Former Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson: he was unanimously acquitted in Belfast Crown Court of raping a woman. An expert group was appointed after  the 2018  trial. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Expert group was appointed by government after the 2018 Belfast rape trial

Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart Olding: The expert group was established in August 2018, shortly after rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were acquitted of raping a woman at a house party in Belfast. Photograph:  Niall Carson/ PA Wire

Report calls on Garda to set up sex crime units in all divisions as a matter of urgency

The CSO recidivism study shows 55 per cent of all prisoners released from jail in 2014 had re-offended within three years. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Major new study on Irish recidivism rates released by Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Gardaí say that while alcohol remains a problem, they are seeing more and more cases of drugged driving – mainly cannabis and cocaine. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Drunk or drugged driving arrests fell only 9% in first six months of year despite lockdown

Figures show that such arrests increased in 11 of the 28 Garda divisions nationally in the first six months of this year. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Arrests rise 24% despite pubs being closed for months and traffic levels plummeting

Former minister for agriculture Barry Cowen. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Some of party’s TDs say as many as a third of members sceptical of Martin’s leadership

Eleven publicans were found in breach of Covid-19 measures when their premises were inspected by gardaí last week. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Gardaí report significant fall in non-compliance with coronavirus guidance among pubs

Between July 1st and 13th, the Dublin Airport Authority recorded 52,753 new arrivals at Dublin Airport. File photograph: Collins

Low rate of monitoring will cause serious concern about State’s ability to detect imported cases of disease

 Dublin Airport: Failure to complete the quarantine  form accurately is a criminal offence punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine of up to €2,500.   Photograph: Colin Keegan

Three overseas passengers refuse to fill in ‘locator forms’ amid call for clampdown

 Cash seized in Operation Venetic, an investigation on EncroChat. Photograph: PA Wire

Encrypted mobile phone service is just one of several Irish criminals use, say senior officers

Anastasija Varslavane and William Maughan: disappeared in April, 2015.

William Maughan and Anastasija Varslavane last seen in Co Meath in April 2015

On Thursday members of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau arrested two suspects for conspiracy to defraud the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland (MIBI), which compensates victims of uninsured and untraced drivers. File photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Man used wheelchair when attending appointments about claim but did not need one in day to day life

The charges the detective faces are both covered by the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Temporary court order granted preventing identification of the accused man

The Audi Q6 car that was seized by gardaí. Photograph: An Garda

Almost €67,000 in cash and luxury Audi car seized in swoop led by Criminal Assets Bureau

Cocaine has become increasingly popular among men with higher disposable incomes as the economy  recovered in recent years. Photograph: iStock

Number of children entering drug treatment has risen significantly, HRB data reveals

Younger people were also much more likely to be targeted in ‘personal crimes’. Photograph: iStock

New CSO report debunks view that rural areas are impacted more by crime

Anastasija Varslavane and William Maughan: disappeared in April, 2015.

Gardaí believe William Maughan and Anastasija Varslavane were killed by drugs gang

Minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen  would have incurred two penalty points any time he drove unaccompanied. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen admitted to driving unaccompanied in past

The criticism by the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) emerges at a time of growing concern over groups congregating on the street to socialise, especially in Dublin. Photograph: Gaillot et Gray/PA Wire

‘We were left without adequate guidance and training’ on enforcing Covid-19 regulations

Both remain Garda members but are no longer based in the same part of the country. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two alleged offences against woman, who is also a garda, date back almost a decade

Sylvester Hiemstra  at his mobile home in Downings, Co Donegal: he was taken in by’s slick website and professional-sounding customer service, paying over €6,100 for a 5.7m Fletcher Farrow boat. Photograph: Joe Dunne

Websites offered to deliver products to Irish clients who were unable to go to UK due to travel restrictions

Gardaí believe Stephen Corrigan died around the time he went missing in November 2011. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Stephen Corrigan identified through DNA sample given by his late mother

Even before the weekend, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and his senior management team were concerned that gatherings of revellers, in pubs and on streets outside, were posing a health risk.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Garda has no power to disperse groups socialising on streets or close pubs on the spot

Part of the consignment of alcohol seized by gardaí on Saturday

Large quantity of alcohol seized on Saturday under Operation Navigation

The attack on the Mullingar estate which occurred on Thursday evening has raised fears that feuding in the Midlands has escalated significantly.

At least 15 young people threaten locals and damage houses in Mullingar, Co Westmeath

From last Monday, pubs that served food were allowed to reopen with table service only. Customers must book in advance and eat a meal while drinking alcohol. Photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí to ramp up pub inspections following public concerns over lack of social distancing

A teenager has been arrested after allegedly failing to stop for gardaí and fleeing across the country for 65km while driving at speeds up to in excess of 210km/h. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Male in his late teens is charged after driver is pursued by gardaí over 65km

Horses receiving certain medicines during their lifetime, for example, would not be fit for use as food, but a new chip could allow such a horse to bypass the rules and be accepted.  Photograph: iStock

Gardaí believe some animals have effectively been smuggled into the food chain

Large sums of cash were seized. Photograph: Criminal Assets Bureau/Facebook

As well as the money seized and bank accounts frozen, the bureau also seized a number of vehicles

As Garda members were working on the Covid-19 policing operation, including establishing checkpoints to monitor the movement of people, there were 2,127 detections of crimes.  This checkpoint was put in place on the M4 near Celbridge, Co Kildare in April.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Pandemic resulting in groups congregating and engaging in anti-social activity, says Policing Authority

Garda Commisioner Drew Harrris has told the Policing Authority of a rebound in crimes last month after lockdown. Photograph: Frank Miller

Burglary, sexual crimes, public order offences and other crimes fell during pandemic

The suspect was filmed walking around a housing estate in Mulhuddart, Co Dublin. File photograph: The Irish Times

Post prompts searches involving riot squad and Armed Response Unit

Romanian Andrei Ciocan (32), formerly of  Letterkenny, Co Donegal,  pleaded guilty at Roscommon Circuit Court to money laundering  involving  €80,000. Photograph: North West Newspix

International gang also created bogus websites to sell non-existent agricultural machinery

The ‘Grace’ case has been the subject of a number of the Garda investigations for more than a decade. Photograph: Stock image.

Intellectually disabled woman left in foster home for two decades despite abuse concerns

Daniel Kinahan: Gardaí are  hopeful the authorities in the UAE may become less tolerant of Kinahan’s presence there and more co-operative with the work of investigators in Ireland. Photograph: Collins

Daniel Kinahan’s foray into pro boxing has ‘red-flagged’ him internationally

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on a Dublin Bus in Dublin city centre on June 15th encouraging passengers to wear face masks on public transport. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Government to open ‘air bridges’ allowing Irish tourists to go on holidays to certain destinations

 Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Drew Harris says force more effective when gardaí not caught up doing ‘ancillary tasks’

Daniel Kinahan: regarded as one of Europe’s biggest drug traffickers.

International drug trafficker suffers major setback in bid to sit at sport’s top table

A special team was set up in the Garda’s National Economic Crime Bureau to investigate suspicious online transactions. Photograph: iStock

Officers took action after being inundated with suspicious reports from across Europe

When unsuspected buyers purchased vehicles or goods online, their money disappeared but their purchases never arrived. Photograph: iStock

One of the largest ever gangs, the group has laundered at least €21m across Europe

Flowers at the scene following the fatal assault of Jean Eagers  on Willow Wood Hartstown, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Questioning suspended as man (60) receiving medical care in hospital for injuries

Jean Eagers worked for Marks & Spencer in Blanchardstown and had two adult children.

Gardaí believe victim Jean Eagers and the suspect were known to one another

Garda forensics personnel  at the scene of a fatal assault at a house in Willow Wood, Blanchardstown, on Sunday afternoon, in which a woman died. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Chief suspect is known to woman and was arrested after confrontation with gardaí

People pray at a cross erected on Friday at the scene of the killing of Det Garda Colm Horkan in Castlerea, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Town reopens but locals remain stunned by shooting dead of ‘easygoing, respectful man’

 Stephen Silver pictured at Castlerea District Court on Friday.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Stephen Silver (43), with an address in Co Mayo, was remanded in custody

 People pray at a cross at the scene of the death of Det Garda Colm Horkan in Castlerea, Co Roscommon. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Remains taken from Castlerea to dead man’s native Co Mayo under Garda escort

The scene of the shooting in Castlerea was sealed off on Thursday. Photograph: Collins. Insert photograph: Detective Garda Colm Horkan who was killed in the shooting.

Suspect has history of mental health issues and drug and alcohol abuse

Det Garda Colm Horkan died from fatal gunshot wounds in Castlerea. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Castlerea and Charlestown united in grief after killing of detective garda

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris speaking to the media at the scene in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, where Detective Garda Colm Horkan died after being shot on Wednesday night.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Drew Harris appeals for person who shared images of the scene immediately after the shooting to come forward

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris speaking  at the scene of the shooting in Castlerea, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Priest who said last rights for Det Gda Colm Horkan (49) describes aftermath of shooting

The scene of the shooting in Castlerea was sealed off on Thursday. Photograph: Collins. Insert photograph: Detective Garda Colm Horkan who was killed in the shooting.

Killing of detective garda was ‘a random act’, says Drew Harris

Kieran Collopy: coming to the end of an eight-year prison sentence for drug dealing.

Under Operation Coronation, 200 gardaí and Army members swooped on three counties

The Garda operation involved 170 personnel from local Garda divisions backed by the Armed Support Unit, Emergency Response Unit, Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) and the Garda Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau. Photograph: Garda Facebook

Joint operation against Collopy gang yields evidence of criminal proceeds in UAE

The operation is believed to be the single biggest operation by the Garda this year. File photograph: The Irish Times

Arrest of 14 crime gang suspects follow Garda searches in Limerick, Clare, Tipperary

Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan said there  a process  had already begun within his department to formulate legislation that would ‘deal with’ hate speech and hate crimes. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There were 250 hate crimes recorded in 2019, compared with 340 in 2018

The investigation is being carried out by gardaí at Dún Laoghaire Garda station who can be contacted on (01) 666 5000.

Man who was known to be in south Dublin suburb at time of assault wanted for questioning

A garda monitors Covid-19 movement restrictions earlier this year. File photograph: Collins

New Garda figures show charges in just four such cases were approved over past week

In 2019, the number committed to prison increased by 10.7 per cent, to 8,939, including 6,276 men and 894 women. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Biggest increase in incarceration in decade as more being jailed for not paying fines

Daniel Kinahan (centre),  named  as one of the main protagonists in the Kinahan-Hutch feud, was involved in arranging boxing match. Photograph: Collins

Move comes after boxer confirmed gang leader’s role in planning fights for 2021

Freddie Thompson and Daniel Kinahan at the funeral in 2016 of David Byrne, who was shot dead in the Regency Hotel attack. Photograph: Collins

This is a battle the State must win, no matter what that victory looks like

Cocaine and cannabis seized at Dublin Port. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Over 90kg of cannabis and 60kg of cocaine, worth €6.2 million, found in truck at port

Assistant Garda Commissioner Paula Hilman  (left) with Liz O’Donnell, chairwoman of the Road Safety Authority, pictured at the launch of a new road safety campaign urging road users to be extra cautious as the roads get busier during the easing of the Covid-19 lockdown.  Photograph:  Robbie Reynolds

Safety chief says drivers are now sharing space with ‘thousands more’ non-motorists

The Irish company had last month agreed a deal with a Chinese firm to buy machinery that could be used in the manufacture of PPE for the HSE. File photograph: Getty

Company got emails from fraudster who presented as machine’s Chinese supplier

Gardaí on Dublin’s Henry Street as people queue outside shops. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Covid-19 policing operation resulted in 82 charges or summonses being issued so far

St Columba’s College has issued a statement confirming steps were being taken to investigate allegations of racism from a number of former students and current pupils.

St Columba’s ‘is committed to shining a searchlight into these issues,’ says warden

The Policing Authority says there is “huge positivity” for the work the Garda is doing to address domestic violence. However, a number of community groups have said some gardaí are “culturally not there yet”

There are ‘particular difficulties’ in small towns where gardaí, victims and perpetrators all know each other

Gardaí said the man had been airlifted to Beaumont Hospital in the capital. File photograph: The Irish Times

Condition described as critical after individual discovered at a wooded area in Kenagh

The group, made up of Romanian nationals living in Dublin, is linked to a network of bank accounts through which an estimated €1.5 million has been laundered.  File photograph: The Irish Times

Gardaí believe gang was exploiting Covid-19 social welfare payment claiming up to €50,000

A protester shows a picture of George Floyd from her phone to a wall of security guards as she and others demonstrate near the White House, in Washington, DC, on Wednesday. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP

Response should be to eliminate racism and inequality everywhere, Higgins says

 Supporters attend a rally in solidarity with Black Lives Matter outside the US embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Q&A: Why gardaí have decided to take action over group’s demonstration last Monday

 Supporters attend a rally in solidarity with Black Lives Matter outside the US  Embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Organisation surprised over Garda inquiry into Black Lives Matter protest in Dublin

 Supporters attend a rally in solidarity with Black Lives Matter outside the US embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin, on Monday. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Event organisers say the rally has been set aside amid fears of Garda prosecution

The cash is believed to be the proceeds of crime including internet scams, organised prostitution, thefts and fraud. Photograph: Garda Press

€1.5 million put through ‘mule’ accounts and bogus companies, gardaí say

 Member of the Garda at a checkpoint in Dublin. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Most suspects not arrested but had name and contact details taken by officers

People attend a rally in solidarity with Black Lives Matter outside the US embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Officers have spoken to some organisers of rally in which up to 4,000 people took part

Because the volunteers at Mountjoy  are prisoners themselves, they have a much better chance than staff of getting through to the men they are doing time alongside

Several prisoners in Mountjoy have joined the front line as Red Cross volunteers

Consignments of cash totalling €700,000 were seized by gardaí. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Exiled drug dealer known as ‘The Penguin’ believed to be owner of the money

Jim Hall enjoys a pint in the Tasting Room in Wellington, New Zealand, on Thursday, after pubs were reopened as the country comes out of strict lockdown. Photograph: Marty Melville/AFP via Getty Images

‘Lack of clarity’ in liquor laws means publicans can sell drink for takeaway or delivery

Gardaí at a checkpoint in  Dublin on Friday. Senior officers claim enforcing Covid-19 restrictions has become unrealistic and unworkable for the force. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Representative bodies to raise issue at meeting with senior management next Tuesday

The Policing Authority praised the Garda for the professionalism of its Covid-19 policing operation.

Policing Authority report outlines child protection concerns about risk to children

The arrest was the latest in a series of investigations into people abusing the Covid-19 payment system.

During the course of the search, cash and counterfeit cash was seized, say gardaí

Gardaí arrested a woman in the Leinster area on Tuesday and questioned her about the alleged leaking of information. File photograph: Getty Images

Woman allegedly gave information on Covid-19 checkpoints

Tyson Fury (right) during a contest in Los Angeles in December 2018. Daniel Kinahan is working to put in place a fight in the Middle East between Fury and Anthony Joshua for the world heavyweight title. File photograph: Lionel Hahn/PA Wire

Kinahan has been named by the Garda in court actions as a key gangland figure in Ireland

 The dead man is understood to have lived alone at the house on Bluebell Avenue where he died and was receiving assistance from homeless services. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Gardaí appeal for help from public after Alan Hall (45) found dead at west Dublin property

Gardaí now have permission to wear masks anywhere they feel social distancing cannot be achieved. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

GRA welcomes the move but says priority testing is also required for gardaí

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting at Cromcastle Drive, Kilmore in Coolock. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Victim sustains wounds to leg and has been taken to hospital after treatment at the scene

Larry Dunne (centre), picture on March 12th, 1985, being led into the Central Criminal Court.  Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Dunne introduced heroin to capital and went on the run after a change of clothes in a pub

A Garda checkpoint at the entrance to Phoenix Park in Dublin last week. Photograph: Collins

Commissioner says ‘reprehensible spitting and coughing attacks’ on personnel continue

Lee Canavan has been in custody in the UK where a number of hearings relating to his extradition have been held in the courts in recent months. Photograph: Collins Courts

Irish State alleges Lee Canavan was gunman in 2016 killing of David ‘Daithi’ Douglas

Of the sex crimes that were reported to the Garda in 2019, 62%  of the offences had occurred within a one-year period before they were reported.  Photograph: iStock

New CSO crime figures break down age and gender for first time

Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan is part of the group of Ministers charged with devising recommendations for those travelling to Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Ministers query practicality of quarantining people for 14 days at State facilities

Gardai have siezed cocaine and illegal prescription drugs valued at over €1 million

Some €500,000 cash in vacuum packed bales found during a major operation across four counties

Ian Wright, who has worked as a TV pundit since retiring from  playing soccer, shared some of the hateful messages he received by posting them on his own social media accounts. File photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

‘If I get corona I will cough in your face’: Messages express hate for soccer star’s family

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said some new arrivals at Dublin Airport were destroying false documents before presenting themselves at immigration checks. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Drop in numbers occurred before Ireland was severely impacted by coronavirus

Activists Gemma O’Doherty and John Waters with supporters outside the Four Courts in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Authority also tracking and reporting on how often the force uses new powers

Gardaí have advised  the public to ‘contact them directly if they wish to report crime and not to raise these matters via online platforms’.

Investigating gardaí believe the alleged assault may have occurred in the past week

Significant numbers of Garda members have had to self-isolate because of Covid-19 and in one case an entire unit of gardaí in Dublin was forced to cease operations, the largest staff body in the force has said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill The Irish Times

Priority testing for gardaí no longer being pursued by Garda management, GRA says

During searches gardaí ‘seized false passports, fake personal ID, cash in excess of €10,000’. File photograph: Getty

Two arrested as part of investigation into bogus accounts to conceal and launder cash

The number of burglaries reported to the Garda in March plummeted by 30 per cent due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Sex crimes recorded also down last month as Garda announce €8.1m surplus for 2020

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