counsel, of which 17 were chosen.

Legal services law abolished stipulation that only barristers could be senior counsels

The Deliveroo cyclist Thiago Cortes who died after he was struck by a car in Dublin on Monday.

Deliveroo cyclist Thiago Cortes died in a hit-and-run collision on North Wall Quays

 Detective Superintendent Michael Cryan & Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Lordan during a Garda media briefing . Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish people are falling victim to cryptocurrency scams in record numbers

Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys thanked employers and workers in every sector for their solidarity and  efforts to suppress the virus.

Sixty two per cent drop in recipients since peak in May

The cause of the fire is unknown and gardaí in Roscrea have launched an investigation. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Gardaí believe man understood to be retired teacher died of smoke inhalation in Roscrea incident

Gardaí are investigating the  death of Darragh Sheehan  who was  found unconscious  outside the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. Photograph: Eye Focus

Deceased was found unconscious outside a hotel in Killarney on Saturday night

The Law Reform Commission noted the sentencing model is not detailed in law and that it also conflicts with case law laid down by the Supreme Court.  Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

Law Reform Commission report defends use of suspended sentences for white-collar crime

Revenue allows users to make reports anonymously and asks for suspects’ car registration details, telephone numbers and evidence of suspected wrongdoing. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Revenue received nearly 6,000 ‘good citizen’ reports in 2019, a figure double that of 2015

Psilocybin, the active agreement in magic mushrooms,  is an illegal drug and its use in the Irish study is heavily regulated by the Health Products Regulatory Authority.

Seven Irish people take psychedelic drug as part of global study into severe depression

Gardaí in south Dublin received several complaints from members of the public about a group of people hanging large banners over the edge of the footbridge on the N11 at Kilmacanogue. Image: Google Maps

The woman, who is aged in her early 50s, was arrested under Public Order Act

Members of the public in Dublin on Friday as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

No further deaths reported but a second case of Covid-19 is identified in prison system

 Phil Hogan, who is to step down as EU trade commissioner. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A guide to the issues and events surrounding the EU commissioner’s move to step down

 Phil Hogan said he was   disappointed news of his driving while on mobile phone was leaked. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

EU Commissioner says he was not a risk to anybody during Irish trip

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

Gardaí, ambulance and fire brigade units were called to scene

 A protester is detained  during an anti-lockdown and anti-facemask protest outside the Custom House over the weekend. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Barrister Una McGurk holds two quasi-judicial roles on State bodies

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris briefed the Government on the incident in which European Commissioner Phil Hogan was stopped by gardaí in Kildare for using his phone while driving. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Force did not issue fine or other punishment after European Commissioner stopped for using phone while driving

Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Internal study for first time details force’s relationship with ethnic minorities

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Sinn Féin leader says event, attended by more than 80 people, was ‘the last straw’

‘Alt-right’ protest in July in Dublin  resulted in scuffles with opposition protestors and the arrival of the Garda public order unit, which was not deployed. Photograph: Alan Betson

Garda public order unit on standby as group and far-right supporters prepare to rally

Paudge Connolly   is a frequent visitor to Spain where he is a member of a golf society based out of McCafferty’s bar in Cabo Roig.

Spain is not on Government’s green list meaning people arriving from there must quarantine for 14 days

 Minister for Agriculture Dara Calleary apologised on Thursday night for attending the function. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Oireachtas Golf Society event was attended by politicians including Phil Hogan and Jerry Buttimer

Gardaí who regularly interact with minorities as part of their work  have more positive views of them compared with gardaí on general duties. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Internal study found no frontline gardaí surveyed had favourable view of Travellers

The study found that gardaí who interacted with Travellers and other ethnic minorities in non-adversarial matters have more positive views of those communities. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Forty per cent of frontline gardaí surveyed said they frequently heard disparaging remarks about Travellers in their workplace

Aaron Brady was found guilty of the capital murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe. File photograph: Collins Courts

Witness heard Brady confess to the murder of Garda Adrian Donohoe

Aaron Brady was found guilty of the capital murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe followed a painstaking investigation by gardaí and a long, complex trial.  File photograph: Collins Courts

Witness would not make statement before consulting with party hierarchy, says lead investigator

The decision to prosecute Aaron Brady before a jury was met with surprise by legal observers   due to the nature of the crime and Brady’s connections to paramilitaries and organised criminals. Photograph: Collins

Decision not to use Special Criminal Court met with surprise

Part of the Royal Canal at Castleknock in Dublin. Photograph: Google Maps

Garda source says they are following line of inquiry but boys unlikely to face charges

Theresa Chimamkpam and Elias Jegede with their belongings after being evicted from Berkeley Road, Dublin, on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Policing Authority head concerned about comments made to vulnerable tenants

Gardaí are investigating an incident in Sallynoggin, Co Dublin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Man in his 20s arrested at the scene after young man hospitalised due to injuries

Dr Ronan Glynn, acting chief medical officer, outlined the new figures. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Reproduction rate of Covid-19 has fallen slightly this week, from 1.8 to 1.6

A photograph of Det Gda Adrian Donohoe at Dundalk Garda Station following his killing   at Lordship credit union, in Bellurgan, near Dundalk, Co Louth, in 2013. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Family man was the 87th member of the force to be killed on duty

Leo Quinlan whose father Pat was the commanding officer at the Battle of Jadotville with veteran Charles Cooley at Trinity College Dublin last year. File photograph: Laura Hutton

Minister will consider any information to support reconsideration of siege survivors’ cases

A man in his 30s who was arrested in connection with the death of another man in a suspected hit-and-run in Tallaght, Dublin on Monday has been released without charge. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Dan Reilly died after being struck by van in suspected hit-and-run early on Monday

Prisoners typically make alcohol in their cells by fermenting large amounts of sugary fruit obtained from the canteen or prison shop.

Authorities uncover 541 litres of illicit alcohol so far this year

The scene in Tallaght on Monday morning. A murder investigation has not been launched but  this may change depending on interviews with the suspect and the results of technical analysis of the scene. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Man in his early 30s in custody after being arrested shortly after incident in Tallaght

Wexford businessman Derek Webb was  subjected to derogatory comments from an  anonymous Twitter  profile, which used the name P O’Neill, a code-name often used by the Provisional IRA to sign statements.

Paul Heffernan used fake profiles to abuse businessmen, politicians and celebrities

Irish Coast Guard director and head of mission for EUCap in Somalia Chris Reynolds (right) speaking with officials in Mogadishu earlier this year ahead of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Corruption and terror are key obstacles to progress in the country for Irish Coast Guard chief

“Gardaí are examining allegations of misconduct in public office in relation to investigations into the seafaring tragedies and the implementation of maritime safety regulation...”

Harris orders investigation into alleged interference with reports on marine casualties

Socially distanced worshippers in Croke Park, Dublin, on the first day of Eid. Photograph: Damien Eagers/PA Wire

Michael D Higgins says event highlights contribution of new Irish communities

The man (52) pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman

‘One day we hope she wakes up and doesn’t remember,’ victim’s daughter tells court

The scene near Dun Laoghaire pier  where Stephanie Ng was assaulted in 2017. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Stephanie Ng had throat slashed in Dún Laoghaire after meeting boy on social media

Pubs are being inspected under Operation Navigation which started on July 3rd. Since then a total of 80 premises have been found in breach of regulations or guidelines. Photograph: iStock

Most violations related to no food being served with alcohol

The scene of the crime on December 24th, 2017, at  Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, where  Stephanie Ng was assaulted. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Court raises minimum term for attempted murder to seven years despite parental testimony

The PC-12 was acquired through a fast-track process to aid in the State’s response to the virus, including transporting Covid-19 tests to Germany when there was not enough HSE capacity. File photograph:

PC-12 aircraft flies longest mission since acquisition in April for €5.2m

McEntee concerned at inmate wellbeing and journal feelings of being ‘lepers’ and ‘pariahs’

Garda use of firearms and stun-guns increased significantly during the Covid-19 lockdown. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Gardaí used tasers 10 times in the second three months of the year to June

Thomas McCarthy was shot dead when he opened the door of his elderly mother’s house in   Croftwood Park, Ballyfermot. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Investigators believe victim returned from UK to intervene in dispute involving family member

Multiple armed and uniformed units were involved in the operation at Loreto Hall, pictured, on Tuesday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Multiple armed units involved in operation on Stephen’s Green on Tuesday afternoon

Fianna Fáil’s  Willie O’Dea: he  said it was “not right and proper that one category of people” should be “singled out for punishment”. Photograph: Getty Images

Government TDs raise concerns after 104 people had their pandemic unemployment payment cut after foreign travel

Gardaí at the scene where a man was shot dead in Croftwood Park, Ballyfermot, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Man (55) shot at home of his mother not believed to have been involved in gangland crime

Gardaí at the scene where a man was shot dead in Croftwood Park, Ballyfermot, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Man (55) was shot to death at the home of his elderly mother on Monday morning

Gardaí at the scene where a man was shot dead in Croftwood Park, Ballyfermot, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Attack appears to have been carefully planned with cars burnt out at two locations

Captain  Charles O’Rourke (retired): “Up until 1960 we were a garrison army. Our whole environment was parades and inspections, and all the routine of barrack life. It was a pretty unexciting thing.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Ambush of Irish patrol in Niemba in November 1960 killed eight soldiers and shocked the nation

The Garda began rolling out the devices to front-line members earlier this year. File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Road safety group urges Garda Gcommissioner to implement technology

Garda forensic officers  on Whitechapel Road in Dublin 15 on Sunday  where the  elderly man was killed. Photograph: Collins

Suspect attacked Peter McDonald (77), then engaged in six-hour stand-off with gardaí

The Criminal Assets Bureau can seize assets in Ireland without a conviction, providing it can prove on the balance of probabilities they resulted from criminal activity. File photograph: An Garda Síochána

Criminal Assets Bureau to go after wealth of Irish criminals or foreign gangs in Ireland

The company said that ‘all personnel on site have been asked to contact their GPs to undergo testing.’ File photograph: Bloomberg

South Great George’s Street location run by Elliott Group closes after worker tests positive

Gardaí said the seizures show the merits of members of Cab working with Garda Asset Profilers and local investigating teams.

Cab officers were granted orders under proceeds of crime legislation at High Court

Irish security sources said a vote on Irish unification would be an ideal target for Russian intelligence’s attempts to sow discord. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland is a ‘prime target’ for disinformation campaigns, ex-military intelligence boss says

Chief Justice Frank Clarke said last year ‘seems like a different time’ and will serve as a benchmark for how the courts operated before the coronavirus pandemic. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Over 60% of rapists receive over 10 years, according to Courts Service 2019 report

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee arrives at Dublin Castle for a Cabinet meeting on  Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Other reforms include allowing convicted criminals to be sentenced over video-link

 Gardai check motorists destinations and reasons for travelling at a Garda Checkpoint on the N11  Dublin in March.  Photograph: Bryan O Brien / The Irish Times

Policing Authority said the force averted possible domestic homicides by intervening in time

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