Gardaí at a premises on the Ratoath Road, Finglas, on Tuesday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Intelligence-led operation supported by Garda helicopter, dog unit and water unit

A basketball court in the Oberstown Children’s Detention Centre. Photograph:   Fennells

Boys will be held at Oberstown pending sentencing, a facility for detaining under 18s

Valerie Kilroy (41) was killed at her home at Kilbree Lower, Co Mayo

Postmortem carried out on body of 41-year-old Valerie Kilroy

The Garda Inspectorate is a Garda oversight body and iIt examines areas of policing practice and recommends reforms on the basis of its findings.

Oversight body examining how force polices border with North and also domestic abuse

Gardaí investigating the fatal stabbing of a homeless man on O’Connell Street in Dublin have identified the victim as Peter Donnelly, who was originally from Kilkenny.

Suspect arrested 15 minutes after fatal altercation which was recorded on CCTV

Irish Army Ranger wing on patrol in Chad in 2008. Photograph: Conor Lally

Elite unit will be sent to the world’s most dangerous UN mission

 VW Golf GTI seized by Cab officers during a raid in Dublin. Photograph: An Garda via Facebook

Armed gardaí enter via windows as part of an investigation into alleged illegal wealth

Gardai at the scene of the  fatal stabbing on O’Connell Street.Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Suspected killer was friend of victim; Both known to gardaí as rough sleepers and drug users

There are fears in Government that a soon to be announced package of pay improvements for the Defence Forces will not meet the expectations. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Proposed package arising from pay commission report to go to Cabinet in near future

Knife crime: with scant research in the area, it is hard to get a firm fix on the size of the problem and whether it is worsening or not. Photograph: Getty Images

Caution needed when interpreting data on recorded stabbing incidents and knife seizures

Concerns had been expressed recently after a series of stabbings in a single week last month

Statistics seem to support claims that rising numbers of gardaí on beat having an impact

A cell in Midlands Prison, Portlaoise. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Prisoners refused to leave exercise yard before matter was resolved without injury

The funeral of Sean Little in St Luke the Evangelist Church in Coolock

Sean Little died ‘in the most horrific, barbaric, senseless act of violence imaginable’

Of the 30 European countries studied, more people in Ireland had used cocaine in the ‘last 12 months’ than any other nation apart from the United Kingdom and Spain. File photograph: Getty Images

Major new study finds cocaine use growing faster in Ireland than in most European countries

The grave of Jordan Davis in Fingal Cemetery, after his funeral in Darndale. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

‘Drugs don’t make you king. Drugs make you into a corpse,’ priest tells mourners

A file image supplied by An Garda. The operation is being led by the  National Bureau of Criminal Investigation supported by officers from, Criminal Assets Bureau, Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau.

Evidence suggests unsafe horse meat has illegally been exported for consumption

Det Supt Seamus Boland was one of two gardaí honoured at the ceremony in Spain. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Two gardaí honoured in Spain for work tackling organised crime

Mark Hennessy was shot dead by a garda in Cherrywood last May.

Mark Hennessy abducted and killed Filipina student Jastine Valdez last year

Floral tributes outside the church of St Nicholas of Myra after the funeral of David Byrne in Dublin, in February, 2016

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s crackdown may cause issues for local priests and gardaí

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan is on a visit to Coolock on Tuesday. File photograph: Alan Betson

Charlie Flanagan warns young people ‘bling’ associated with drug dealing lifestyle will not last

Official figures confirm the number of people departing the Defence Forces has surged in recent years.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Briefing document for TDs says high staff turnover in the forces is ‘not unique to Ireland’

 Hamid Sanambar was suspected of involvement in a number of gangland shootings over the past 18 months. Photograph: Collins Dublin

Hamid Sanambar (41) was suspected of being involved in killing of Seán Little last week

The body of  Hamid Sanambar is removed from the scene of a shooting at Kilbarron Avenue, Coolock. Photograph: Tom Honan

Garda fearful Sanambar allies set to target associates of murdered Sean Little

Hamid Sanambar,  left,  was shot dead yesterday in the front garden of a house on Kilbarron Avenue, Coolock. Photograph: Collins Dublin

Iranian national was given a 3-year suspended sentence in 2015 for role in violent robbery of two women

 Hamid Sanambar who was shot dead yesterday pictured here, at the scene of the murder of Sean Little last week. Photograph: Collins Dublin

Officers investigating Hamid Sanambar shooting to review ambulance footage

Irish Army Ranger wing in Chad in 2008. Some 731 personnel departed  the forces in 2018 when 612 new recruits joined the Army, Navy and Air Corps.

Exit of 119 staff in 2018 largest in nearly decade as report on pay to be considered

Garda members  at the scene of a burned-out car at Castletimon Gardens, Coolock, Dublin, following  the shooting dead of Hamid Sanambar.    Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Iranian national (42) and three other murdered men linked to Finglas-based drug gang

 A body is removed from the scene of the shooting at Kilbarron Avenue,    Coolock, Dublin.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Gardaí believe the victim was probably shot by associates in a drugs gang based in Finglas

Defence Forces on a UN interim force in Lebanon. Photograph: Defence Forces Press Office

Overall fall comes despite recruitment drive for Army, Navy and Air Corps

Gardaí at the scene of a fatal shooting incident at Kilbarron Avenue, Coolock, Dublin, on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan

Gardaí believe shooting linked to murder of Sean Little last week

Irish Army Ranger wing on patrol in Chad in 2008. Cathal Berry says he is leaving the Defence Forces because he can no longer watch it being so badly damaged.

Defence Forces ‘dismantled and demoralised’ as low pay forces out personnel

Cathal Berry, former head of the Irish Army Ranger wing: worked as a medical officer in Syria.

Low pay, poor morale and micromanagement forced Cathal Berry from Army

Tallaght Garda station has been one of the top five busiest stations in the country for the number of crimes reported each year, reaching 5,200 last year. Photograph:   Frank Miller

Floor of Plaza Hotel next to Tallaght station being used as overflow facility

Videograb showing protesters outside Minister for Transport Shane Ross’s home on Sunday. Photograph:  Fingal Battalion Direct Action Group/Facebook

Fingal Battalion Direct Action Group rallies outside Minister’s home in latest action

Drugs seized during a Garda operation in Finglas, Dublin. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Cannabis herb, cannabis resin and cocaine uncovered during Garda operation in Finglas

Garda forensic team at the scene of the shooting of Jordan Davis  in  Darndale. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Drugs trade moving out of recession as new younger gangs flex muscle

German police have confirmed they shot dead an Irish man in Hamburg. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Hamburg police confirm they fatally shot man while responding to family incident

Assistant Garda Commissioner Pat Leahy said young criminals were now vying for position in Dublin’s drugs trade as they competed to replace Kinahan cartel members who have been jailed or fled the Republic. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Young criminals are now vying for position in Dublin’s drugs trade, leading garda warns

Murder victims Sean Little and Jordan Davis (right) were friends

Young men urged against vying for position following senior arrests in Dublin gang feud

Two Breitling watches have been confiscated by the Criminal Assets Bureau

Property searched as part of Cab inquiry into who owns large south Dublin house

Gardaí at a checkpoint on Francis Street in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Feuds pose growing challenge to gardaí as overtime cuts bite

The scene of the fatal shooting in the Marigold Road area of Darndale. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Jordan Davis (23) killed while pushing buggy, in third Dublin shooting in 24-hour period

Murder victims Sean Little and Jordan Davis (right) were friends and knew their lives were in danger

Jordan Davis posted a tribute to his friend Sean Little minutes before he was shot

The body lies at the scene of a fatal gun attack in the grounds of the Church of Our Lady Immaculate, Darndale. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Man in his 20s was a friend of Sean Little who was shot dead on Tuesday in Walshetown

A man’s  body was found lying near a burning car at about 11.20pm on Tuesday at Rowans Little, Walshtown, Co Dublin. File photograph: Google Street View

The 22-year-old from Kilbarrack, north Dublin had no criminal convictions

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said a feud in the area was of concern to the force at present.

Feud link examined after incident in Mulhuddart, Dublin, at 9.30pm on Tuesday

The gang is believed to have paid one Garda member €20,000 for information. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Image

Three officers released without charge could face seven-year prison sentences if convicted

Mourners at the funeral of Azzam Raguragui (18) at Newcastle Cemetery, Co Dublin. He was  stabbed to death last week in south Dublin. Photograph: James Forde

Boy (15) attacked in Churchtown minutes after Azzam Raguragui (18) fatally wounded

Three members of the Garda, including a superintendent and inspector, were arrested on Thursday.  File photograph:  Oli Scarff/Getty Image

Superintendent, inspector and garda are suspended pending further inquiries

The officers were arrested on Thursday as part of an inquiry into alleged links between members of the force and a criminal gang. Photograph: Getty Images/THE IRISH TIMES

Inspector suspended from force, detention of superintendent and garda extended

The Garda specialist unit that carried out the raid was supported by armed Garda back-up. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Local gardaí not part of raid as specialist unit sought to minimise risk of information leak

Armed gardaí on duty. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The two others - a Superintendent and garda - had their periods of detention extended

‘The Supreme Court has said a judge cannot be told what sentence they must impose on a second-time offender,’ explained one barrister. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Court effectively struck down law on minimum term for those convicted for a second time

‘We’re putting too much information about where we are, who we’re with and what we’re doing’, on social media,  according to Chief Supt Pat Lordan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau.

Details of work and social life from social media being used to create credibility

Top gardaí say the problem is worsening, with €2.7m stolen in April alone. File photograph: Getty

Over €4m defrauded from firms since start of year in increasingly sophisticated deception

A Garda at the scene of a fatal stabbing in Finsbury Park, Dundrum, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Stabbing occurred in Leixlip on Tuesday morning

A videograb shows a garda approaching an SUV in Co Tipperary

Man arrested after SUV fails to stop and crashes into signpost in Co Tipperary

Gardaí search an area close to the scene of the fatal stabbing in Finsbury Park, Dundrum, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Azzam Raguragui (18) stabbed to death in Finsbury Park, south Dublin last Friday

“People who continue to drive while suspended, do face (prison time) in court. And judges are jailing people who have continually broken the law.” File photograph: Getty

Repeat offenders: ‘Only way to stop people like this is to actually incarcerate them’

Commissioner Drew Harris told the Public Accounts Committee disqualified drivers ‘by and large, are retaining their licencesat the conference’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Only 11% of 83,000 disqualified drivers have surrendered their licences

Seán Lynch (34) from Rathfeigh in Co Meath  raced with the Drogheda Wheelers Club. Photograph: Sean Rowe

Gardaí investigate Seán Lynch’s death following incident at event in Co Wexford

Drew Harris speaking at the Public Accounts Committe on Thursday.

One garda earned €76,000 in overtime last year, PAC hearing told

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris does not believe the new unit will clash with the work of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, which investigates complaints made against gardaí. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New unit will seek out corruption, says Garda Commissioner

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris told media at the Association of Garda Superintendents annual conference, ‘I think we need to share information’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Oireachtas group told force failing to provide oversight agency Gsoc with relevant records

Ombudsman says proper oversight of An Garda Síochána is ‘not possible’

The superintendents’ conference is set to take place in Naas, Co Kildare. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Conference calls for extra armed response units to deal with growing gang activitiy

GSoc has criticised the practice of gardaí investigating gardaí. Photograph: Collins

Gsoc says it relies on media reports to learn of serious incidents involving gardaí

The mortuary at University Hospital Waterford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Department of Justice said move taken in light of concerns expressed by consultant pathologists

Gardaí are investigating an alleged sexual assault on a young woman in  Tully Cross, Co Galway early on Sunday.

Woman (19) says she was attacked at the Mussel Festival in Tully Cross near Renvyle

Gardai discover a 14-year-old boy  in the boot of a car in Finglas last night. Photograph via  The Irish Sun.

Armed officers in Finglas pursue car driven erratically before being abandoned

Patrick Quirke was jailed for life for the murder of Bobby Ryan. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

‘There is ... fear and sometimes depression when it dawns on them where they are’

Patrick Quirke arriving at the Courts of Criminal Justice. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Defence case that gardaí made serious errors failed to sway a majority to conclude reasonable doubt

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has attended this year’s conference, the theme of which is Preparing for Change. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

GRA conference hears officers on verge of walking out if new stations not delivered

Gardaí and CAB officers carried out a series of raids in Dublin and Kildare. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Cars, watches and designer clothes seized by armed officers in co-ordinated action

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, meeting local Gardaí Siobhan Barry and James McCarthy, at GRA Annual Delegate Conference in Killarney. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Conference hears high rents in cities impacting younger gardaí due to lower pay

Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan  says he ‘does not accept’ the accusation he is negligent of Garda resourcing issues. Photograph: Garrett White / Collins Photo Agency

Public being misled about resources available to Garda, says senior GRA member

A house damaged in a petrol bomb attack in Loughboy, Drogheda, Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Garda appoints inspector to help people who have run up massive debts with drug dealers

From left, Frank Thornton, GRA vice-president; Jim Mulligan, GRA president; and Pat Ennis, general secretary GRA, at the association’s annual conference at the Brehon Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

GRA conference calls for armed units in all of the 28 Garda divisions

Members of Republican Sinn Féin during their Easter Rising commemoration outside the GPO in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Department of Justice cites freedom to march, however repugnant the message

Offences under the legislation include assault causing harm or serious harm, threats to kill or cause serious harm, coercion, harassment, sexual assault and rape. Photograph: iStock

New laws are aimed mainly at combating domestic violence and protecting women

The call for divisional armed support units comes as gang feuding has spread beyond Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Rank-and-file Garda members are also seeking a full-time riot squad for Dublin

Members of a group that calls itself the Fingal Battalion Direct Action Group were monitored outside the house by gardaí before dispersing. Photograph: Facebook

Gardaí investigate demonstration by group calling him ‘one of Ireland’s biggest embarrassments’

Extreme violence is now being used in residential areas and on busy public streets. Photograph: The Irish Times

Gardaí suspect incidents on Saturday night are linked to ongoing violent gang dispute

A Garda SUV  patrolling in the Moneymore estate in Drogheda last November. File photograph: James Forde

Feud related violence escalates in Co Louth town

Gardaí believe the gunman was driven to and from the scene by an accomplice in a red VW Golf with false registration plates. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Murder attempt third incident in week linked to worsening gangland feud

The injured man was treated at the scene before being taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members of public including children ‘endangered’ during attack in Drogheda, say gardaí

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: Policing Authority finds a rise in public satisfaction towards the end of 2018 coincided with his appointment. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Assessment finds flawed linking of need for change with dissatisfaction at austerity cuts

 The Policing Authority was ‘disappointed with the level of achievement’ by the Garda in roads policing last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Policing Authority reveals 20 per cent fall in number of motorists caught speeding last year despite 150 more personnel

Two males aged 33 years and 20 years were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking.

Drugs with estimated value of €715,000 discovered during west Dublin operation

Marta Herda knew her passenger Casa Orsos could not swim. Photograph: Collins Courts

Conviction of Marta Herda for murder restored his reputation to his family, says garda

Fewer than 10 per cent of motorists driving without insurance on the State’s roads are caught every year. Image: iStock.

Garda representative group seeks devices to check vehicles via real-time database

The Garda Armed Support Unit called to an eviction dispute in Dublin’s north inner city. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Agsi says public need to understand gardaí are only at eviction to police public disorder

A senior Agsi member is under pressure amid allegations of double jobbing and the association has been forced to issue a statement.

Fee and security licence facts must be clarified on claim overshadowing Agsi conference

Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors  general secretary John Jacob:  “I don’t agree that the allegations have cast a cloud or a shadow over the conference.” Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Amid whistleblower claims, Flanagan calls on Garda leaders to adhere to high standards

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris will address the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors conference on Tuesday. Photo Garrett White/Collins

Concerns over gardaí being called in at evictions to be raised at AGSI conference

Agsi general secretary John Jacob (pictured with deputy general secretary Antoinette Cunningham) said the two members who had declined to attend the annual conference ‘haven’t indicated specifically why they are not coming’. File image: Cyril Byrne

At least two senior members of Agsi decide not to attend annual conference in Cavan

A number of properties in Mullingar were searched

Women are detained in Mullingar following Garda search of two properties

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: His refusal to sign off on certain promotions is evidence of his strict line on discipline and promotions. Photograph:  Tom Honan

Drew Harris’s refusal to promote gardaí linked to their being subject of inquiries

Dessie O’Hare: sentenced to 10 years with three suspended for false imprisonment and three years for assault during an illegal violent eviction attempt in June 2015. Photograph: Collins Courts

Ex-INLA ‘Border Fox’ is likely to serve less than five years for latest convictions

Dessie O’Hare, who was jailed for seven years at the Special Criminal Court in  Dublin  for the violent attempted eviction of a man and his family from their home in Co Dublin in 2015. Photograph:  Courtpix

‘Dessie O’Hare's reputation alone would be enough to terrify most people’

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