Proportion of prison inmates casting postal ballots has declined over the past decade

More than 70 per cent (7,199) of the complaints resulted from suspected incidents in services, such as care homes or nursing homes. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Older women are particularly at risk, according to safeguarding body

Emma MhicMhathuna has said the delay by the HSE in sending files to the scoping inquiry ‘shows how incompetent they are’. Photograph: Collins Courts

Public Accounts Committee hears the HSE is currently auditing 46 additional cases

A redacted Garda photo of SUVs seized on Wednesday in west Dublin.  Photograph:   Garda Press Office

Vehicles worth an estimated €700,000 are taken from a Dublin car dealership

 Cloverhill Courthouse in west  Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin man was due to appear on robbery charges at courthouse adjoining prison

Policing Authority criticises delay in receiving answers from Garda

The jury was instructed by Judge Keenan Johnson that “the only logical verdict” was not guilty by reason of insanity

State conceded accused was legally insane at the time of road collision that killed teenager

CCTV cameras in Duleek, Co Meath.  File photograph: Alan Betson

Data Protection Commissioner to begin investigation into such projects next month

 Dr John Lawlor, chief executive, Scouting Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Board warns it will have to close its office in coming weeks if State funding not restored

High Court Judge Mr Justice David Keane has put ten questions to the two lawyers about their conduct which they must answer within 14 days, including why the solicitor instructed a trainee barrister and why the barrister accepted the case.

Solicitor for Polish criminal ordered to personally reimburse the State’s legal costs

Bray Boxing Club murder: gardaí at Pete Taylor’s sports club, where Bobby Messett was shot. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Bobby Messett was not the target. Another assassination ends in the death of an unintended victim

All of those serving life sentences in Irish prisons are there for either homicide offences (327) or serious sexual offences (12). File Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Prisons have been struggling to stem traffic of illicit mobile phones into facilities for years

In-cell phones are being piloted in the Independent Living Skills Unit in Wheatfield Prison in Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson

Internal report also suggests rehabilitation should start as soon as sentences begin

An image of Bobby Messett. Photograph: Facebook

Bobby Messett was a ‘sports fanatic’ who was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’

Gardaí are asking for more Armed Support Units (ASUs) to help police the estimated 208 crossings along the 500km Border. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Donegal-based GRA members warn they are not equipped to tackle current threats

Among the issues being examined is the provision of legal aid to victims to allow them their own legal representation during the trial. Photograph: Getty

Minister promised to examine ‘cold process’ for victims after Belfast rape trial

Flowers at the entrance to a factory in front of the field where the body of 18 year old Cameron Reilly was found in Dunleer, Co. Louth last Saturday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Gardaí investigating student’s death seek information on altercation outside chip shop

Cameron Reilly was found dead in a field in Dunleer.

Investigators search for victim’s phone as they try to piece together his final hours

 Garda James Morrisroe: “Nobody seems to know what’s going to happen so, from a security point of view and representing our members, it is a worry.”

Gardaí concerned Border would drive subversives’ recruitment of young people

Just 63 gardaí and 37 reserve officers are from ethnic backgrounds. The two non-Irish nationalities with the highest representation are Chinese (20) and Polish (12). Photograph: Eric Luke

Lack of diversity on force a ‘time bomb’, claims Garda Representative Association

Picture of Dessie Fox’s car at the scene of the murder in Prosperous, Co Kildare, from the front page of the Irish Times on October 1st, 1990. Photograph: Eamon Farrell

Bookmaker was driving to race meeting when car halted by a number of armed men

Speaking at the Garda Representative Association conference in Wexford, Garda Lisa McEntee said she has been assaulted multiple times during her 16 years of frontline policing. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Commissioner asked to vastly increase mental health support for members

The body of, 24-year-old Filipina murder victim, Jastine Valdez arriving at Dublin Airport on Tuesday morning, from where she will be repatriated, and buried in her native Philippines. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Dónall Ó Cualáin says deaths of Ana Kriegel, Jastine Valdez, Cameron Reilly ‘appalled public’

The Garda Representative Association’s annual conference is focusing on the lack of training provided to front line gardaí. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘I can shoot a target or a piece of wood from 20ft away but I’m not told how to duck or dive’

The introduction of body cameras for police officers in the UK has greatly reduced the amount of complaints being made against police, GRA president Garda Ciarán O’Neill said at the start of the association’s annual conference in Wexford. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Garda management examining the cost of outfitting members of force with ‘body cams’

Cameron Reilly was found dead in a field in Dunleer.

Gardaí believe student may have been strangled and are seeking his mobile phone

One victim said she was asked by a garda if she was telling the truth. “She said it’s just that Garda X said you’re a liar or a very good actor or maybe both.” Photograph: Getty

One woman was told by garda he would be too embarrassed to take her statement

Cameron Reilly   was found dead in a field in Dunleer

Inquiry under way after postmortem confirms teenager died in ‘violent circumstances’

Mark Hennessy body leaves O’Donavan’s funeral home in Sallynoggin, Dublin. Photograph: Pádraig O’Reilly

Mourners asked to keep Valdez family in their thoughts

Armed officers arrived at scene in Priorswood after shots fired

Jastine Valdez: gardaí have yet to establish if Mark Hennessy first encountered his 24-year-old victim in the Bray restaurant where she worked part-time

The ‘Garda Incident’ began at 7.57pm on May 19th, with a tip-off from a female caller

 The Children’s Court must  abide by the Children Act 2001 which states that prison, or detention as it is known in juvenile cases, should only be used as a last resort

The Children Act 2001 defines the age of criminal responsibility as 12 years

Garda van leaving the Children’s Court in Dublin after a  13-year-old boy appeared at a special sitting on Friday evening and was charged over the death of Anastasia Kriegel (14). Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Judge warns reporters and social media users of boy’s legal entitlement to anonymity

The derelict house and farmyard on the Clonee Road, Lucan where the body of Anastasia ‘Ana’ Kriegel was found. Photograph: Collins

Accused said nothing except to confirm to the judge that it was his first time in court

Ana Kriegel murder: the four-day gap between the teenager’s death and the discovery of her body should have little effect on the quality of DNA samples, according to forensics sources. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Boy says he was attacked on his way home from park where teenager vanished

Jastine Valdez: the 24-year-old student was abducted on Saturday evening

‘We would not expect this type of violence in Ireland, it’s a European country’

Mark Hennessy was shot dead by Gardaí in Cherrywood industrial estate during a search  for Jastine Valdez

Gsoc examining shooting of Mark Hennessy who was believed to be carrying a knife

Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, who were acquitted of rape following a trial two months ago.  File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two months after the acquittal of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, the city is trying to move on

Former Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson: he was unanimously acquitted in Belfast Crown Court of raping a woman. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Judge reserves judgment on whether rugby player should be awarded his legal fees

Early therapeutic intervention, especially in the area of speech and language, can have significant positive effects on a child’s social skills, mental health and academic performance. File photograph: Getty Images

Pilot programme a joint endeavour by HSE and Department of Education to boost supports

Many of the 5,500 students surveyed have set their social media accounts to private mode, which limits how much of their information is shared publicly. Photograph: iStock

Nine in 10 are concerned about their online security following Facebook scandal

 Megan Lanigan from Gorey gets a selfie with Johnny Sexton. Photograph: Tom Honan

European Champions Cup winners mingle with devoted fans at Donnybrook Stadium

Operation part of human-trafficking investigation

Victims of crime currently have no formal role in the parole process but are alerted when an offender is being considered for early release, and may make written submissions. File photograph: Getty Images

Board deals with offenders sentenced to eight years or more, many of whom jailed for murder

The vast majority of the approximately 350 life-sentence prisoners in Ireland are there for murder, and can only be released by the Minister for Justice on the advice of the Parole Board.  File photograph: Getty Images

Provision contained in opposition Parole Bill which has been accepted by the Government

Ireland is one of the few countries without a permanent electoral commission to standardise voting registration rules. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Many of the country’s 31 city and county councils have different registration rules

Voters going to the polls in the 1983 abortion referendum. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times.

Garda stations and local authorities dealt with requests from would-be voters until 5pm

Mountjoy Prison: All transfers  to Ireland of Irish people in prison abroad have been on hold since 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

Most of the 29 prisoners awaiting transfer are in the UK

Officers had to use a lighter to burn through ligature as knife could not be found

The Working Group on Juries has been established by the Civil Law Reform Division of the Department of Justice to consider the findings of a five-year-old Law Reform Commission report on jury service.

New body will examine potential widening of jury pool and laws against internet research

“Mosquito alarms”: there have been increased reports of  businesses around Dublin  using these devices to stop teenagers from  hanging around their premises

Businesses on O’Connell Street using high-pitched ‘mosquito alarms’ to combat loitering

Warren and Lorraine Reilly from Loughrea who lost two children while attending Portiuncula hospital. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Family who lost two daughters at the hospital brought the case due to delay in report

Portiuncula Hospital in  Ballinasloe has apologised for failings in care of up to 18 babies. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Three baby deaths at Portiuncula due to serious failings, report finds

Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Problems with staffing, training and communications contributed to problems, Portiuncula report states

There is concern that  a large amount of child sex abuse material is being shared below the surface on “peer to peer” networks

Fears of prosecution for copyright infringement means few cases are reported, watchdog says

 Circuit Court judges have had little or no guidance on how to treat the burglary and robbery offences which make up the bread and butter work of the jurisdiction

Court of Appeal also significantly increases prison terms of offenders sentenced in lower courts

Vicky Phelan. Photograph: Collins Courts

Limerick woman ‘does not have any trust’ in CervicalCheck management after revelation that 17 affected women have died

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission chief commissioner Emily Logan: “Many people now wish to continue to work for longer.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Compulsory retirement ages may be discrimination unless ‘objectively justified’

A man and woman in their 20s who were in the second vehicle were treated at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda for non-life threatening injuries.

Collision occurred around 6pm on Saturday

Travellers can get bus transfers between Newry and Belfast but these are also delayed, warned Irish Rail.

Dublin to Belfast Enterprise Service which runs on route suspended until further notice

The Internet Safety Advisory Committee, which was established by the Department of Justice in 2009, is responsible for advising the department on issues relating to online safety, particularly in regard to children. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Internet Safety Advisory Committee no more than ‘a talking shop’, claims Barnardos chief

Mr Justice Alan Mahon will step down from his position on the Court of Appeal.

Mr Justice Alan Mahon will retire for Appeals Court to take the position

Judge Patricia Smyth had  rebuked the defence during the Belfast trial for its aggressive questioning of the complainant.

A tweet about middle-class girls and a question about the judge’s tone of voice among issues discussed in absence of jury

 Paddy Jackson leaving  Laganside Magistrates court on March 15th. Photograph: Pacemaker.

Media bid to lift restrictions on legal argument in rape trial set for Wednesday

Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart Olding were acquitted of rape last week.

Judge ordered that there be no reporting on the Belfast rape trial legal argument

Protesters in Belfast following the unanimous not-guilty verdict. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

Are rape trials as they currently stand a fair way to deal with the crime? Victims share their experiences of the legal system

Paddy Jackson’s legal representative has said he intends to sue Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Riordáin for defamation after the politician sent a tweet in the wake of the verdicts on Wednesday. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

Solicitors for Paddy Jackson to sue Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Riordáin over comments

Paddy Jackson speaks to the media as he leaves court in Belfast after being found not guilty of a charge of rape. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Juror’s posts under ‘Broadsheet’ article addressed reasons for jury’s decision in the case

Judge Patricia Smyth refused to hear an application by a solicitor acting for The Irish Times and others seeking the lifting of the restrictions. Photograph: Frank Miller

Rugby players rape trial judge ordered reporting curbs to remain in place

Ireland and Ulster rugby player Paddy Jackson (left) with his solicitor Joe McVeigh outside Belfast Crown Court after he was found not guilty of raping a woman. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Defence solicitor says comments pollute public discourse and raise concerns over integrity of process

The four accused in the rape trial of Ireland and Ulster players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been acquitted of all charges

Accused Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding, Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison not guilty on all counts

PSNI Detective Chief Superintendent Paula Hilman (left) paid tribute to the yuoung woman at the centre of the Belfast rape trial, following not guilty verdicts on wednesday. Photograph:  PA Wire

Chief Supt said woman has not expressed any regrets about making the complaint

Paddy Jackson leaving Belfast Crown Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Three of the four Belfast trial defendants were rugby players

The four accused in the rape trial of Ireland and Ulster players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been acquitted of all charges

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding cleared of rape, Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison also acquitted

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding (right) deny the charges against them

Judge tells jurors the accused men’s good character should be taken into account

Paddy Jackson (left) has pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault; Stuart Olding (25) denies one count of rape.

Jurors told ‘not to sit in judgment’ on police or to punish them for perceived failures

Stuart Olding (left) and Paddy Jackson deny the charges against them.

To convict the jurors must be convinced the prosecution has proved all elements of the individual charges

Stuart Olding (left) and Paddy Jackson deny the charges against them.

Judge completes first stage of her address to the jury in the trial of Irish rugby players

Rory Harrison arrives at Belfast Crown Court. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Rory Harrison’s counsel says he is ‘kind, honest and modest’

Counsel for Blane McIlroy claims alleged rape victim trying to protect her reputation

Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart Olding

Stuart Olding counsel says police made a ‘cardinal error’

Life-sentence prisoners are assessed for release by the Parole Board, but the final decision lies with the Minister for Justice. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Study says overall murder rate and media profile of convict are factors in decision

 Ulster and Ireland  player Paddy Jackson is “not trying to play the rugby card,” the jury in his trial has been told. Photograph: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

“So he plays for Ireland? So what? Don’t think he’s trying to play the rugby card’

Paddy Jackson (left) and Stuart Olding arriving at court during the trial.

Lawyers for defence and prosecution make closing arguments in trial of Ireland rugby players

Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson (right)

Prosecution counsel begins closing address to jury at rugby players’ rape trial

 Paddy Jackson arrives at Belfast Crown Court. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Jury has been told it will begin deliberations by late next week

Rory Harrison, who resumed his evidence before Laganside Crown Court on Monday. Photograph: PA

Evidence finishes in trial, closing speeches from counsel to be heard on Wednesday

Rory Harrison is expected to be one of the last witnesses. Photograph: PA

Belfast rape trial: Witness accused of perverting course of justice by misleading police

Rory Harrison is accused of attempting to cover up the alleged rape of a woman. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Rugby player’s friend Rory Harrison denies trying to ‘manage’ woman at centre of case

 Paddy Jackson arriving  at Laganside Magistrates Court on Friday  morning.  Photograph: Pacemaker

Prosecution homes in on discrepancy as accused take the stand

Man accused of exposing himself to woman directly after she was allegedly raped

Blane McIlroy arrives at Belfast Crown Court where he is on trial accused of one count of exposure. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Man accused of exposing himself to a woman directly after she was allegedly raped

Ireland and Ulster rugby player Stuart Olding arriving at Belfast Crown Court  on Thursday.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

Rape accused says not fanciful that he would kiss woman ‘open mouthed’ after she gave teammate oral sex

Ireland and Ulster rugby player Stuart Olding who is on trial accused of raping a woman in June 2016. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Rugby player says reference to ‘she’ meant night out and ‘very loose’ meant good fun

 Paddy Jackson: the Ulster and Ireland rugby player was originally due to give evidence last week but snow, and a sick juror, delayed proceedings. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters/File photo

Ireland player had just finished a successful international tour at the time of alleged rape

Paddy Jackson agreed that after the alleged rape, after just a few hours sleep, he and his friends started drinking again and continued the next day. File photograph: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

Ireland rugby player tells trial he engaged in a ‘threesome or spitroast’ of woman

Paddy Jackson arriving at Laganside Magistrates court. File photograph: Pacemaker

Rugby player tells jury his hobbies include miming to rap and drawing super heroes

Stuart Olding (left) and Paddy Jackson have pleaded not guilty to rape charges at Laganside Crown Court in Belfast. Photographs: Michael Cooper/PA Wire.

Jury members agree to sit on Saturday to make up for lost time in rugby players’ trial

Ireland and Ulster rugby players Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson. Photographs: PA Wire.

Focus on social media texts between rugby players as prosecution completes evidence

Ireland and Ulster rugby players Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson. Photographs: PA Wire.

Failure to test rugby player’s clothing queried before prosecution finished case

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