An Garda Síochána has stressed that the coronavirus crisis will not affect its ability to respond to domestic violence calls. File photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

If both parties agree, orders on visitation and maintenance can be altered

The country is facing a crucial period when hospitals needed to focus fully on the impending “surge” of patients infected with the Covid19 disease coming into hospitals, Liz O’Donnell said. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Gardaí, medics and Minister for Transport concerned at increase in road deaths

The majority of the State’s most vulnerable prisoners will remain in custody due to the nature of their offending. File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Most at-risk elderly inmates, some in their 80s, are serving sentences for sex crimes

A Waterford city tanning salon which suggested that the use of sunbeds could help to kill the coronavirus has been closed down by gardaí. File photograph: Getty.

Miami Tanning Waterford stayed open amid State restrictions, which it linked to installing ‘5G road lamps’

Detective Chief Paula Hilman will become the second PSNI officer to take up a senior role in the Garda when she takes up the post of assistant commissioner later this year. Photograph: Frank Miller

PSNI’s Paula Hilman one of three new assistant commissioners

Defence Force members have helped set up testing centres and officer cadets have been taken out of training and tasked with helping to trace the contacts of those infected with Covid-19. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Retired technicians, fire-fighters and logisticians are being asked to rejoin

‘An Garda Síochána takes the safety of the public and the safety of its members very seriously and is engaging with the staff representative associations on a daily basis.’ Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Force to deploy 16,000 hoods, criticised by human rights groups, to cover suspects’ faces

Minister for Health Simon Harris pictured with  the new public information booklet at Government Buildings on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Gardaí receive several reports of people coughing on elderly as part of social media ‘challenge’

There are only four jury trials ongoing in the State, all of which started before the coronavirus outbreak became a crisis. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

A junior counsel is clad in face mask and gloves ... the first sartorial update since 1685

Members of the Defence Forces set up tents on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin  alongside the LÉ Samuel Beckett as a coronavirus testing centre in recent days. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Varadkar says emergency legislation to be tabled to allow retired personnel to rejoin

Gardaí observe a socially distanced queue in the car park at the Woodie’s store in Glasnevin, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Further prison restrictions announced to stem spread of Covid-19 virus

Despite reports of burglars targeting unoccupied pubs,  Garda said it had not seen an uptick in such incidents but that it was monitoring the situation. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Gardaí welcome new shift patterns and support from public

Gardaí shut down the party using their existing public order powers. File image:  Frank Miller /	The Irish Times

Crowd dispersed at birthday party in Longford to due to ‘public health’ concerns

Gardaí say they are not seeking any more suspects in connection to the assault. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Two men (20s) remain in hospital following incident in Ballinasloe on Sunday evening

Members of the Defence Forces are subject to both military and civilian law. Military offences are dealt with through a separate courts system operated by the Defence Forces where the punishments can be much tougher. File photograph: Alan Betson

Thirteen face charges including assault and mistreatment while nine bring appeals

Chief Justice Mr Justice Frank Clarke. File photograph: Mary Browne

Some trials place ‘impermissible burden’ on jurors says Chief Justice

The risk of jury intimidation is often cited in support of retaining the non-jury Special Criminal Court.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

One judge recalls jury members being bribed

Garda has appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact Salthill station. Photograph: Frank Miller

Róisín Hession (16) killed when car hit wall in Galway

Retired Garda assistant commissioner John O’Mahony said the force ‘has never had an issue with oversight’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Conference told about importance of Garda intelligence


‘Physicality of what they were trying to do overwhelmed many,’ says top training officer

An Air Corps helicopter in Co Wicklow. The State would need about 16 jet fighters  to implement a full air defence capability, an expert has said. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Former Air Corps head calls for ‘realism’ in discussion on State’s ability to defend airspace

Graham Dwyer murdered   social care worker Elaine O’Hara in 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda source describes decision as among worst possible outcome for such inquiries

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has signed off on early retirement packages for 36 senior members of the force. Photograph: Tom Honan/ The Irish Times

Assistant Commissioner and executive director among those taking package

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said it was the view of the force that the IRA Provisional Army Council oversees both the IRA and Sinn Féin. File photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Official reports about organisation and army council have produced different results

The Marian Hostel in Tullamore, which is due to become a direct provision centre for refugees and asylum seekers. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

‘I would be very against it,’ says elderly woman bringing her shopping home

Charlestown Shopping Centre. Photograph: Tony Healy

Man arrested in Charlestown Shopping Centre after young woman was threatened

Gardaí remove the vehicle in which  Wayne Whelan was shot and killed in Lucan. Photograph: Collins

Wayne Whelan’s body found in burning car in Lucan last November

Gardaí are investigating the suspected theft of Aer Lingus jet fuel at Dublin Airport. File photograph: Artur Widak/PA Wire

Two airline employees are suspected of stealing up to €10,000 worth of Aer Lingus fuel

In Ireland, there is a backlog of more than  two years in examining devices suspected to contain abuse imagery. Photograph: iStock

Network analysis used to cause maximum damage to forums with fewer resources

Two other men have already been charged in relation to Wayne Whelan’s death.

Two other males already charged in relation to gun killing last year

Cash and drugs haul seized by Garda in 2018. Photograph: PA

Three crimes incur mandatory terms, murder, firearms possession and drug dealing

Cocaine seized by the Garda following a search in 2019.

New figures suggest that judges have become more punitive on such offenders since 2011

Main corridor in the  National Violence Reduction Unit,   Midlands Prison, Portlaoise. Photograph:  Colin Keegan

‘Tiny number’ of inmates reach violence threshold for admission to NVRU in Portlaoise

Britain’s eavesdropping and security agency, GCHQ, in Cheltenham. Photograph: Reuters

GCHQ intercepted ‘everything’ related to Anglo-Irish Agreement, ex-diplomats say

People falling for romance  scams are not necessarily gullible, gardaí said. Photograph:  Arun Sankar/Getty

One woman handed over €62,000 to man she met on dating site

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: many anticipated the impact of the commemorations on Fine Gael’s election chances. Photograph:  Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

More than 200 messages varied from polite advice to borderline racist abuse

The CIA’s knowledge of the inner workings of Crypto AG equipment allowed it to easily intercept and decode diplomatic cables, the classified documents stated. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Equipment gave American agency, British government access encrypted messages

One of the best performers from the far-right milieu was Gemma O’Doherty who took 1.97 per cent of the vote in Fingal. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

O’Doherty, Waters and Gilroy flounder but some immigration critics secure election

Paul Kehoe. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Wexford – Elected 11th count

Former Army Ranger Wing commander Dr Cathal Berry  (pictured in Chad in 2008) left the Defence Forces last year to campaign for better pay and conditions for members.

Dr Cathal Berry, who left the Defence Forces last year, was elected as an Independent TD in Kildare South

Verona Murphy. Photograph: Fran Veale

Wexford – Elected 11th count

Johnny Mythen of Sinn Féin

Wexford candidate elected on the first count

Speech and language therapists must be registered with Coru in order to practice, similar to the requirement that doctors be registered with the Medical Council or solicitors with the Law Society. Photograph:  iStock

Women accused of claiming to be speech and occupational therapists

Brendan Howlin Labour Party leader said Sinn Féin is the real winner of the election and they must engage with the other parties to form a Government. Photograph: Garrett White / Collins Agency

It has been ‘a bad day for Labour’, Brendan Howlin concedes

Verona  Murphy was deselected as a Fine Gael candidate last year following controversial comments about immigrants during November’s byelection campaign. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Count complete as Fine Gael’s Paul Kehoe and Fianna Fáil’s James Brown win seats

The Department of Justice on St Stephens Green. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Organised crime and terrorism continue to pose challenges, says secretary general

‘Survivors must be treated with dignity and respect throughout any investigative or reporting process,’ said Clíona Saidléar, executive director of the Rape Crisis Network Ireland. Photograph: Getty

New guidelines allowing accused to question complainant a product of ‘imperfect’ laws

The court heard, and the judge agreed, that the woman  received the video ‘innocently’ from a man she knew only by his first name.  Photograph: iStock

Conviction of woman sent video depicting rape of child raises questions of responsibility

Some of the guns seized by gardaí at a site off  the Naas Road in Rathcoole, Co Dublin.

More than €2.3 million in cash and drugs recovered during four separate raids

ComReg wants a mechanism for sharing and accessing national security intelligence “in a controlled way” and “particularly among State agencies”.

ComReg warns 5G technology increases Ireland’s exposure to cyber attacks

Pilot shortages mean Lieut Cols must  regularly fly missions despite the decreased number of operations. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Emergency Aeromedical Service cut back last year to ease staffing pressures

An LÉ Ciara deployment was delayed for three days recently because it could not find the minimum number of sailors required.

Manpower crisis is affecting service’s ability to tackle drug smuggling, says officers’ group

Andrew McGinley pictured with his three children Conor (9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3). Rathcoole Football Club has close links to the McGinley family and its members have been deeply affected by the deaths of the children. Photograph: Family Handout/PA Wire

Rathcoole Football Club offering counselling service to those who knew Conor, Darragh, and Carla

Deirdre Morley (43) of Parson’s Court, Newcastle, south west Dublin is charged with three counts of murder at her home on Friday, January 25th, 2020. Handout photograph: Andrew McGinley/Garda

Deirdre Morley made no reply when charged with the three counts of murder

Aaron Brady has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe on January 25th, 2013 at Lordship Credit Union, Bellurgan, Co Louth. Photograph: Collins.

Trial of Aaron Brady told detective died instantly after being shot outside credit union

Aaron Brady (28)  from New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh had also denied a charge of robbing approximately €7,000 in cash and assorted cheques. File photograph: Collins

Aaron Brady has pleaded not guilty to murder at Lordship Credit Union in Co Louth

Conor (9), Carla (3) and Darragh McGinley (7) with their father Andrew McGinley. The children were found dead in a house in Co Dublin on Friday night. Handout photograph: Andrew McGinley/An Garda Síochána.

Conor (9) and Darragh McGinley (7) found dead with their sister Carla (3) in Dublin on Friday

Cathal Berry is contesting the newly-enlarged Kildare South constituency. Photograph: Michael Donnelly.

Former Defence Forces commandant Cathal Berry is targeting a seat in Kildare South

The training programme  is aimed at reducing the workload of the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau, which is dealing with increasing volumes of digital devices that require analysis. Photograph: iStock

‘First responder’ gardaí will be trained to identify and seize digital evidence

The purity of cocaine at street level is also increasing as users become more discerning, the leader of the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre said. Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

Increased demand is driving rise in seizures, ex-garda leading international agency says

Gardaí search an area around a house at Rathmullen Park in Drogheda on Thursday in relation to the murder of Keane Mulready-Woods. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Garda appeals for public to stop sharing ‘fake’ material circulating on social media

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

‘Best scrambler rider in Drogheda’ lured into petty offending by promises of local criminals

 Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald outside Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Mary Lou McDonald flags party’s housing plans as she criticises FG, FF and RTÉ

Internet forums were the most common method for sharing child abuse imagery, accounting for 35 per cent of reports. Photograph: iStock

Six per cent of images depict torture or bestiality

Fears James Hillis (40) may have been kidnapped in South American country

In some cases involving high levels of encryption, the Garda sends devices to a foreign company.

Forensic analysis of encrypted and damaged devices stymied by scientific limitations

Cathal Berry, former second in command of the Army Ranger Wing, photographed in Chad in 2008.

Cathal Berry to run as Independent in Kildare South on pro-Defence Forces platform

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said under the Fine Gael Government the number of new homes being built has trebled but acknowledged ‘we haven’t done enough on housing’. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach says reports that woman was ‘put on the streets by hospital’ were inaccurate

Chief Justice Frank Clarke said in his letter that ‘certain measures of recent Polish legislation have failed to fulfil the fundamental obligation to respect the independence of the Judiciary.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

Irish judiciary will be represented at Warsaw protest against Polish government intrusion

Officials have already started moving residents from Mount Trenchard in Foynes to a direct provision centre in Ennis, Co Clare. File photograph: Brian Gavin

Mount Trenchard in Foynes was described as ‘open air prison’ in recent report

Protesters rallied in support of the Polish judiciary in December 2019. Judges from across Europe will take part in a silent protest in Warsaw on January 11th. Photograph: Krystian Dobuszynski/NurPhoto via Getty

Association of Judges of Ireland will join protest in Warsaw against ‘threats’ to rule of law

The report noted that the prisoner had gone unchecked for two periods of over 2 hours on the night when he should have been checked hourly in accordance with operating procedures. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Inspector calls for ‘zero tolerance’ approach following report into death of inmate

Martin Gallagher blew kisses to supporters in court. Photograph: Facebook.

Martin Gallagher charged with the attempted abduction and assault causing harm

The man is due to appear in court on Thursday morning charged in relation to the incident.  File image: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The man was rearrested on Wednesday evening after being released earlier

Investigators from Cabra and Blanchardstown Garda stations believe the man attempted to kidnap the woman on Monday morning following a night of drug-taking. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Suspect (20) released after being held for almost 24 hours in relation to Cabra incident

Lisa Smith arriving to the Dublin District Court on Wednesday.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Dundalk woman facing charges related to alleged membership of Islamic State

A march in Warsaw on Saturday protesting against the country’s court reforms will see Supreme Court judge Mr Justice John MacMenamin carrying a letter of support from Chief Justice Frank Clarke (above). Photograph: Collins

Irish Supreme Court judge to take part in Warsaw march

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

Mr Justice John McMenamin:  will march in full robes with Polish and European colleagues at the protest against curbs on the Polish legal system.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Mr Justice John MacMenamin will join ‘silent' protest in Warsaw against reforms by PiS party

Up to 700 online child abuse investigations have been put on hold while gardaí await clarification of data protection issues. Stock photograph: Getty

Resource and data issues leave perpetrator at large – and child vulnerable to further abuse

Some children remain at risk from parents or carers who are suspected of possessing illegal material, known in the legislation as “child pornography”, but who can’t be arrested because their electronic devices have yet to be analysed. File photograph: Getty

Cases taking up to 10 years as technological and data issues impede prosecutions

Number of men arrested and imitation firearms seized during incident in Clonee

Verbal abuse and threats are the most common forms of elder abuse seen in the family courts. Photograph: iStock

Mothers more likely to be victims, in family court cases including violence and threats

The teenager was stabbed in a laneway connecting Thorndale Estate and St David’s Sports Grounds in Artane. Photograph: Google Maps

Up to 20 youths involved in fight in north Dublin suburb, leaving male (18) with severe injuries to hand

Probation Service’s outgoing director Vivian Geiran: ‘Research everywhere shows that people who go to jail for short sentences have the highest recidivism rate.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Vivian Geiran says he is also concerned at the rise in short prison terms being handed down

Ana Kriégel’s body   was found in an abandoned farmhouse in Lucan, Co Dublin, in May 2018. Photograph: Family handout/PA

Year in Review: Geraldine and Patric Kriégel’s grief was played out in the public eye

Video shows a child in pyjamas with a soother in his mouth on a  small off-road motorbike crashing into a lamppost. Photograph: Getty

Several serious incidents involving off-road motorbikes reported over Christmas

Suspected stolen bicycles found in a container in south Dublin. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Over 110 high-end bicycles are discovered during raid on shipping container

The Supreme Court also reaffirmed that ‘plea bargaining’ has no ‘place in our constitutional architecture’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

DPP did not appeal sentence for 2010 crime, though it fell ‘markedly’ outside precedents

Lisa Smith in 2008, when she was a member of the Irish Defence Forces. File photograph: Collins

Issues surrounding €5,000 bail surety for her release continued on Monday

Gsoc officials are increasingly unhappy that they often have to learn about incidents of alleged garda misconduct through the media. Photograph: The Irish Times

Gsoc obliged to notify Garda of every investigation it launches into member of force

The man due before the courts on Monday is the second person to be charged in relation to the operation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Gardaí received intelligence a faction planned to shoot dead a rival criminal

The volume and purity of cocaine coming from countries such as Columbia has increased dramatically in recent years, according to Europol. Photograph: iStock

International network to expand to meet evolving nature of organised crime

So far Ireland has taken 3,151 people under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme. Most of these (1,985) are people fleeing Syria who have already been designated refugees by the UN. Photograph: Getty Images

Special flights are part of State’s 2015 commitment to resettle 4,000 refugees

In her annual report for 2018, the Inspector of Prisons, Patricia Gilheaney, identified a number of serious problems in the country’s 13 prisons.

Office of the Inspector of Prisons an immature organisation, external report says

Gardaí are generally entitled to a pension of half of final salary plus a lump sum of 150 per cent final salary after 30 years of service. File photograph: Getty

Restructuring initiative will see the abolition of 30 senior posts

Patricia Gilheaney, Inspector of Prisons. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Inspector outlines serious failings in system in tour of country’s 13 prisons

Replacement Military Intel pic

Programme is designed to alert authorities at an early stage about terror attack plans

Public perceptions of the Garda are continuing to improve according to the latest survey by the force, with over 80 per cent saying they are satisfied with its performance.

Significant decrease in victim satisfaction

Man arrested in Dublin released without charge

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