David Reilly and Derek O’Driscoll have used an insidious brand of intimidation and control, all underpinned by lengthy criminal records and reputations for ultra violence, to rule Ballyfermot

Derek O’Driscoll and David Reilly run crime in their native area through violence and fear

The Law Society has started blocking the use of some messaging apps on its premises after offensive comments were made about female trainee solicitors. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Solicitors’ body blocking use of some phone apps on premises after ‘deep distress’ caused

Orchard Lawns in Cherry Orchard, Dublin, where builders were targeted by antisocial behaviour while constructing a social housing project. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Drug gang figures still received money from construction firms after accounts frozen

Evidence before the High Court set out how two council workers advised contractors to pay two men their demanded fees for “fence maintenance” in order that antisocial behaviour directed against the contractors’ sites would stop. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Dublin City Council official gave €1,200 payments from contractor to criminal, Cab told

Cab claimed the two men had a number of income streams including drug dealing in Ballyfermot and other parts of Dublin, organised burglaries, tax offences and extortion. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Council workers suggested to construction firms they use services of criminals, court told

Sources said it was impossible to determine if foreign nationals were over-represented as victims of assault in the Republic. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Data could inform prevention of hate crime, says Immigrant Council of Ireland

Some of the gardaí initially suspected of passing information to criminal elements are now under suspicion for other matters. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Investigators trying to establish if older members coerced younger gardaí

Also know as Murt, Martin Doyle left the family home at 11am on the day of his disappearance. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Martin Doyle vanished without trace from home in Suncroft, Co Kildare in October 2004

PDFORRA represents about 8,500 enlisted personnel across the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps and said there was a clear disparity between HSE staff being paid just over €80 for an eight-hour sleepover shift and its members being paid a €48 security duties allowance for 24 hours. File photograph: Alan Betson

Flow could be slowed if personnel on 24 hours duties paid higher allowances, says staff group

The scene of the fatal assault on Vincent Parsons in Killinarden in August. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Assaults causing harm now consistently at levels reached only briefly during Celtic Tiger

Assaults causing harm are  now at unprecedented levels. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Extra resources and ‘pro-arrest’ approach planned to combat emerging attack culture

A sign for a disused customs office along the Irish Border in Newry. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Garda reforms put on hold for Border divisions pending clarity on Brexit outcome

 Drew Harris: “There does seem to be a connection between prosperity and street assaults and night time economy-type offences.”  Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Crimes linked to the consumption of alcohol and drugs increase as economy improves

Sexual offences had already reached record levels in recent years and have increased again in the 12 months to the end of June. Photograph: iStock

CSO figures also indicate the number of fraud offences recorded increased 34 per cent in the 12 months to June

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris  in his public meeting with the Policing Authority. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Garda Commissioner Harris says reform of administration offices will free up many gardaí for a return to frontline policing

 Garda Commissioner Drew  Harris also revisited the problems identified last year with the Garda Youth Diversion programme that saw more than 3,000 young people not pursued for alleged crimes.   Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The €20 million spent paying members for 15 minutes overtime to be briefed at start of shifts ‘grieves some of us’ - Drew Harris

Agsi president Antoinette Cunningham  said nobody in her organisation had seen any implementation plan for the new divisional policing model. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Agsi and GRA do not believe Drew Harris’s plans are based on any firm evidence

Miniature mobile phones ‘about the size of a child’s thumb’ were seized in raid. Photograph: CAB

Jet skis, Rolex watches, cash and property documents seized during raids against drug gang members

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris revealed on Wednesday which stations would be the divisional headquarters after 28 divisions are amalgamated to create 19. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Reorganisation plan ‘unacceptable’, Roscommon TD Denis Naughten says

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris believes the current structure of the Garda force is too complex. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Opposition likely to grow as impact of Garda reorganisation on stations becomes clear

The Garda confirmed which stations would remain the headquarter stations for their enlarged divisions and, by extension, which stations would lose their status. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Roscommon, Sligo, Monaghan towns and Navan, Naas, Bray, and Thurles lose status

Garda commissioner Drew Harris (right) and Chief Constable of the PSNI Simon Byrne speak to the media during the cross-border conference on organised crime at the Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Commissioner Drew Harris says definite lines of enquiry being pursued

The laneway where Quinn Industrial Holdings Director Kevin Lunney was abducted is cordoned off by PSNI. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press

Coalition of money-oriented Border criminals led by Leinster man believed responsible

Younger offenders were  far more likely to be convicted again after release from prison than older  prisoners. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sex offenders least likely to offend again but robbers and burglars most likely, data shows

Kevin Lunney was subjected to a 2.5 hour ordeal after his car was rammed off the road as he drove home from work last Wednesday evening . Photograph: PA

Firm believes social media data would assist investigation into campaign against executives

Hundreds gather at the Quinn company headquarters in Derrylin to show their support for Kevin Lunney. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Extra gardaí deployed to Border as priest says Lunney ‘traumatised’ but ‘recovering’

Deputy secretary general of Nato Rose Gottemoeller with Maurice Quinn, secretary general at the Department of Defence, and Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett, chief of staff of the Defence Forces. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Rose Gottemoeller made her comments in Dublin as Isis bride Lisa Smyth in Syria

Quinn executive Kevin Lunney underwent a two-hour ordeal

Kevin Lunney recovering from abduction, beating and torture

PSNI officers at the laneway at Kinawley in Co Fermanagh where Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney was abducted on Tuesday. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press

Minister says there have been arrests, there are files with the DPP over attacks

PSNI officers at the laneway at Kinawley in Co Fermanagh where Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney was abducted   on Tuesday. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press

Quinn Industrial Holdings staff given warning after ‘life-changing’ assault on Kevin Lunney

PSNI temporary superintendent Clive Beatty addresses the media during a press briefing at Enniskillen station. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker

PSNI and gardaí rushed to homes of other executives on learning of abduction

The laneway where Quinn Industrial Holdings director Kevin Lunney was abducted is cordoned off by  PSNI officers. Photograph: Ronan McGrade/Pacemaker Press

Paramilitary-style attack on Quinn executive Kevin Lunney ‘severe beyond comprehension’

Quinn Industrial Holdings executive Kevin Lunney, who was abducted and seriously assaulted before being dumped at the side of the road in Co Cavan. Photograph: Quinn Industrial Holdings/PA Wire

Attack on Kevin Lunney is the latest violent incident targeting Quinn Industrial Holdings

Kevin Lunney (pictured in Dublin last May) sustained a broken leg and other severe injuries after being abducted in the Border area on Tuesday. File image: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Death threat was sent to Kevin Lunney’s company four months before attack

Stepaside Garda station in south Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Commissioner says gardaí will, however, ‘come and go’ from Stepaside around the clock

Majella Moynihan: disciplined  by the Garda  when she became pregnant by a male member of the force. Photograph: RTÉ

Garda gave up baby for adoption after being disciplined for getting pregnant outside wedlock

 Kevin Lunney (pictured in Dublin last May) sustained a broken leg and other  severe injuries after being abducted in the Border area.  File image: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Family of Sean Quinn said it was ‘absolutely horrified’ and angered by the Co Fermanagh attack

A garda at the scene of a fatal shooting at Aghamore, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Victim is named as Brendan Kilduff (60s) who had stopped on way home from beef protest

An Post head of security Brendan Cloonan, Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn, Chief Supt Dominic Hayes, Supt Derek Hughes, Crime Prevention Officer Peter McConnon and Jom Bergin of An Post at the launch of the initiative at Kilkenny Castle. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

More than 100 delivery staff in Carlow-Kilkenny to pass relevant information to gardaí

Gardaí have begun a significant clampdown on people involved in bogus insurance claims. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Solicitors’ and accountants’ offices to be targeted as part of days of action on bogus claims

Murder victims Seán Little and Jordan Davis were friends and were shot dead in the space of a week in May.

Gardaí believe revenge killing for murder of Seán Little was prevented on Saturday

A man has died after the car he was driving left the road and struck a tree in north Co Wexford.

Garda and GSOC investigating incident at Clonattin Lower in the early hours of Sunday

Mr Byrne (right) has said previously he was ‘embarrassed’ for both Ireland and the US that his previous offences had to date prevented him from securing permission to remain in the US.

Byrne claims cannabis possession in Ireland derailed efforts to secure legal status in US

The incident, which occurred last December, was recorded on video phone by a person present and was widely circulated on social media and published in the mainstream media. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dog wounded, man (20s) hit in leg by ricocheting bullet during incident in Longford

During the course of the search two firearms, including this one, were seized. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Two men were arrested at the scene and have been detained for questioning

A picture of Al Pacino as Scarface sits next to a hot tub in the Finglas home of Jason Boyle, which was part of a proceeds of crime case. Image: CAB.

Jason Boyle’s house in Finglas has been seized after proceeds of crime case

Majella Moynihan was charged in the 1980s with breaching the force’s disciplinary rules for having premarital sex with another garda, becoming pregnant and having a child. File photograph:    RTÉ

Former garda who lost job in 1980s sues State for loss of earnings and personal injury

Garda was injured after suspected burglars rammed his motorbike.  Photograph: The Irish Times

Garda placed his motorbike in the path of the suspects’ vehicle in a bid to block their escape

Drew Harris is seen by some as being more akin to a chief executive than a traditional Garda commissioner. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Distant but decisive’ ex-PSNI man has impressed many, but others say the jury is out

The shooting occurred at approximately 7.10pm at Streamville Road in Donaghmede, north Dublin. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

Gardaí seek information on Beige Nissan Almera in area of shooting in Donaghmede

A firearm was discovered in the burnt-out shell of one of the vehicles,  found on  a nearby  estate. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Lucan shooting may be linked to murder of man involved in drugs trade in March

Gardaí  covering up the vehicle in which the man was shot at  Griffeen Glen Park in Lucan, with bullet holes visible in the windscreen.  Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Victim (40s) seriously injured after car was rammed and several shots fired through window

Kinahan cartel associate Thomas Kavanagh is likely to be freed from prison in just over one year despite being jailed for three years this week when he appeared in a court in the UK. Photograph: Jason Roberts/PA Wire

Kinahan cartel associate presented himself in Britain as a dealer of luxury vehicles

Generous remission and use of tagging means reduction in Kavanagh jail time

The  overriding Garda view is that a clear decision must be taken to either allow e-scooters under regulation or  ban them completely. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Fears include vehicle interaction with cyclists in bike lanes, and speed and helmet criteria

Drugs seized by gardaí following searches in Meath and Dublin. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Men in 40s and 50s arrested in joint operation between Garda and UK police

A Garda Ford Transit van similar to the one that was shot at in Darndale. Photograph: The Irish Times

Shooting occurred in Darndale where fears around organised crime have increased

The scene where 29-year-old Keith Branigan was shot dead in a caravan park in Clogherhead, Co Louth. Photograph: Cate McCurry/PA Wire

There are clear parallels with the Hutch-Kinahan, Crumlin-Drimnagh and Limerick feuds

Keith Branigan: was shot dead on Tuesday just three weeks after celebrating his first wedding anniversary

When his violent past cost him his airport job, the 29-year-old fell in with serious criminals

Armed gardaí at Ashling Caravan Park, Clogherhead, where Keith Branigan  was shot dead outside a mobile home on Tuesday. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Garda hopeful second vehicle used by Keith Branigan killer yields forensic evidence

The shooting of Keith Branigan in Clogherhead, Co Louth, on Tuesday involved a team of killers that successfully escaped the scene. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

One gang had staged four gun attacks on rivals before killing of Keith Branigan

Vincent Parsons was discovered with head injuries by passersby on Saturday night. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Father of two was attacked Saturday night while socialising with friends and died on Monday

Tuesday’s murder of Keith Branigan in Clogherhead has resulted in a palpable fear of more attacks. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Escalation of violence in Co Louth drugs turf war mirrors that in Limerick 10 years ago

Inset image: shooting victim Keith Branigan. Photograph: Facebook. Main image: Gardaí at the scene of the fatal shooting in Clogherhead, Co Louth. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Shooting dead of Keith Branigan is first murder in dispute raging 13 months

Vincent Parsons was discovered with head injuries by passersby on Saturday night. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Tallaght murder: Gardaí believe dead man clashed with killers in pub

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris proposes to put an additional 1,800 Garda members on frontline line duties in the next two years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Concerned among representative bodies about plan to free gardaí for frontline duties

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: insists the new Garda Operating Model  will mean more gardaí on the frontline in every part of the Republic. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

With rural TDs opposing new policing plans, Drew Harris will be glad of support from IFA

Former minister for justice  Michael McDowell has welcomed the Garda reform plan.

Former justice minister says resistance to civilianisation halted previous reforms

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has been a lucky general in his first year in office but he is not out of the woods yet. Photograph: Alan Betson

A perception that rural Ireland is being abandoned can become frenzied quickly

From left,  Deputy Garda Commissioner John Twomey and  Garda Commissioner Drew Harris  during an official announcement of the new Garda operating model. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

PAC chairman claims changes will lead to a ‘reduction in policing’

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris held a press conference on Thursday morning in Dublin to unveil his new plans or the force. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Plan is an attempt to decentralise policing power from Garda Headquarters in Dublin

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has defended his reorganisation plan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Drew Harris rejects claims that rural locations will lose out under the new structure

 Garda Commissioner Drew Harris at Garda Headquarters in Harcourt St, Dublin, where he  published  a new Garda Operating Model. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Garda Commissioner says until there is a deal between UK and EU ‘it’s not going to be the same’

Proposed reorganisation could have a ‘significant effect’ on the working lives of gardaí

Plan ‘omits roads policing as one of the four key focus areas’ at operational level

The plan, by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, involves a reduction in the number of Garda divisions from 28 to 19. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Reforms include reducing number of Garda divisions and giving more powers to superintendent

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris believes the reforms will flatten and streamline senior management

New divisions will be run by a chief superintendent with greater independence

Gardaí intervened in an attempted ATM robbery in Virginia, Co Cavan last Wednesday morning. Photograph: Garda Press Office.

Gardaí find further €100,000 as three suspected members of gang are arrested in Co Meath yard

PSNI appeals for witnesses after incident described as ‘truly appalling’ by councillor

A large group of people attended a vigil in Dublin’s north inner city on Monday night for pensioner Paddy Hansard following his assault at the weekend.

Large group show solidarity for Paddy Hansard (75) at inner city gathering

Paddy Hansard suffered serious injuries in an assault early on Saturday morning at Courtney Place (above). File photograph: Google Street View

Arrested man has been released without charge and file is being prepared for DPP

In the current year spending is set to reach €120 million on direction provision and related accommodation and ancillary services; up from €78 million last year and almost double the €67 million spent two years ago. Photograph:iStock

Accommodation harder to source as cost of direct provision system significantly increases

 Conor McGregor. File photograph: Photograph: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Former cage fighter appears to hit man in Marble Arch Bar in Drimnagh last April

An asylum seeker from a country regarded as safe is much less likely to be granted leave to remain in the State. Photograph: Frank Miller

Number of new applications set for 15-year high as direct provision system struggling

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has told the Policing Authority he intends to come within budget, adding that he has informed senior Garda management who control budgets to find ways of making savings. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Senior sources say operational policing must be scaled back if savings to be made

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan is ‘supportive’ of how the  Garda Commissioner is dealing with the case of a garda who was dismissed in 1982 over ‘alleged homosexual activity’. File photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Minister’s statement claims standards of 1982 would be completely unacceptable today

 ‘Liam’ kept his Garda notebooks from the 1980s. Photograph: Alan Betson

Drew Harris acknowledged ‘Liam’ sacked in 1982 for ‘alleged homosexual activity’

The Garda inquiry into the VAT-based fraud has been ongoing since 2017. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gardaí believe mastermind behind cross-border ‘carousel’ scam is based in North

‘Liam’ retained his Garda notebooks from the 1980s, when he was let go over suspicions of being homosexual. Photograph: Alan Betson

Garda Síochána’s dark forces in climate of 1980s apparent in its tracking of gay man

 ‘Liam’ kept his Garda notebooks from the 1980s. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former garda says he sees correspondence from commissioner as a vindication

Former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Former Fianna Fáil minister and Dublin North West TD ‘relieved’ at development

Some of the items seized from a scooter driver in Offaly. Photograph: Garda

Weapons and drugs found after individual searched at routine traffic stop in Offaly

‘I was a good policeman, thrown on the scrapheap. I want them to acknowledge the reason’

Mother-of-two Angie Smith went missing after attending David Bowie’s Slane concert in 1987

Woman found in Wicklow mountains went missing after David Bowie concert in 1987

Jennifer McBride, daughter of murdered Dundalk woman Irene White, speaking on RTÉ Prime Time on Thursday. Photograph: RTÉ Prime Time

Fresh appeal made after ‘middle man’ in her killing in 2005 was this week jailed for life

Antoinette ‘Angie’ Smith had been attending a David Bowie concert in Slane

Body of 27-year-old mother of two found in ditch in Dublin mountains

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan  and Garda Commissioner Drew Harris with retired gardaí Angela Leavy, Noeline McGrath, Sarah McGuinness, Mary O’Donnell and Brid Wymbs at an event in Farmleigh House marking the 60th anniversary of the first women recruited to the  Garda. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell for The Irish Times

Commemoration follows apology to Majella Moynihan over her treatment in 1984

The original 12: Mary Gilmartin (nee) Browne, Angela Leavy (nee) Burke, Elizabeth Noeleen McGrath (nee) Cooke, Elizabeth Dwyer, Kathleen Kelly (nee) McFadden, Sarah O’Sullivan (nee McGuiness), Helena Sparrow (nee) Hayden, Bridget Deale (nee) Sharkey, Margaret Brown (nee)Tierney, Mary B Wymbs, Deirdre Killeen, Mary O’Donnell

Gathering to mark 60 years of women in the force hears how some regarded their arrival

The scene sealed off on Sunday at Adam Court, off Grafton Street, where up to 20 people were involved in a fracas. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Garda’s Serious Crime Unit has been tasked with investigating disturbance

Mother-of-three Irene White was stabbed to death at her home in 2005. Photograph: Tom Conachy

Woman stabbed 34 times in her Co Louth home in 2005 contract killing

The scene sealed off on Sunday at Adam Court, off Grafton Street, where up to 20 people were involved in a fracas. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Violence outside nightclub off Grafton Street followed security fears over music festival

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