Prison costs: Irish judges are, for the first time, to have reference to a range of sentencing guidelines for particular offences. Photograph: Getty

Judges eager for new guidelines covering domestic and sexual violence cases

Gary Vickery has been living in Lanzarote. Photograph: The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA)

Dubliner facing sentencing for importing millions worth of drugs into UK

Enforcement of the vaccine-pass system in late venues will be carried out by health inspectors. Image: iStock

Health inspectors will work on compliance, while Garda have the power to object to late-night licences

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) has appealed for other victims of domestic violence at the hands of a garda to come forward: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Women’s group says term shows domestic violence not taken seriously by courts

Almost a third of pubs and restaurants checked by the HSE have been found not to be in full compliance with Covid-19 regulations since reopening last July. Photograph:iStock

Since vaccine pass introduced 9,800 ‘compliance checks have been carried out by HSE inspectors

The confidential telephone line is being  introduced by the new Garda Anti-Corruption Unit to tackle misconduct and criminality in the force

‘Integrity network’ to be established across force and education programme run

Over 7,600 criminal charges “involving an element of domestic abuse” were brought against suspects Image: iStock

Garda charged 4,000 people with breaching barring orders

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has made fighting corruption and malpractice a pillar of his tenure. Image: Paul Scott

Allegations of Garda corruption abound, but Harris’s clamp-down faces resistance

Ministers of State at the Department of Justice James Browne TD. Photograph:  Damien Eagers

Extra funds for youth justice budget to be used to target ‘persistent’ young offenders

The move has been prompted by the receipt of new information relating to the case of  18-year-old Deirdre Jacob who went missing in 1998 as she walked home to Newbridge, Co Kildare.

Large, isolated area of Kildare woodland near Wicklow border to be targeted

Diane Byrne, Karina Molloy and Yvonne O’Rourke, of the Women of Honour group, arriving at Iveagh House, Dublin, to meet  Minister for Defence Simon Coveney late last month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Retired sergeant Anthony O’Brien compiled allegations from former military personnel

Frances Haugen says Facebook’s ranking algorithms, which are primarily based on how many engagements a post receives, are “literally fanning ethnic violence”. Photograph: iStock

Whistle-blower Frances Haugen alleges company is ‘fanning the flames of violence’

‘Where prisoners don’t meet the standards that we can reasonably expect of them, that should have consequences,’ says Minister of State at the Department of Justice, Hildegarde Naughton. File Photograph: Alan Betson

Currently prisoners are automatically entitled to 25% off their sentence

The woman is to appear in court on Monday. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Gardaí arrested woman in her 20s on Sunday

Minister Defence Simon Coveney said modern peacekeeping missions are operating with more complex mandates, fewer resources and in harsher and more remote operating environments. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Minister for Defence says UN operations now ‘more complex and less resourced’ than in past

Members of Women of Honour group (from left)  Diane Byrne, Karina Molloy, and  Yvonne O’Rourke ahead of  a  meeting with  Minister for Defence Simon Coveney. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘Dozens more women’ come forward in wake of RTÉ Women of Honour documentary

Members of the 119th Unifil Infantry Battalion heading to Lebanon in November at the Glen of Imaal. Photograph: Alan Betson

About 350 personnel train in Glen of Imaal ahead of quarantine period and deployment

Anti-vaccination campaigner Dolores Cahill. Photograph: The Irish Times

Several prominent conspiracy theorists attended the meeting in London

Garda at the scene of an incident  at Ashfield Park, Dublin 15, on Monday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Woman and two men taken to hospital following incident in Ashfield Park area

The case is being investigated by specialist detectives from the National Protective Services Bureau. File photograph: Collins

Suspected rape and sexual assault occurred over a 12 year period

Of the three investigations under way, one is being carried out by the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, while another was being conducted by the new Garda anti-corruption unit. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Investigations centre on drug gang, alleged leak of information and alleged assault

Lieutenant General Seán Clancy at a  wreath-laying ceremony  at the UN memorial garden at Arbour Hill, Dublin, in May. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Urgency and purpose’ needed to avoid repeat, Lieut Gen Seán Clancy tells troops

The ex-garda was arrested on suspicion of ‘enhancing the ability of a criminal organisation to commit or facilitate a serious offence’.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Man was arrested in operation which saw €600,000 worth of cannabis seized

 Gerry Hutch,  partially visible - his left eye and forehead can be seen behind the shoulder of the driver, as he arrives at the Criminal Courts of Justice on Wednesday night. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Dubliner (58) remanded in custody after being extradited from Spain

A report by the Military Police is due to be finalised in the near future for the Defence Forces’ senior leadership and the Department of Defence File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Hundreds of documents examined with report due but no arrests made to date

Not everyone owns the technology to access remote hearings or has the capacity to use the required devices, said Mema Byrne. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

‘Imperative’ that physical court rooms are not overlooked, says barrister Mema Byrne

Gerry Hutch’s final appeal against extradition to Ireland was rejected by a Spanish Appeals Court. Photograph: Reuters

Mr Hutch wanted on a charge of murder in relation to 2016 Regency Hotel attack

The number of personal injury claims being lodged annually has been declining for the last four years. Photograph: iStock

Hope is that declining cases will result in reduced insurance premiums for consumers

Anyone who was in the Dolphin’s Barn area, Dublin, between 2am and 5am on Sunday is asked to contact gardaí. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Gardaí treating death by Grand Canal in Dolphin’s Barn as tragic accident

Joe McCarron (75) from Dungloe was in hospital a number of days before he died.

Covid patient Joe McCarron encouraged to leave against medical advice and later died

Anthony Flynn, the former chief executive of ICHH who died last month, had been under investigation by gardaí in relation to two alleged sexual assaults. Photograph: Alan Betson

Garda to review policy around vetting of people working with homeless charities

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said Garda vetting is an intrusive process, meaning ‘there is strict criteria on who can be vetted and who is not vetted’. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Drew Harris says file will be prepared on case ‘so that the matter is properly reported’

Former supermarket boss Don Tidey speaking to Margaret Sheehan, mother of Garda Gary Sheehan,  and her daughters  Grainne and Jennifer, after their brother was posthumously awarded a Scott Medal for bravery  at a ceremony in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson

Posthumous gold Scott Medal awarded to Garda Gary Sheehan who was killed by IRA

President Michael D Higgins used his address at the Defence Forces’ Values Awards on Tuesday to express his concern for the retired female members of the organisation who featured in the recent RTÉ documentary Women of Honour.  Photograph: Tony Maxwell

Documentary detailed decades of alleged bullying, harassment and sexual abuse

The Garda Síochána (Digital Recording) Bill 2021 will allow for the use of body-worn cameras by gardaí which will record their interactions with the public in certain circumstances. Photograph: iStock

Digital Recording Bill will allow for the use of body-worn cameras by officers

Ivermectin-containing medicines are not authorised for use in Covid-19 in the EU, and the EMA has not received any application for such use. Photograph: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Drug, mainly used to treat parasites in horses, touted as cure for virus despite lack of evidence

Members of the protest group, which calls itself We the Sovereign People, gathered at the front of Leo Varadkar’s home holding anti-vaccination placards and shouting at gardaí. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Ministers and senior public health officials were recently given updated security advice

Judge Matthew Deery was appointed as the sole member of the Independent Oversight Authority for the Garda Fixed Charge Processing System Cancellation Policy six years ago. Photograph: Getty Images

Currently gardaí do not have to prove speeding was necessary

Ken McCue in King’s Inns Park, Dublin, where as a teenager he witnessed a stabbing: ‘I didn’t sleep for ages. I still feel it,’ he says of the incident. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Officials warn well-intentioned initiatives could be counter-productive

One staff member at Letterkenny Hospital told the man that leaving the hospital would risk ‘endangering’  his life. File photograph: Trevor McBride

Viral video shows group demanding release of man suffering severe symptoms

Abderrahman Yahiaoui  fled to Ireland in 2000. Photograph: Alan Betson

Arrest came about as result of Ireland joining EU police data-sharing system in March

 Eric Eoin Marques,  pictured at the Four Courts in Dublin in 2013 for a High Court hearing.

Eric Eoin Marques pleaded guilty to conspiracy to advertise images last year

Discarded nitrous oxide canisters.  It produces a short high when inhaled. File image: Getty Images

Company cites concerns over safe transportation of ‘laughing gas’ rather than use as an illicit drug

Abderrahmane Yahiaoui was due before the High Court on Wednesday.

Abderrahmane Yahiaoui was convicted in absentia in France of facilitating Islamic terror

A Taliban fighter stands guard as a Pakistan International Airlines plane, the first commercial international flight to land since the Taliban retook power last month, takes off with passengers onboard at the airport in Kabul on September 13th. Photograph:  Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images

Government made aware of 10 more people seeking assistance in recent weeks

Minister of  Health  Stephen Donnelly: protests held outside his home in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister lives at Co Wicklow home with wife and three children

The bureau has been seizing increasing large amounts of luxury goods from suspected criminals in recent years.

Increasing volumes of designer goods being seized by agency as proceeds of crime

Gaelforce Events said that ‘at 12:21 race control was notified that a competitor had become ill on the final section of the race route’.   Photograph: iStock

Carl Dempsey became ill during cycle section of Gaelforce race on Maamturk mountain

Major Gen Seán Clancy was speaking at the launch of Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann’s Fuschia appeal to raise money for veterans in need of assistance. Photograph: iStock

Pandemic led to ‘vast reduction’ in fundraising for charity

 A Vietnamese youth inhaling a “funky balloons” filled with nitrous-oxide  at a nightclub in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photograph:  Getty Images

During lockdowns, ‘hippy crack’ became an increasingly popular way of getting high

Army Ranger Wing members demonstrate their skills and equipment at the Curragh Camp in Co Kildare: the highly-trained unit is considered one of the best in the European Union. Photograph: Alan Betson

The highly-trained unit is beset by frustration over pay and conditions

Defence Forces recruitment and retention will feature among the commission’s recommendations in its final report. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Barracks and bases countrywide visited by team and report to be ‘deeply marked’ by this

The next stage of the investigation will involve  the freezing of bank accounts believed to be used by cybercriminals to funnel money from victims. Photograph: iStock

Operation will require co-operation of international partners

The herbal cannabis was  concealed in a delivery of vegetables. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Gardaí were made aware of ‘suspicious activity’ in Emo on Monday morning

Plants seized by gardaí during an operation on Monday. Photograph: An Garda Síochána/Facebook

Gardaí seize plants worth an estimated €384,000 during ‘large-scale operation’

Bigger crowds at  concerts will be allowed from next Monday, September 6th, under Government plan. File photograph: Getty Images

Return to office work scheduled for September 20th and role of Nphet is due to be scaled back

A Coast Guard boat crew departed from Howth for the island where they found the sheep.

Lucky Louis taken to safety by Howth Coast Guard

Afghan evacuees arrive at Pristina International Airport in  Kosovo on Sunday. Some 60 Irish citizens remain in Afghanistan as well as 15 others who have the right to live in Ireland. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Ireland to examine introduction of Security Council resolution next week

The prisoner’s death was not related to Covid-19. File photograph

Inmate in Maghaberry Prison died on Saturday

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to both incidents to come forward. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Motorcyclist remains in hospital with serious injuries following Co Cork crash

Gardaí are are trying to determine the motive for the fatal shooting of Conor O’Brien (19) from Co Wexford. Photograph: An Garda Síochána/PA

Officers mystified by killing: ‘No one seems to have had any reason to want to hurt this young man’

Photograph: Defence Forces

Grief and frustration haunt rescue run that had to hitch a ride and leave people behind

Nine rangers were deployed along with two senior diplomats to the airport for a 40-hour mission which was brought to a close due to the worsening security situation in Kabul. Photograph: Defence Forces

Twenty-six Irish citizens evacuated from Afghanistan with help of secretive unit

The  body was discovered in ‘unexplained circumstances’ in a house in Enfield at about 8.30am.

Discovery made at a house in Enfield on Friday morning

French and Afghan citizens being evacuated to France in a French military plane, at Abu Dhabi airport. Photograph: Etat Major des Armees via AP

Evacuation mission ended minutes after two suicide bombs killed and injured dozens outside Kabul airport gates

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: ‘We are asking people to be sensible and to follow the chief medical officer’s advice.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Several premises around Croke Park forced to close last week after anti-social behaviour

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris during a  Scott Medal award ceremony   for deceased and serving members of the force at   Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Thirteen gardaí receive the Scott Medal at ceremony in Dublin Castle

People board a US Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Photograph:  EPA/US Marine Corps

Analysis: Lack of long-range airlift capability greatly limits options for evacuation

Threats of criminal damage to vaccine centres and telephone masts have surfaced in such groups in recent weeks. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Officers advised to be watchful for threats from far-right and anti-vaccination groups

Mr Lach drove at speed on the wrong side of the M6 motorway before colliding head-on with another car. Photograph: Press 22

Jonasz Lach, who died along with family of three, was facing dangerous driving charges

The Garda said it is investigating an incident of ‘criminal damage by fire’ at the house.

No injuries reported in second arson attack in the town in the last seven days

Several judges have raised concerns   about evidence offered during mitigation pleas. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Barristers warned against making claims of clients’ depression or drug use without proof

Susan Bracken holding a photograph of her mother Margaret Bracken, who died in unexplained circumstances in her home in Dundalk in 2019. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dundalk woman’s family frustrated by Garda action alleges she died following break-in

Vaccination of inmates started slowly with just 2% of the prison population being inoculated by the end of May. File photograph: The Irish Times

About 84% have received at least one dose, suggesting refusal rate of approximately 16%

Tents belonging to homeless people are seen on  Ely Place in  Dublin. An Garda Síochána has confirmed it is investigating an employee of Inner City Helping Homeless,  who has been suspended from work with the organisation. Photograph: Tom Honan

Charities Regulator notified of ‘serious matters’ at Inner City Helping Homeless group

Two suspects are being held at separate Garda stations in Limerick. Photograph: The Irish Times

Mason O’Connell-Conway died after sustaining head injuries at home in Rathbane

The ICHH group was founded in 2014 and focuses on outreach programmes working with homeless people in Dublin’s inner city. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Garda investigation under way as charities regulator is contacted

Two suspects are being held at separate Garda stations in Limerick. Photograph: The Irish Times

Child died after sustaining serious injuries at home in Rathbane in March

This is the second major operation targeting PPE fraud involving gardaí since the pandemic began

Businesses in at least 20 countries targeted by criminals pretending to sell wholesale items

Hashish worth an estimated €400 million has been seized off the coast of Spain following an Irish and French-led intelligence operation. Screenshot:  Policía Nacional Twitter

Haul captured on cargo vessel south of Canary Islands

The Garda National Economic Crime Bureau has advised renters to only use recognised letting agencies or to deal with people they trust. Photograph: iStock

More than 500 allegations reported to gardaí since 2019

  A complaint has already been made to the Gsoc over the raid and solicitors for Mr Quinn McDonagh are preparing a civil case against the Garda. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Complaint made to Gsoc over operation in which officers were seeking mobile phone

Pascal Wrenn outside Pascal Coffee House in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Businesses reopening under new laws have been victims of ‘review bombing’ and abuse

Comdt Ciarán McKeown with a Squadron Leader from Malaysia on patrol for Minurso in Western Sahara. Comdt McKeown has returned to Ireland with Capt Cillian McHugh

Defence Forces leave at precarious time for United Nations Minurso mission

The woman’s body was found early on Monday morning just outside the village of Lixnaw.

Officers will be guided by results of postmortem on body found near Lixnaw

The victim was lured into the scam after striking up a conversation with a fake profile on a dating website. File photograph: Getty

Two arrested following Garda operation targeting dating website running fake profiles

SSPX Resistance founder Richard Williamson. File photograph: Jens Falk/Reuters

Woman arrested after allegations by Society of Saint Pius X Resistance

Dean Maguire from Tallaght was one of three people  killed in a car that was travelling up the N7 the wrong way on July 7th. Photograph: Facebook

Screwdriver and torch among offerings at funeral of Dean Maguire following N7 crash

The man is being held at Tullamore Garda Station. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Man (40s) detained following seizure of five kgs of the drug

The CSO warned the cancellations of emergency calls may have further impact on concerns about Garda data. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

999 calls controversy shows need for ‘comprehensive end-to-end review’ of data recording

In one case an unknown male’s DNA was found at the scene of seven burglaries in Dublin between 2014 and 2020. File photograph: Getty

Three deaths after substance exposure confirmed in United Kingdom and one in Sweden

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris apologised to the court on behalf of An Garda Síochána regarding any ‘inappropriate’ comments made about the legal profession: File photograph: The Irish Times

Court told gardaí tried to press women into leaving State, that solicitor just interested in money

In 2014, 84 people entered drug treatment for crack cocaine use. Last year that figure had increased to 414. Photograph: iStock

Women increasingly more likely to become addicted to drug – Health Research Board

Researchers postulated that medications such methadone and buprenorphine, which are used as therapeutic substitutes for heroin, may have a “protective effect” against Covid. Photograph: Getty Images

Numbers of infections in people in treatment for heroin addiction far lower than expected

The funeral cortege of Karl Freeman makes its way to St Aidan’s Church in Jobstown on Monday. Photograph: Collin

Last of three men killed in N7 crash buried on Monday

Under the new structure, the 14,500-strong Garda force will consist of up to 2,210 sergeants and 482 inspectors. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins

More than 200 sergeants set to be appointed under new regulations this year

Graham Taylor was buried in Bohernabreena cemetery in Dublin. File photograph: Facebook

Graham Taylor died with two others after car burst into flames

Investigation into threatening and menacing phone calls to the personal numbers of chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan (left) and his deputy Dr Ronan Glynn is underway. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin

Security for public health officials increased following posts on far-right Facebook pages

SSPX Resistance founder Richard Williamson travelled to the Cork branch last year. File photograph: Jens Falk/Reuters

Group’s founder gave anti-Semitic speech at Cork branch of SSPX Resistance last year

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