The LÉ Samuel Beckett passes Cobh on the way back to  Haulbowline after operations  in  the Mediterranean. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

System for launching small craft found to be in bad repair

A large security presence outside the Special Criminal Court in Dublin earlier this year. In 2016, when the second Special Criminal Court began operation, its judges dealt with 60 offences or alleged offences. That dropped to 54 in 2017 and 51 last year. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Caseload has decreased every year since the controversial court was established

Applicants for the post of deputy commissioner must have a policing background and have held the rank of assistant commissioner or equivalent. File photograph: Frank Miller

Applications for the post from outside the Garda will be considered

Minister fo Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said she was concerned with the recent rise in anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Josepha Madigan concerned with recent rise in anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric

Police and army bomb disposal experts at Shandon Park Golf Club in east Belfast after a bomb was found under a car in the car park in June. Photograph: David Young/PA Wire

Men detained in connection with discovery of bomb under car in Shandon Park, Belfast

Legal experts have raised concerns about proposals by Minister for Transport Shane Ross for graduated speeding penalties. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Attorney General and Minister for Justice had already raised concerns about the plans

PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin speaks to the media in Belfast on Monday. Photograph:  Michael McHugh/PA Wire

Bulk of PSNI focus likely to fall on New IRA which is regarded as most dangerous group

In the early hours of August 14th, Gardaí intervened in an attempted ATM robbery in Virginia, Co Cavan. Photograph: Garda press office

Another man being treated in hospital under garda supervision after incident in Virginia

Tom Humphries attending his 2017 trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Former sports writer received a 2½-year sentence for grooming and sexually abusing girl

Nora Quoirin's father Seabastien and mother Meabh at a press conference during the search for their daughter. Photograph: Royal Malaysia Police/Handout via Reuters

‘We are hoping that soon we will have more answers to our many questions’

 Grenadier Guards Captain Robert Nairac talking to children in the Ardoyne area of Belfast in 1977.  Photograph: PA Wire

‘The subsurface was pristine. It was never a gravesite,’ says leading site investigator

The scene in Virginia, Co Cavan, where two men were arrested in connection with an attempted ATM theft. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Gardaí arrest three suspects after gang tried to rip ATM from wall using stolen digger

Portlaoise Prison’s A block houses some of the country’s most dangerous murderers and gangland figures, including several members of the Kinahan crime faction. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Female inmates must ‘go without’ sanitary products at times, internal report states

Proponents of CBD say it helps with anxiety, inflammation, pain and a host of other ailments. Photograph: Getty

Confusion is widespread among sellers and consumers about the legality of product

In June the head of the Naval Service announced the LÉ Eithne and another ship were being put into operational reserve until personnel could be found to adequately man them.

Large guns must be stripped down for maintenance every three months

An announcement last June that the LÉ Eithne and the LÉ Orla, above, were being taken out of active service due to personnel shortages caused considerable anger among Defence Forces personnel

Papers detail efforts by officials to prepare Minister Paul Keogh for media questions

Grenadier Guards Captain Robert Nairac. Photograph: PA Wire

Ex-soldier and film-maker who hired cadaver dogs to find body alerted Garda to location

Nuala Johnson with her daughter Rebecca arrive at the funeral of Richard  Johnson. at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Richard Johnson was unstinting in his support for judicial independence, funeral hears

Dr Bassam Naser: Letters describe him as ‘literally a hero’, ‘unlike anyone I have ever known’ and ‘a vital part of the community’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Documents shows public displeasure at jailing of Sutton GP Dr Bassam Naser for tax evasion

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: correspondence, comprising some 80 messages, seems to reflect a public perception that crime is getting worse and judges are too easy on repeat offenders. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Majority of messages received by department seek harsher punishment of criminals

AGSI general secretary, Inspector John Jacob, handed in his notice to Garda headquarters last week. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

NBCI investigating claims inspector worked as security consultant for Coolmore Stud

Gardaí have referred several people for prosecution for publicly identifying the two boys convicted in June of the murder of teenager Ana Kriégel (pictured).

Files sent to DPP over publication of names and images of minors known as Boy A and Boy B

Courtown Harbour, Co Wexford. A group of young males from Kilkenny are the chief suspects in the alleged sexual attack. Photograph: Frank Miller

Potential eye-witnesses giving investigators muddled or incomplete accounts of the night

Gardaí attempted to stop a car containing two suspects on Cuffe Street, beside St Stephens Green just before midnight on Wednesday. File photograph: Getty Images

Footage shows garda being dragged by car

The boy got the idea for the attack when he was out shopping with his father and realised “anyone could buy a knife”, the Central Criminal Court heard. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Boy continues to pose mortal danger to himself and others, child psychiatrist says

A view along the seafront at Queen’s Road, Dún Laoghaire. Image: Google Maps

Boy later said he was remorseful and called attack ‘cruel, demonic and evil’

General view of Courtown Harbour in Co Wexford. Photograph: Google Street.

Garda sources say group of youths from Kilkenny are chief suspects in incident

An alleged US cocaine dealer f  has asked the Criminal Assets Bureau to donate the money it seized from him 19 years ago to charity. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ex-Dell Computers employee imported high-quality cocaine, court papers claim

Imam Ibrahim Noonan inpsects the damage at Maryam Mosque, Ballybane, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Imam Noonan was warned that a group was planning an attack on the mosque

Love Island winners Greg O’Shea and Amber Gill. Photograph: ITV/Twitter

Irish rugby player and model from Newcastle beat three other couples in the final

The dildo, which is  believed to have been owned by a wealthy Anglo-Irish household, challenges myths about Irish people being repressed, says Shawna Scott.

Antique dildo - believed to be the same sold in 2017 for €3,200 - is purchased for a fifth of the price

Keith Byrne with his wife Keren. The Cork man remains optimistic that his status in the US could be normalised.

Irish man was scared by arrest in US but remains hopeful of avoiding deportation

The sawn-off shotgun gardaí recovered from Ballymun. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

No one injured in incident and gardaí recover sawn-off shotgun from Dublin street

Crowds attending the 2019 Fortnite World Cup Finals  at Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York City.  Photograph: Getty Images

Best of 40m competitors worldwide face off at e-sports tournament in New York

An allegation of assault on a girl at one of the Hyde & Seek creches was made to gardaí  in recent weeks.

Complaint was made around two weeks ago and predates the RTÉ Investigates broadcast

The inquiry report was reviewed by the Attorney General, who cleared it for publication. Photograph: Getty Images

Staff exceeded remit and engaged in unacceptable practices, Minister for Justice says

 Hyde & Seek creche on Shaw Street in Dublin. Many parents are going to be extremely concerned when they see the footage, but it is important they are aware most creches operate to a high standard, Dr Moloney said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dr Mary Moloney ‘shocked’ at poor safety procedures highlighted by RTÉ documentary

Photograph: iStock

Creche owner says parents should know their rights and ask questions

Screengrab shows owner Anne Davy holding a child down at sleep time at Hyde & Seek Creche on Tolka Road. Image: RTÉ

RTÉ reporter found crowding, poorly trained staff, cheap meals and instances of poor care

John Hutch’s coffin is carried to the Church of the Holy Family on Aughrim Street, Dublin. A brother of Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch, John Hutch died after an accident in his Stoneybatter home. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Celebrant speaks of deceased’s resilience in wake of the death of his son and his brother

A Garda inspector who is accused of acting as a security consultant for Coolmore Stud in Tipperary in his spare time has been interviewed.

AGSI member is accused of acting as a security consultant in his spare time

The Law Reform Commission (LRC) has declined to recommend additional legal protections for journalists who report on court proceedings.

Law Reform Commission says such a measure could reduce standard of reporting on cases

Two teenaged boys were convicted of murdering 14-year-old Ana Kriégel in a derelict farmhouse in Lucan in May 2018.

Only five members of press will be allowed in court for sentencing hearing on October 29th

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: ‘It’s important that as well as education and healthcare that we have a more comprehensive mental health service within our prison system.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Psychiatrists and psychologists needed on prison staffs, Minister says

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: “It is a real challenge for Irish officials or people acting on behalf of the Irish state to enter one of the most challenging areas of conflict in the world”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Dundalk woman and daughter being held in Al-Hawl displacement camp in Syria

Barbecue area in Helsinki’s Suomenlinna Island prison: Most prisoners spend the day restoring and maintaining the fortress for €8 an hour or attending courses in the city. Photograph: Conor Gallagher

Does Suomenlinna Island jail hold the secret to having EU’s lowest imprisonment rate?

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: Ireland’s asylum system is ‘under some stress’, he said. ‘We all know the numbers for direct provision.’ Photograph: Crispin Rodwell for The Irish Times

Finnish proposal would see EU countries take share of migrants rescued from sea

Publications about abortion will be removed from the banned books list following the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Update of register to reflect legal position following repeal of Eighth Amendment

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: promises a “clear response” to the High Court ruling. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Continuous residence decision ‘has alarmed many interested parties’, says Minister

Part of firearms cache recovered in raid on fake business in Rathcoole, Co Dublin, in 2017.

Garda operation discovered firearms and ‘murder kits’ being stored for crime gang

The arsenal included handguns laid out on a piece of cardboard, primed, armed and ready to be used, gardaí said.

Detectives say Greenogue arsenal was biggest organised crime arms find in State’s history

Boy A and Boy B were convicted of murdering 14-year-old Ana Kriégel in a derelict farmhouse in Lucan in May 2018.

Judge says it is ‘extremely important court has all the relevant assistance for sentencing’

The Minister of State at the Department of Health, Jim Daly, was told during a visit to Dublin’s Cloverhill Prison that it was a ‘wholly inappropriate’ place for people with severe mental illness. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government urged to cease ‘harrowing’ practice of locking up people with severe mental illness

Methadone is an opioid derivative most commonly prescribed to heroin users to help reduce addiction. File photograph: Getty

Most common cause of narcotic poisoning among youngsters under 13 is methadone

Ireland had a homicide rate of 0.9 per 100,000 people in 2017. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Organised crime was a motive for 19% of all murders recorded globally

The Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Co Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Six patients conditionally released into community under strict supervision

LE Emer’s role has encompassed maritime defence and security, ocean governance, safety and surveillance; port security, fishery protection, drug interdiction, pollution control and search and rescue.   Photograph: Irish Naval Service LE Emer’s role has encompassed maritime defence and security, ocean governance, safety and surveillance; port security, fishery protection, drug interdiction, pollution control and search and rescue.   Photograph: Irish Naval Service

Some Defence Forces staff now see Minister Paul Kehoe as antagonistic

Training for the diving section is among the most strenuous in the Defence Forces.

Specialist unit is now reduced to less than one -quarter of its operational strength

Naval Service’s flagship the LÉ Eithne has been withdrawn from service

Naval Service will not participate in any new humanitarian operations

Irish Navy’s LÉ Eithne: plays key role in monitoring maritime smugglers who travel around the north of Ireland to mainland Europe in an effort to avoid detection.

LÉ Eithne and LÉ Orla may be in port for up to 18 months leaving Irish waters unguarded

 Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe said there would be ‘huge challenges’ with staffing in the Naval Service throughout the year. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Defence Forces insists two ships docked due to lack of staff while Minister cites maintenance

Lisa Smith in BBC news interview: plans  to extract the suspected Isis supporter from a camp two months ago were  rejected

US officials had agreed to assist in operation to extract suspected Isis supporter from Syria

Flowers left on a bench, which was unveiled by the parents of murdered schoolgirl Ana Kriégel, at a ceremony last weekend on the grounds of the Leixlip Manor Hotel, Co Kildare. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Court hearing contempt proceedings against Facebook and Twitter over naming of boys

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe and Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe announced an increase in the military service allowance paid to virtually all members of the Defence Forces of 10 per cent. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Teachers seeking reversal of cuts made to their allowances on foot of deal with military

 The PDForra representative group is still “deeply concerned” with the Government’s approach to pay restoration. File photograph: Alan Betson

Offer unlikely to stop ‘haemorrhaging’ of personnel seen in recent years, TD claims

Patric and Geraldine Kriegel at the planting of a tree and the unveiling of a bench and plaque in memory of their daughter, Ana, in the grounds of the Leixlip Manor Hotel. Photograph:  Crispin Rodwell

‘The solid foundations on which we stood are shattered,’ priest tells prayer service

A burnt out car, thought to be a getaway vehicle, is seen at Huntstown Wood near the scene of a shooting in Castlecurragh Heath,  Mulhuddart. Photograph by Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times.

Foreign national shot three times but was able to speak to paramedics at scene

Dublin Drug Treatment Court on Green Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Critics of the system point to low graduation rates, although others cite hidden benefits

Key evidence in the Ana Kriégel murder trial came from Boy A’s boots, CCTV footage, a roll of Tescon tape, Boy A’s ‘murder kit’, and Ana’s parents, Patric and Geraldine Kriégel

Much of the circumstantial evidence suggested guilt, but these key pieces stood out

Ana Kriégel: Gardaí have stepped up patrols around the family homes of the two boys convicted of her murder, amid worries they may be targeted by vigilantes. Photograph: RTÉ News

Images of Boy A and B shared on social media, despite anonymity order

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris is aware of the variations in sick leave and restricted duties and has ordered research into the causes.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Garda Commissioner has ordered research into causes for high number of gardaí on light duties

Social media companies have been removing images that purport to identify the boys convicted of murdering schoolgirl Ana Kriégel from their platforms.

DPP says social media firms responsible for sharing of images of convicted teenagers

Boy A and Boy B were found guilty by a jury on Tuesday of murdering Ana Kriégel last year. Photograph: RTÉ News

Images claiming to show two boys have circulated widely on WhatsApp and social media

Ana Kriégel loved to sing and at the time at the time of her death was planning on learning the guitar. Photograph from RTÉ

Teenager was strong and tall, ‘a typical Siberian,’ her mother told the trial

Evidence of pornography on the phones of one of the accused - Boy A - was excluded from the jury.

Evidence the jury did not hear included details of searches for ‘child porn’ and ‘animal porn’ on boy’s phone

 Brendan Grehan SC, the prosecuting barrister in the Ana Kriegel murder trial,  said he did not support a full ban on reporting. Photograph: Collins Courts

Mr Justice Paul McDermott to hear contempt of court case against Irish Daily Mail on July 4th

Ana Kriégel

Two 14-year-olds become youngest people in history of State to be convicted of murder

Two 14-year-old boys have been convicted of murdering 14-year-old schoolgirl Ana Kriégel in Dublin last year

Jury returns guilty verdicts on all three charges after 14½ hours of deliberation

Ana Kriégel:  found dead in a derelict farmhouse outside the village of Lucan, Co Dublin, on May 14th last year. Photogaph: Family handout

Two boys are accused of murdering 14-year-old schoolgirl in west Dublin last year

Ana Kriégel was found dead in a derelict farmhouse outside Lucan, Co Dublin, on May 14th, 2018.

Two 14-year-old boys are accused of killing schoolgirl in Lucan in May of last year

Ana Kriégel was found dead in a derelict farmhouse outside Lucan, Co Dublin, on May 14th, 2018.

Two teenagers on trial for murdering schoolgirl (14) in Lucan, Co Dublin

Jurors in the case were told they are here as judges of fact. Above, schoolgirl Ana Kriégel.

Case involves ‘very, very strong emotions,’ says Mr Justice Paul McDermott

Ana Kriégel was found dead in a derelict farmhouse outside Lucan, Co Dublin, on May 14th, 2018.

Defence counsel Damian Colgan SC said Boy B lied to gardaí because he was traumatised

Ana Kriégel was found dead in a derelict farmhouse outside Lucan, Co Dublin, on May 14th, 2018.

Defence counsel says case against defendant is based almost entirely on circumstantial evidence

Inspectors deemed the facility inadequate and found patients were not treated ‘with dignity, compassion or respect’.

Six Irish juveniles are in St Andrew’s Healthcare Adolescent Service in Northampton

Ana Kriégel was found dead in a derelict farmhouse outside Lucan, Co Dublin, on May 14th, 2018.

Jury told entirety of case against Boy B comes straight from his own mouth

Ana Kriegel was found dead in a derelict farmhouse outside Lucan, Co Dublin, on May 14th, 2018.

Prosecution concludes its evidence in trial of two boys accused of murder following five weeks

The appointment of Commissioner Drew Harris in September last year has been associated with an increased focus on discipline within the force. File photograph: Frank Miller

Twenty-one members of force sidelined last year – up from nine in 2017, figures indicate

 Ana Kriegel who was found dead in a derelict farmhouse outside  Lucan, Co Dublin, on May 14th, 2018.

Witness says Boy B told him he was worried that Boy A had tried to ‘snake him’

Det Garda Donal Daly gave evidence about a copybook with details of a satanic pledge being found in a bedroom of one of the boys accused of murdering Ana Kriégel (14). Photograph: Collins Courts.

Boy B told gardaí he set up club and called it a ‘satanic cult’ as he did not want some people to join

Anastasia Kriégel who was found dead in a derelict farmhouse outside Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Family handout

Boy B told gardaí Boy A wore ‘zombie’ mask during attack for ‘whole incident’, trial hears

The body of Ana Kriégel (14) was found in a front room of a farmhouse in Lucan, Co Dublin on May 17th, 2018

Boy B said 14-year-old girl was ‘crying, begging,’ asking Boy A to ‘stop, not to hurt her’

Anastasia Kriégel who was found dead in a derelict farmhouse outside Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Family handout

Boy told detectives he heard Ana say ‘no, no, don’t do this’ to co-accused

Boy B told the court he left Ana Kreigel and Boy A and was walking away when he heard the scream.

During ten hours of interviews Boy B gave gardaí varying versions of his movements

 Anastasia Kriégel who was found dead in a derelict farmhouse outside  Lucan, Co Dublin. Photograph: Family handout

Court hears boy told gardaí he made up ‘fake story’ in initial interviews

Ana Kriégel whose body was discovered in a vacant farmouse in Lucan, Dublin on May 17th, 2018.

Boy B also said Boy A was ‘not a rational thinker’, trial hears

The body of Ana Kriégel (14) was found in a front room of a farmhouse in Lucan, Co Dublin on May 17th, 2018.

Jury watching video interviews conducted with Boy B on May 24th, 2018

Ana Kriégel was found dead in Lucan in May 2018, three days after she went missing.

Forensic expert says accused’s DNA found in semen staining on top found near girl’s body

  JP O’Brien is the owner  of Little Collins Dispensary in Galway city,  where  €10,000 worth of plant produce was confiscated last week. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Confusion among sellers and consumers about the legality of the cannabis derivative

Boy A has pleaded not guilty to the murder and sexual assault “involving serious violence” of Ana Kriégel on May 14th, 2018

Boot print on schoolgirl’s hoodie was ‘similar’ to pattern of boots worn by Boy A, trial hears

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