Lord Mayor Hazel Chu (Green Party): was harassed and racially abused. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hazel Chu says she fears for her daughter’s safety after messages from far-right groups

 A Garda checkpoint on Usher’s Quay, Dublin city centre: Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and Minister for Justice Helen McEntee paid tribute to the new gardaí for signing up during such a difficult period. Photograph: Collins

Programme saw trainees spend less time in classrooms during pandemic

The Merrion Square entrance to Leinster House was reopened shortly afterwards. File photograph: Alan Betson

Garda apprehends individual after he attempted to breach security at Dublin complex

HSE chief clinical officer Colm Henry at the GP practice nurse mass vaccination clinic in Portlaoise  on Saturday. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nphet records 2,001 further cases while Donnelly says 94,000 have received vaccine

Gardaí man a  checkpoint  at Merchant’s Quay in Dublin. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

‘There is a lesson not being learned here. The message isn’t getting through’

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information about the attack on Friday evening to come forward. File photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Victim pushed to ground and kicked while out for walk in Balbriggan, Dublin

The number of people caught driving under the influence of cocaine spiked significantly when the State entered lockdown in March and April. Photograph: iStock

Cannabis remains most commonly detected substance by gardaí targeting drug-driving

It is an offence to refuse to wear a face covering in certain areas, including on public transport and in retail outlets, unless the person has a valid reason or is a child. File photograph: Getty

Alleged assault with a weapon occurred in Sligo town on Saturday evening

Fr Michael Kelly, pictured in Dublin in 2008. Photograph: Joe Humphreys/The Irish Times

Jesuit priest, who has died aged 91, remembered for his intellect, ‘positivity and compassion’

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson announced he was scrapping the UK  ‘travel corridor’ system in light of increasing Covid-19 infection rates. Photo by Dominic Lipinski /  AFP via Getty Images

Irish travellers will not have to quarantine on arrival

Cars  line up at the RocDoc rapid Covid test centre based  at Dublin Airport on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Anyone who arrived into State from Brazil is urged to self-isolate and identify for testing

Regina Coeli Hostel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

From overcrowding to no running water, infant mortality were high in many homes

In 1934, a man sued, alleging his 23-year-old daughter, who was resident at Sean Ross, had been mistreated, leading to her death, the report states. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tipperary home had exceptionally high infant mortality rate, even for the time

Gardaí have received a range of enew Covid-19 enforcement powers. Photograph: Stephen Collins/ Collins/ File

Gardaí receive range of new powers to enforce coronavirus measures

Protesters at Blanchardstown Garda Station in the wake of the killing of George Nkencho. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Once-strong relationship between gardaí and west Dublin community has worsened

Flowers and a damaged window at the home of George Nkencho in Clonee, west Dublin, where he was shot multiple times by gardaí.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gardaí shot suspect following assault on shopkeeper and threats to officers

Whistleblower Noel McGree accused some prison staff of targeting him with intimidation and threats at the Midlands Prison. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Whistleblower accuses some personnel of stealing prison property and selling or keeping it

Demonstrators  during a protest for George Nkencho at Blanchardstown Garda station, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Mail sent to relatives of young man shot dead by police last week is to be fingerprinted

 Gardaí check motorists  on the N11 last year. Photograph: Bryan O Brien / The Irish Times

Short-term randomised mobile operation aims to encourage motorists to turn back

Protesters outside Blanchardstown Garda station on Monday, following the killing of George Nkencho outside his home on December 30th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Gloria Nkencho will tell Gsoc she informed gardaí her brother had mental health issues

Gardaí were called to Allenswood South at 3.49am following reports of a public order incident/assault. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Father of two named as Mark Loughlin from Offaly

People at a candlelit vigil in Dublin for George Nkencho. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Retired garda urges people not to judge incident based on phone footage lacking context

Protestors at Blanchardstown Garda Station on Thursday morning after the shooting dead by gardaí of George Nkencho (27). Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Protest outside Blanchardstown Garda station after death of George Nkencho (27)

The Armed Support Unit was called to the scene after reports that a man involved in a standoff with gardaí was armed with a knife. Photograph: The Irish Times

Specialist officers called to lengthy standoff after reports suspect was armed with a knife

Outgoing GRA president Jim Mulligan says militancy in the organisation includes ‘calls for industrial action at the height of a pandemic’. Photograph: Conor Ó Mearáin

Lobbying body ‘needs to be looked into before it spins out of control’ – Mulligan

The President has signed into law a Bill criminalising the sharing of intimate images without the subjects’ consent. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

‘Coco’s Law’ is named for Nicole Fox, who took her own life after online harassment

Reports of domestic violence have increased sharply during the pandemic. Photograph: iStock

Remote hearings will be possible from at least 26 women’s refuges under new plan

Keane Mulready Woods (17): Gardaí feared his murder in January would spark a gangland killing spree.

2020 in review: In almost every crime trend, the pandemic was the primary driving factor

The men were rescued by the Coastguard shortly after abandoning the FV Kayleigh,   based out of Skibbereen, Co Cork. Photograph: Irish Coast Guard / PA

FV Kayleigh presumed to have sunk off Cork coast following blaze onboard

Tthe Irish Prison Service (IPS) said the reduced numbers receiving temporary release is a result of several factors, including a reduced prison population “leading to a reduced pool of eligible prisoners.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Just 36 inmates being released for festive period down from 113 last year

Mahmoud Bazzi  (pictured) has been found guilty of the murders Pte Thomas Barrett and Pte Derek Smallhorne on April 18th, 1980 who were part of a Unifil mission. Photograph: AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Brian Kaufman

Mahmoud Bazzi (76) jailed for 15 years by military tribunal in Lebanon

Under Level 3 restriction, pubs must serve a substantial meal, prepared on the premises, in order to serve alcohol. They must also close at 11.30pm and comply with other public health measures. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gardaí find pubs with up to 200 people on-site with no food or social distancing

Daniel Kinahan, who founded MTK in 2012. Photograph: Collins

Civil case taken under anti-organised crime laws

A sharp decline in burglaries was noticeable in the Central Statistic Office data. File photograph: Getty

One of the few crime categories to show an increase was drugs and weapon possession

Facebook  submitted that online communication was already covered by the existing Prohibition on the Incitement to Hatred Act 1989. Photograph: iStock

Technology companies worried about ‘onerous obligations’

Ferries will continue to run to keep supply-chains open. However these will not carry ordinary passengers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Government announced a complete ban on flights from Britain for at least 48 hours

The event was ‘a disgraceful gathering of persons, despite the health advices in the last few days,’ the Garda said, quoting an inspector who attended the scene. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Man (20s) arrested, one vehicle seized during event with little evidence of social distancing

Students read out the names of Holocaust victims on National Holocaust Memorial Day, at Mansion House, Dublin, in 2018. Photograph: Tom Honan

Officials believe State must comply with international obligations on hate speech

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee. Photograph: Department of the Taoiseach

Law will target those who ‘intentionally or recklessly’ incite hate

Under Government proposals, the sharing or retweeting of hateful speech on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter would be a crime, even if the person sharing it was not the author. Photograph: Denis Charlet/AFP via Getty Images

Government plans to protect social-media companies from prosecution

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee to produce draft legislation  to strengthen  State’s ability to tackle hate speech levelled against minorities.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Stronger sentences planned for offences motivated by hate for ethnic or religious group

Bilal Ahmed shows scars from a knife wound he sustained in a racial attack outside his takeaway on Clanbrassil Street in Dublin.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Incoming legislation on hate speech likely to generate significant debate

Members of the Defence Forces pass the GPO during a ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson

Commission will examine forces’ future but many within military fear its scope is limited

‘Ghosting’ typically involves someone lying in the road with a sheet over them to cause oncoming cars to stop or take notice. Photograph: iStock

Warning follows recent incident in south in which girl was injured and taken to hospital

Woman has been taken to Ballymun Garda station where she can be held for a maximum of seven days before charge or release. Photograph: iStock

Arrest linked to Revenue operation targeting smuggling of drugs into country

Nurse May Parsons administers the Pfizer/BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine to Margaret Keenan at University Hospital in Coventry, central England, on December 8th. Photograph: Jacob King/Getty

High Level Vaccine Taskforce expected to issue report to Government

A pharmacist  trains to handle Pfizer’s coronavirus disease  vaccine in Queens, New York. Photograph:  Andrew Lichtenstein/ EPA

IMO warns of lack of clarity as vaccine taskforce prepares to issue plan to Government

Consumers have been warned to be wary of clicking on potentially fraudulent messages regarding parcel deliveries in the run-up to Christmas. Image: iStock.

Garda says it has had ‘numerous reports’ of people falling victim to text and email fraud

On public transport, a “relevant person”, has legal authority to tell someone to wear a mask. Photograph: iStock

Gardaí told to give people several chances to comply before taking action

Plan to be discussed by Ministers today will consider a dozen different population cohorts for first priority group

A total of 22 prisoners have contracted the virus to date

Priority for prisoners would likely cause public upset as groups lobby for access

Friends and family gathered at Baggot Street Bridge, Dublin, on Monday to mark the 20th anniversary of Trevor Deely’s disappearance. Photograph: Collins Photos

Fresh appeal for information about missing man last seen on Haddington Road in Dublin

Two men, aged 40 and 31, were charged in Ronanstown Garda Station on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Garda say deceased was victim of serious assault two weeks before death

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission opened an investigation into the death of Det Supt Colm Fox shortly after his death in 2018.  File photograph: Dave Meehan

Edel Fox lodged case against the Garda Síochána and the State last week

Two young gardaí required medical treatment over the weekend. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Both men were discharged from hospital and are recovering at home

The regulator for medical products has urged people to be vigilant for fake Covid-19 vaccines as the Government finalises its distribution plans. Photograph: BioNTech SE 2020/PA Wire

Notice comes as Europol warns member states about risk of criminals hijacking vaccine shipments for onward sale

A Garda cocaine seizure last year

Ireland should help poorer nations to intercept cocaine on its behalf, paper states

The study, by Lieutenant Brian Clarke, appeared in the 2020 Defence Forces Review, a yearly journal published by the Defence Forces. File  Photograph: Alan Betson

Relationship between military and civil service described as ‘toxic’

“Fostering and increasing diversity and inclusion in our organisation is not only the right thing to do, but also improves service delivery by benefiting from the talents and life experience of people of all backgrounds,” said Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

New diversity strategy aims to make Garda a more welcoming workplace

Two life-sentence prisoners were recalled to resume serving their sentences behind bars for breaching the conditions of their release. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Longest term served was 28 years, while the shortest was 14

Face masks on the Luas: Near-total compliance on trams and Dublin Buses travelled on by The Irish Times, where the vast majority complied on boarding and during the journey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Retailers take pragmatic approach to avoid potential legal action over ‘severe distress’

The accused was  remanded  in custody to appear again before Cloverhill District Court next Thursday.

Deceased, who can’t be identified due to reporting restrictions, were found in their Dublin home

Former Irish swimming coach George Gibney: two people who were coached by Mr Gibney contacted gardaí after hearing the Where is George Gibney? podcast published by BBC Sounds. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Two fresh allegations added to inquiry already under way into former swimming coach

Encrypted phones which can be remotely cleared of data now being used in organised crime, say Garda. Photograph: iStock

Personnel to be hired from technology firms and new decryption machines to be used

Since 2016, there has been a 56 per cent jump in the number of people imprisoned while awaiting trial or sentencing for “public order offences and other social code offences”. Photograph: David Sleator

Homelessness and judges’ ‘misguided paternalism’ blamed for increase

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said the legislation should become law by the end of the year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Offenders face up to seven years in prison under legislation originally drafted by Labour

The Irish Prison Service says it accepts the need for urgent improvements in mental health care for inmates following the publication of a highly critical report from a European inspection body.  File image: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

European group’s report highlighted serious failings in how some prionsers are treated

The prisoner had not been let out of the cell at Cloverhill Prison once and the door was opened only for the sole purpose of passing in food. File photograph: The Irish Times

Mentally ill inmate found in lamentable state by European Committee for Prevention of Torture

The number of people arrested for the sale or supply of drugs so far this year stands at about 5,100.

Garda Commissioner urges victims of drug debt intimidation to come forward

A pilot project found one shop in the Dublin 8 area was subjected to six armed robberies in one year.

Reporting tool grants people ‘safety in numbers’ rather than relying solely on individuals to report crimes

A large number of people came into Cork city centre to socialise on Saturday night, with few seen maintaining a social distance, gardaí said, but there were few instances of drunkenness or public order issues. Image: Facebook/Ali Hamou.

Gardaí say central Dublin busy but crowds coming together to drink alcohol down

Victims’ Alliance  said it had uncovered thousands of sexual images of Irish people being shared on internet forums this week. Photograph: Getty Images

Potential harassment and child pornography offences to be examined

  Agsi  said its General Secretary Antoinette Cunningham had made inquiries with Garda Headquarters about a successor to the Public Service Stability Agreement    but was told “there is no meeting for staff associations imminent.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Current public pay agreement to expire at end of 2020

The search operation was conducted as part of the Criminal Assets Bureau’s investigation into events  including  the harassment of senior officials of   Quinn Industrial Holdings which has offices in Derrylin Co Fermanagh. File photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

The Bureau is targeting assets of a border region organised crime group

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said she intends to bring legislation to Cabinet to  make it illegal to share “intimate images” without   consent.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Announcement follows alleged leaking of thousands of images on Irish women online

Drink- and drug-driving arrests have increased significantly this year, despite the coronavirus lockdowns. Photograph:   Frank Miller

Error in Road Traffic Act spotted four years after the legislation was introduced

Graham Dwyer was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of 36-year-old childcare worker Elaine O’Hara in August 2012. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Convicted killer had challenged use of phone data showing how he planned murder

Crime scene and pathology evidence has not yet revealed the detail of Seema Banu’s and her two children’s deaths. File photograph: The Irish Times

Investigating officers still trying to piece together circumstances of the three fatalities

 Garda checkpoint due to Covid-19 restrictions. File photograph: Bryan O Brien

Concerns move may reduce current high level of compliance and appear ‘inconsistent’

 Séamus Woulfe: found himself at the centre of controversy following his attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society Clifden dinner in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Former attorney general involved in some of the most important cases of 1990s

The gang used young people of various nationalities as money mules, paying them small amounts of money to put stolen cash through their accounts before transferring it on again.

Gardaí believe gang laundered €14.6m in stolen money through Irish accounts between 2015 and 2017

The garda was present at an event in Newbridge, Co Kildare to announce the opening of a murder investigation of the case of Kilkenny woman JoJo Dullard who went missing 25 years ago. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Garda attended media briefing while awaiting test which later came back positive

Comdt Luke Foley joined the Defence Forces in 2002

Comdt Luke Foley takes over from Comdt Shane Keogh as head of Raco

A Garda spokesman confirmed that the eight members were suspended earlier on Saturday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Move comes after lengthy inquiry by team of officers at Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation

There have now been Covid-19 cases in prisoners in four facilities around the country. File photograph: Collins Dublin

Irish Prison Service says it is working closely with HSE and contact tracing is ongoing

Gardaí at the scene on Auburn Street in Phibsborough, Dublin 7, this evening. Photograph:  Collins

Gardaí believe victim may have quarrelled with someone known to him prior to death

Currently the Irish Air Corps provides top cover in many SAR missions, using its CASA maritime patrol aircraft. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Air Corps to be excluded from future search and rescue work as service goes out to tender

Berlin’s Central Station: The German authorities went to purchase 10 million face masks online from a legitimate company in Spain, but scammers had cloned the company’s website. Photograph: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/ Bloomberg

Detectives believe businessman thought he was taking part in legitimate deal

Four men aged between 20 and 50 and one teenager have been arrested

Gardaí uncover ‘sophisticated cannabis cultivation operation’

Prison management is confident it has contained the outbreak  at the Midlands Prison. Photograph: Collins Dublin

Five prisoners and 11 staff have confirmed cases of coronavirus so far

The fight is believed to be related to an inter-gang dispute over drug dealing in the area. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Incident occurred during a brawl between two groups at about 2pm

Under the new system, those who refuse to wear a mask or who engage in non-essential travel will face initial fines of between €60 and €100. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fines will range from about €60 to €2,500 for breaches

 Children set off fireworks at a Halloween bonfire in Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gardaí have seized €35,490 worth of fireworks so far this year, an increase on 2019

A number of members of staff and inmates at Midlands Prison are self-isolating after being exposed to a positive case .Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Inmates and staff tested in first recorded spread of virus in prison of pandemic

The Bar Council recognised that devils’ attendance at court had been ‘significantly impacted’ by the pandemic. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

One apprentice complains of being ‘roared at’ to leave due to Covid-19 restrictions

Indian Ambassador to Ireland, Sandeep Kumar places flowers at the house at Llewellyn Court, Ballinteer where a young mother and her two children were found dead on Wednesday. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Staff at local school attended by the children receiving psychological support

 LÉ Eithne: one of two vessels currently tied up due to manpower shortages. Photograph: Defence Forces Press Office

Covid-19 illness and retention crisis curbing crew members and operation of navy vessels

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