People pay their respects to murdered national school teacher Ashling Murphy utside Leinster House on Saturday where flowers, messages and candles have been left. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photo

Properties are understood to be linked to a man treated in hospital who is now a suspect

Flowers and messages left near to the scene in Tullamore, Co Offaly, where Ashling Murphy was killed on Wednesday evening. Photograph: Dominic McGrath/PA Wire

Proportion is highest since 2017, with most allegedly killed by partner or ex-partner

Aisling Golden, social worker with the Solas Project, says children are coming out of Oberstown with charges still outstanding.   Photograph: Laura Hutton

He was caught with a joint. Three years and 14 hearings later, the case is not over

European troops training members of the Malian military.  Twenty Irish Defence Forces personnel are participating in the EU mission to train Mali’s army. Photograph: Mary Fitzgerald

Conventional Irish troops may fill roles in Defence Forces’s most dangerous mission

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

‘Unprecedented’ move follows series of disputes and allegations in Legal Affairs section

Members of the Garda Armed Support Unit during a training exercise. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Garda College facilities allow for training in handgun use but not heavier weapons

The bodies of Damien (50) and Daniel (88) Duffy were discovered at their home at Windy Hall in Letterkenny. Photograph: Declan Doherty

Gardaí not seeking anyone else in connection with deaths

Boy in blue: Desmond Tutu at the Leinster Senior Football Championship match between Meath and Dublin at Croke Park in 2005. File photograph: The Irish Times

Humanitarian ‘was just a very engaging, conversational, good-humoured sort of man’

 Bahaalddin Al Shwawrah (42), arrives at Bray District Court. Photograph:  Collins

Mother-of-five was found dead at her home on Christmas Eve

Gardaí, including forensic officers, at the scene at a house at Windyhall, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. Photograph: Declan Doherty

Gardaí treating incident in Letterkenny as murder-suicide and seeking witnesses

Seventy prisoners are due to receive temporary release over the Christmas period

Reluctance among some to take up temporary release over Covid spread, prison quarantine conditions

The Inspector said she shares the view that “confinement causes psychological harm to people in prison regardless of reasoning for its imposition.”

Prison Service rejects recommendations that inmates be granted more time outdoors

Four gardaí have now been suspended amid allegations of gardaí extorting food-delivery workers. File photograph

Four garda have so far been suspended as scope of criminal investigation widens

The HSE said it was reviewing the recovered data to identify any individuals whose personal information  had been stolen

Cyber crime personnel had been tracking movement of data for months

The man, who is aged in his 70s and connected to the company Process & Industrial Development (P&ID), is suspected of passing on cash to a Nigerian official to help secure a contract to convert excess gas from the country’s oilfields into energy. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Energy deal under investigation was subject of one of the world’s largest lawsuits

Quarter three of 2021, between July and September, set a record for reported fraud incidents. Photograph: iStock

Crime statistics may be impacted by garda cancellations of 999 calls, CSO says

Three men, aged in their 30s, fled the car and were arrested a short distance away. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Gardaí suspect men may have been involved in planned gun attack

Gardaí have arrested the driver, a male aged in his late teens, on suspicion of drink driving and took him to Birr Garda Station.

Youth arrested for suspected drink driving after late night incident in Birr

The Commission on the Future of Defence Forces has delayed the publication of its report until early next year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Report had been due to go to Government this month

The Irish Prison Service has abandoned the use of electronic tagging for offenders. Photograph: iStock

No plans to reintroduce the system, with officials citing concerns over value for money

Members of Women of Honour group (from left) Diane Byrne, Karina Molloy, and Yvonne O’Rourke. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Group meets Minister amid concerns review will lack power to compel witnesses to testify

Report found vaccination rates as low as 10 per cent in some countries

PLI chief executive Andrew Algeo refused to disclose the company’s promotional budget, even in percentage terms, citing commercial sensitivity.

Chief executive says sales have risen since start of unprecedented run of rollover jackpots

A man has been arrested for calling to people’s doors, while pretending to be a bank official, and asking for their ATM cards. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Man (21) is detained as gardaí investigate scam as part of ‘vishing’ operation

The scene following the fatal shooting of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel, Dublin, in February 2016. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

At least one real firearm believed to have been located in undergrowth beside hotel

 Dolores Cahill ceased her employment as a UCD professor  at the start of this academic year amid increasing controversy about her public remarks on Covid-19 and vaccinations. Photograph: The Irish Times

Dolores Cahill’s page had more than 130,000 followers

Charlie Bird: ‘I probably won’t have my voice in three or four months’ time.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Retired broadcaster discusses motor neuron disease diagnosis on the Late Late Show

Irish Hospital Consultants Association president Prof Alan Irvine says the lack of progress on waiting lists this year is ‘really damning’. Photograph: Getty Images

More than 897,000 people are on waiting lists, a very slight reduction in a month

Gardaí move trucks to either side of the Luas tracks to enable a tram pass at Dawson Street last month during an Irish Truckers and Haulage Association protest against fuel prices. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Garda prepare for large numbers of heavy vehicles arriving in Dublin on Monday

Under the plans, those who get in trouble with the Garda will be banned from membership of Government-funded bike clubs. Photograph: iStock

Funding will be combined with increased Garda powers to seize bikes if used dangerously

Trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation continues to be the most common form of human trafficking in Ireland, the report states

Sexual exploitation continued ‘unabated’ throughout pandemic

One military source described the report as a ‘fudge’, with another calling it a ‘missed opportunity’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘A case of moving the deckchairs around on the Titanic,’ says one senior officer

Kieran Creaven pictured as he arrived at Leeds Magistrates Court in December 2017.

Three suspects arrested and four other children rescued due to Garda information

Maj Gen Maureen O’Brien said the commitment Ireland has made to peacekeeping is ‘extraordinary’

Maj Gen O’Brien to address UN peacekeeping ministerial which starts this week in S Korea

Protected disclosures about the exposure of aircraft technicians to dangerous chemicals at Baldonnel Airfield were first made to the Government in 2015.  File photograph: Chris Maddaloni/The Irish Times

Whistleblowers blame premature deaths on exposure to toxic chemicals without PPE

A member of the Naval Service Diving Section in surface supplied diving equipment at the Naval Base in Haulbowline in Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The darkness and claustrophobia of deep diving is why 70% of recruits fail the course

Retired chief justice Frank Clarke. Photograph: Alan Betson

Clarke will be barred from appearing before all Irish courts under Bar Council rules

George Nkencho (27) was shot dead by a member of the Armed Support Unit outside his home in Clonee, Dublin 15 on December 30th, 2020. File photograph

Investigation will not be complete by anniversary of incident despite previous indications

     Gardaí were at the scene of the incident that occurred this afternoon. File photograph: The Irish Times

Video footage shows two suspected assailants attempting to set getaway car alight nearby

A  group of St Patrick’s Athletic fans who had gathered in  Irishtown House came under attack by another group

Travelling UK fans believed to be primarily responsible for trouble ahead of game

     Gardaí were called to the scene and about 30 officers responded including local uniform and plain clothes personnel.

Violence related to dispute between two families

The haul was discovered hidden in furniture which had been shipped in a container from the Netherlands. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Heroin, cocaine, cannabis sat undiscovered for days after gang did not pick haul up

Gardaí also seized over €10,000 believed to be the proceeds of crime from the sex trade. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Suspected brothel-keeper arrested and woman identified as possible trafficking victim

Christopher Wall (65) was found dead by one of his two daughters in his home in Balbriggan on Wednesday afternoon.

Christopher Hall’s death has left locals feeling ‘vulnerable’, says councillor

Cloverhill Prison is currently under partial lockdown due to Covid-19. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Further concerns about low vaccination rate in Castlerea Prison

Delegates at the Garda Representative Association’s annual conference in  Killarney, Co Kerry. Photograph: Conor Ó Mearáin

Commissioner criticised at conference for ‘not supporting’ gardaí in public comments

Delegates vote on a motion at the GRA’s annual delegates conference, in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photograph: Conor Ó Mearáin

No evidence presented to gardaí suspended more than a year ago, delegates are told

The GRA  is a powerful organisation which represents 12,500 gardaí  and which has a yearly income of almost €4m  in membership fees alone. Photograph: Getty Images

Anger and mistrust in evidence over investment of €4.5m in funds ‘without consultation’

Raco represents about 1,200 Army, Naval Service and Air Corps officers. Photograph: Getty Images

Forum will also consider response to allegations in Women of Honour documentary

 Cllr Nial Ring: While more gardaí on the beat are essential,  “they should have enough resources so we don’t have to spend €370,000 a year from the NEIC fund on Garda overtime”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Annual fund of €6.5m designed to regenerate deprived areas of north inner city Dublin

Midlands Prison: outbreaks have been reported in the prison, where 47 inmates have tested positive. Photograph: Laura Hutton

There are currently 120 cases among prisoners and staff nationwide

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee was said to welcome Stephen Martin’s statement that he ‘would approach the matter differently now and would meet Ms McGrotty’. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Calls for Stephen Martin to step down following his handling of sexual assault matter

Rose-Ann’s brother was a heroin addict who started taking drugs at the age of nine

She suffered years of abuse by the men in her life and lost her children to foster care

The ‘majority’ of Cloverhill Prison has closed down to contain the spread of Covid, a court heard on Wednesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Outbreaks in Cloverhill, Mountjoy and Midlands are causing significant disruption to courts system

The alleged incident occurred in the sleeping quarters area of an Army installation on Saturday night. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Matter being investigated by Defence Forces military police

The 26-year-old victim, who previously had links to organised crime in the Finglas area, was found lying in a pool of blood on Mellows Avenue at 8pm on Thursday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Gardaí believe deceased’s associate may have removed gun from scene

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

Iranian was shot dead outside home of associate he is suspected of helping to murder

The use of mobile phone data has been a major factor in several high-profile criminal trials in recent years, and gardaí consider it a valuable tool in investigating gangland murders. Photograph: Getty Images

Investigators using search warrants to obtain data in serious criminal matters

Lighting, ventilation and air conditioning systems in indoor cannabis grow houses require huge amounts of energy. Photograph: iStock

From deforestation to energy consumption, cocaine and other drugs come at a high price

There was initially confusion as to how the man received the wound as there was no other evidence of a firearm being used. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The 26-year-old found lying in pool of blood with gunshot wound to back of his head

Bernard Gloster, chief executive of Tusla. Photograph: Tom Honan

Anti-vaccination protesters and far-right activists have used platform to target workers

Gardaí said they are consulting with health officials on how to respond. Photograph: iStock

Drug dealer selling certificates likely to be used by unvaccinated to travel abroad

‘Two-for-one deals’ on crack ‘rocks’, which usually sell for about €20, are also being offered, as are ‘package deals’ of crack and heroin. Photograph: iStock

Proliferation of drug has created intense competition leading to violence, gardaí say

Pedestrians wear face masks on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

More than half of offenders refuse to pay fine as Garda emergency powers extended

Garda Tony Golden was a married father-of-three when gunned down in 2015. File photograph: PA

Delays in providing papers and making witnesses available cited as reason for six-year delay

Gardaí attended the scene of an eviction on Prussia Street on Wednesday, where unidentified men working for the property owner entered a property occupied by squatters and caused severe damage. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Garda policy did not succeed in preventing violence at eviction on Prussia Street

Garda Tony Golden was killed in Omeath, Co Louth in October  2015. Photograph: Garda/PA

Gsoc finds Adrian Crevan Mackin was not arrested despite 10 breaches of bail conditions

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said a lot of ‘rogue’ gardaí were operating in plain sight. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

More than 2,500 incidents were closed for ‘invalid reasons’, internal review finds

Patrick McCullough, representing the solicitor, suggested the signing of a document by a solicitor does not necessarily mean they witnessed it being signed by a client, but rather that they witnessed the ‘company seal being affixed’. Photograph: Getty Images

Cork lawyer faces disciplinary tribunal following complaint

Some experts have raised doubts about needle spiking being a widespread problem. File photograph: Getty

Reports spread on social media that woman the victim of Dublin incident over weekend

John Traynor (73) was closely linked with organised crime boss John Gilligan

Traynor was a suspect in the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin in 1996

Gardaí pictured searching a wooded area at Taggartstown, near Kilcullen, Co Kildare. Photograph: Collins

Three-week search of wooded area at Taggartstown on Co Wicklow border has ended

The review made 21 recommendations on how gardaí can better investigate and record homicide offences. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Review launched after serious concerns raised on quality of investigations

A large number of mobile devices were also seized during the operation. Photograph: Oli Scarff/ Getty I

Five alleged customers and staff arrested during Garda immigration operation

Gardaí  are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed a hit-and-run incident, which took place at Priorswood Road in Dublin on Sunday night.

Woman left with serious injuries following motorcycle hit and run in Dublin

The DCU registrar has initiated a review of groundbreaking PhD research by a former Army captain in light of complaints. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Public access to former Army captain Tom Clonan’s research temporarily suspended

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

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