Members of Republican Sinn Féin stand on Dublin’s O’Connell Street  during their Easter Rising commemoration on Monday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Members of Republican Sinn Féin, 32 County Sovereignty groups marched through Dublin

Members of Saoradh after they marched in Dublin city centre on Saturday afternoon. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Ireland has remarkably few laws governing public demonstrations despite the number that occur

Gardaí and workmen at the scene of a double ATM robbery on Main Street in  Kells, Co Meath. The ATMs were ripped from the walls of the banks. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

An estimated €200,000 had been removed from machines stolen from banks in Kells

Children out cycling near their home in Ballinasloe when they were hit by a car

Scene of a double ATM robbery in Kells, Co Meath: While thieves in Ireland use diggers and SUVs, gangs elsewhere use methods such as gas canisters or solid explosives. Photograph: Colin Keegan

In 2018, 4,549 acts like Ireland’s digger-assisted robberies occurred across 20 countries

An investigation into whistleblower claims of covert surveillance in the country’s prisons has been completed. File photograph: Getty Images

Investigation was ordered following whistleblower’s claims of covert operations in prisons

Last year 236 old Garda vehicles were withdrawn and replaced with only 205 new ones. Photograph: Frank Miller

Force sees sixfold increase in spending on hire cars, including for State security unit

Gardaí search for evidence in Corduff Grove in west Dublin following a shooting incident outside a nearby school earlier this month. File photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

Two gun attacks within two hours of each other linked to northwest Dublin drugs strife

Statistics show historic sexual abuse continues to make up a large proportion of reported sex crime with a quarter of victims of sexual violence  reporting abuse which occurred at least 10 years ago. Image: iStock.

Females were victims in 69% of older cases reported, compared to 89% of recent incidents

Some €31,500 in cash was seized during the raids. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Bank account frozen and documentation taken from solicitor and accountant as gang targetted

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: weapons licences were granted to  protect “certain persons such as visiting dignitaries and others, when travelling to this State”. Photograph: James Forde

SF wants ‘clarity’ on foreign police officers and bodyguards carrying firearms in State

Allegations that the garda inspector was doing security work for Coolmore Stud in Co Tipperary first surfaced in 2016 and then again in 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Allegations of inspector doing work at Coolmore Stud surfaced in 2016 and again in 2017

Former FAI chief executive John Delaney leaving Leinster House after appearing at the Oireachtas Sports Committee. Photograph: Laura Hutton

The Kerins case is significant, but one constitutional law expert believes it does not go as far as some politicians seem to think

Former High Court president Nicholas Kearns speaking at the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB). Photograph: Conor McCabe

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns likens those who say problem does not exist to climate change deniers

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris was travelling in a PSNI vehicle which was hit by a security bollard as it entered Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park two weeks ago. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Bollard at Garda Headquarters damaged vehicle due to malfunction

A  Garda spokeswoman declined to confirm the scenes of crime role will be civilianised but said the impact of civilisation has been ‘a key consideration for Garda management’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

About 150 Garda examiners to be replaced by civilians this year

Couple’s legal case against Garda asks  that  the computer be examined immediately. Photograph: Frank Miller

Hold up in analysing parents’ computer means their children may be taken into care

Minister of State Finian McGrath and Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Mr McGrath apologised for accusing gardaí of carrying out ‘over-the-top’ drink-driving checks because they oppose new road safety laws. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Wider use of Garda checkpoints seen as a factor in higher number of drivers caught

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: his judgment has been questioned over his remaining in a PSNI vehicle after crossing the Border from the North. Photograph: Tom Honan

Revelation comes amid concern at Drew Harris’s transportation south in PSNI vehicle

In 2010, young people in Ireland were the biggest users of head shop drugs in Europe, with 7 per cent admitting to using the substances within the last year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Admissions fell nearly 20% in two years after strict laws introduced, research shows

The Courts of Criminal Justice on Parkgate St, Dublin. Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesman Mr Jim O’Callaghan has introduced a private members bill to increase the maximum sentence from 10 years to life imprisonment. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Maximum sentence for plotting to murder should be more than ten years says FF

Speaking from the Al-Hawl refugee camp, Lisa Smith said she misses Ireland. Photograph: ITV News

Lisa Smith wants to come back to Ireland where people have ‘good manners’

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: security has been significantly stepped up for Mr Harris due to his previous role in the PSNI and the suspected threat from dissident paramilitary groups. Photograph: Alan Betson

PSNI vehicle carrying Harris damaged by security bollards

The abuse is alleged to have occurred at a GAA ground and at other locations between 2004 and 2009.

Suspect accused of abusing two children over five year period

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris announced new rules about Garda uniform on Wednesday. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Decision aimed at driving recruitment of ethnic minorities

Gardaí said the infant’s death is not believed to be suspicious. File photograph: Getty Images

Wexford garda are not treating death as suspicious

Dublin footballer Philly McMahon at Mountjoy Prison, where he delivered a TEDx talk to about 100 guests and inmates in the prison’s chapel on Tuesday. Photograph: Maxwell

GAA star Philly McMahon unveils radical new rehabilitation programme for offenders

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) was dealing with 36 separate complaints from garda whistleblowers at the start of this year, two thirds of which were lodged last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Garda watchdog currently working through 36 separate allegations of wrongdoing

 Gardaí conduct searchs of vehicles, drains and houses on Corduff Grove. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

Nobody injured in suspected murder attempt at Riversdale Community College

Irish rugby player Paddy Jackson after being found not quilty of a charge of rape, on March 28th, 2018. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The North is seeing reforms, but the impact of the Jackson and Olding case is limited

Garda sources say the vast majority of  knives  seized were from young people during stop-and-search operations. Photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí believe young people are carrying knives as they fear being attacked over drug debts

Operation Hybrid has so far carried out 73,000 armed checkpoints across the city in an effort to foil feud-related killings. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It is understood arrests of men aged between 24-38 are connected to ongoing Kinahan-Hutch feud

Eamonn Lillis: Despite his conviction for his wife’s manslaughter, Lillis later won the right to a 50 per cent share of their assets. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Committee told of need for law stopping killers benefiting financially

Hepatitis C is common among drug users and is often spread through the sharing of dirty needles.

Study says hospital based treatment not suitable for homeless sufferers

Gardaí are searching for a four-man gang which broke into a house in Co Laois and left a man with serious injuries.

Gang armed with sledge hammers and screwdrivers assault five people during burglary

A woman in Al-Hawl camp in northeast Syria. Photograph: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

Alleged Isis supporter is being held under armed guard in part of Al-Hawl camp

A woman in Al-Hawl camp in northeast Syria. Photograph: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

Alleged Isis supporter is being held under armed guard in part of Al-Hawl camp

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

Gardaí handed Eric Eoin Marques (33) to the FBI after six year legal battle

Lisa Smith travelled to northern Syria four years ago, where she married an Isis fighter, who was later killed. Photograph: CNN

Direct intervention being contemplated as violence increases in Al-Hawl camp

Stephanie Ng (27), a slightly-built south Dublin woman of Malaysian descent, relayed her recollections at the Central Criminal Court on Monday. Photograph: Collins Courts.

‘I was in denial to accept a young, teenage boy premeditated to kill me’

‘I think the people here should realise all the people here are not terrorists,’ Lisa Smith told CNN. Photograph: CNN

‘I’m already in prison’, says Dundalk native suspected of association with Isis

FAI official John Delaney during Saturday’s European Championship qualifier against Gibraltar at Victoria Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Outgoing chief executive’s new salary will be about €120,000 after ‘substantial’ pay cut

The research is likely to play a significant role in the ongoing debate on the decriminalisation of cannabis and other drugs in Ireland. Photograph: David Bebber/Reuters

Research contradicts earlier study showing decriminalisation led to greater uptake

The scene of the crash on Drumcondra Road Lower. Photograph: Collins

‘Very dark cloud’ hanging over inner city community after death of woman (34) and man (70s)

Eric Eoin Marques, the Irishman alleged to be world’s largest facilitator of child pornography, could face up to 30 years in federal prison on each of the four charges against him

FBI gathered almost all evidence against Eric Eoin Marques, who wanted Irish trial

Gardaí are currently searching for a prisoner who escaped while being escorted to a Dublin hospital on Wednesday morning. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Man in his 20s got away from prison officers during trip to St James’s on Wednesday

Concerns over false information increase ahead of European Parliament elections in May

Oberstown Children’s Detention Centre: It costs €6,557 to detain a child for a week  in the State’s only child detention facility. Photograph: Iain White / Fennell Photography

Rising insurance premiums leads to 20% jump in cost of residential care

Garda car parked at the Dublin Mosque on  South Circular Road. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Additional Garda patrols outside mosques to reassure members of the community

Josephine Feehily, chairwoman of the Policing Authority, said there are some areas of the country where 100 per cent of gardaí have signed up to the code of conduct and some where the figure is far less. File photograph: Alan Betson

About 70 per cent have signed including all senior officers

Lisa Smith (extreme right) may have overheard information on the Govermnet jet, but nothing of interest to Isis, military sources say. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins, Dublin

Former Air Corps member from Dundalk moved to Syria to allegedly join Isis

Gardaí in Ballymun have arrested a man in his 30s following a shooting incident in the area this afternoon.

Suspect is thought to be well-known criminal involved in Ballymun-Finglas gang feud

Then taoiseach Bertie Ahern before boarding the Government Jet at Casement Aerodrome in April 2008 with Lisa Smith on the extreme right. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins, Dublin

Lisa Smith believed to be in Syrian refugee camp with wives of Islamic State fighters

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said Ireland has strong counter-terrorism laws which ‘provide for prosecution here of terrorist offences committed outside the State’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Lisa Smith and her two-year-old child are understood to be in a camp in Syria

Lisa Smith on the extreme right of picture as then taoiseach Bertie Ahern thanks members of the Aer Corps before boarding the Government jet in 2008. Photograph: Collins Dublin

Issues raised around State’s responsibility to Smith and child

  Then taoiseach Bertie Ahern   before boarding the Government Jet  at Casement Aerodrome in April 2008 with Lisa Smith on the extreme right. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Lisa Smith (38) moved to Syria and married Isis fighter

Gardaí discounted some of the calls as they related to local grievances or rumours. File photo

Hotline for public to give anonymous tip-offs set up by Garda Anti-Corruption Unit

Respondents said some childcare facilities were not equipped to deal with children with complex needs and traumatic backgrounds. File photograph: Getty Images

No national data on how many children in care come in contact with gardaí, report says

Ireland categorises all types of child sex abuse material, simulated or real, as child pornography. This extends to to text conversations depicting child abuse. Photograph: Getty Images

Sophisticated tech used to simulate child sex and ‘age down’ adult pornography

The Department of Justice said it was consulting with “stakeholders” such as the Department of Children, the Garda and the HSE to ensure it met all the provisions of the agreement

Department of Justice says Ireland has not ratified the Lanzarote Convention because of consultations with government agencies

Victim Support at Court (V-Sac) said there has been a one third increase in its workload in the last two years.

Being recognised and not being believed is cited as one of the main worries for victims

The father of the late David Byrne, James, is seen behind a line of gardaí at the Special Criminal Court after the State dropped the charges against the man accused of killing his son. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Locals worry Hutch-Kinahan feud will continue at a low level amid Garda wind-down

Patrick Hutch leaves the Special Criminal Court after all charges were dropped against him regarding the Regency Hotel murder. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Garda Commissioner to also face questions in relation to trial over David Byrne’s murder

Det Supt Colm Fox was found dead in Ballymun Garda station in February 2018 near a loaded Garda firearm. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Det Supt Colm Fox was found dead in Ballymun Garda station in February 2018

Sadie Byrne, mother of David Byrne who was murdered at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in 2016 reacts outside the Special Criminal Court in Dublin after charges where dropped against Patrick Hutch. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Patrick Hutch Jnr, acquitted on all charges, speeds from court on motorbike

Dariusz Alchimionek leaving Tullamore Circuit Court after his sentencing. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Dariusz Alchimionek was convicted based on ‘perverse’ jury verdict, against judge’s advice

The scammers aim is to convince the person to hand over their bank account details and passwords Photograph: iStock

Callers impersonating companies often sound highly professional, gardaí warn

A male pedestrian in a yellow hi-vis jacket waved to the woman driving and appeared to require assistance. File photograph: iStock

Incident occurred near Kill, Co Kildare early this morning

Currently, without the devices, gardaí have to phone the station and have someone there look up the information on the Pulse system. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Machines will tell if vehicles are stolen, driver is unqualified, uninsured or unlicensed

Members of the  Fingal Battalion Against Austerity protest outside the home of Minister for the  Environment Richard Bruton  on Griffith Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Members of Fingal Battalion say they are protesting over proposed carbon tax changes

Members of the Fingal Battalion Direct Action Group.outside Minister for Health Simon Harris’s house last weekend. Photograph: Facebook

‘We’re protesting to let [Simon Harris] feel what it’s like, to be affected in his own home’

Chief Justice Frank Clarke:  wrote a ‘strongly worded letter’ to Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Chief Justice ‘irritated’ he only learned of Minister for Justice’s proposals in newspaper

Chief Justice Frank Clarke has been asked to propose a committee to examine soft-tissue injuries so new figures can be included in Personal Injury Assessment Board guidelines. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Interim committee would focus on whiplash and other soft-tissue injuries

Barrister Rachel Baldwin said a woman at the Dolphin House Family Law Court in Dublin tried to push her down the stairs after a hearing. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Family law cited as most dangerous practice area by 44% of respondents

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe speaking tomedia at Government Building. Photograph: Tom Honan

‘Something went wrong’ with children’s hospital tender process, Donohoe says

Bedroom doors are locked but not in all cases. Photograph: iStock

None of the 14 children in these ‘very robust’ units has been convicted of a crime

Since new legislation came into force, the Child and Family Agency  has applied for orders to detain 24 children. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Assaults on staff and resignations result in Special Care Units running under capacity

Carl Carr (38) went missing on September 16th, 2018 after attending a dance event in the Spanish  resort town of Torrevieja. Photograph:  Collins

Dublin man (38) was beaten to death in resort town on Costa Brava last year

Margaret Martin, director of Women’s Aid. “As leading experts on domestic violence and homicide in Ireland we have not been aware and have not been consulted in this latest development.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Women’s Aid disappointed at limits of proposed reviews

Criminals’ primary targets are not the addicts who owe them money but their mothers

Burnt out vans and cars in the yard of the house  in Strokestown. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Suspect arrested following search of Longford home

Inga Maria Hauser’s body was found two weeks after going missing  in an isolated part of the Ballypatrick Forest in Antrim in 1988. Photograph: PSNI/PA

Inga Maria Hauser was 18-years-old when she went missing shortly after arriving in Larne in 1988

The bales of cocaine found in the cargo hold of the ship. Photograph: Cape Verde Judicial Police

‘It’s a huge loss financially and operationally to people involved in the flow of cocaine’ – Michael O’Sullivan of Maoc

Solpadeine is one of the codeine-containing products affected by the restrictions. Photograph: iStock

Drop could be used to support even stricter curbs on such products, study authors argue

Damien Tiernan said the number of news stories from the south-east used by RTÉ has fallen sharply in recent years.

Damien Tiernan: ‘If you look at the figures I was effectively working one day a week’

Some of the 260 bales of cocaine found in the cargo hold of the ship Photograph: Cape Verde Judicial Police

Nearly ten tonnes of drug found when ship was forced to dock at island off African coast

The site is thought to have been responsible for more than four million cyber-attacks, including many on Irish-based websites.

The information could lead to the arrest of those involved in attacks on State websites

Figures released on Wednesday show there was a 2 per cent drop in the numbers of homeless people in December. File image: Dara Mac Donaill

Charity says at least 86 people could not get a bed on Tuesday - a figure repeated in the Dáil

The scene of the fatal crash in Gortahork, Co Donegal. Photograph: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

‘These sorts of tragedies have gone on for too long,’ says Minister after death of four men

The garda is being investigated on suspicion of the offence of corruption in public office which carries a prison term of up to 10 years on conviction.

Limerick-based garda suspected of supplying information to Rathkeale Rovers gang

John Downey arrives for an extradition hearing in Dublin. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Court reserves judgement on extradition of alleged IRA bomber on NI murder charges

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has already moved to revoke the citizenship of Ali Charaf Damache who was convicted last year in the US for supporting Islamic terrorism.  Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Photo Agency

Committee established in 2018 to remove citizenship from those who obtained it fraudulently

Under the Property Marking scheme, local councils buy a “telesis device” which uses laser technology to mark items, from tractors to mobile phones, with the owner’s Eircode

Theft Stop to be replaced by sophisticated property marking scheme

In 2014 the man’s  most recent application was refused by then minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald on the basis of “national security”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Government says it cannot disclose evidence for ‘national security’ reasons

Assistant Garda Commissioner Pat Leahy, who is responsible for the Dublin region. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Assistant Garda Commissioner predicts the gangland dispute will be ‘intergenerational’

Cllr Críona Ní Dhálaigh  of Sinn Féin said  ‘the nuisance tenants should be encouraged to leave, not the good tenants’.

Concern at lack of sanctions for anti-social tenants

Members of the Special Detective Unit, the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and Security and Intelligences unit carried out the raids. Photograph: Collins

Specialist units carry out six morning raids on properties in Dublin

Bryan Mason of Moatlands, Ratoath was fined €200 at Dublin District Court on Monday for paying, giving, offering or promising to pay a prostitute for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with a prostitute

65-year-old fined €200 under 2017 law after being caught in a raid on west Dublin brothel

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon denies breaching the ministerial code. File photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP

James Hamilton now works as independent advisor to Scottish Government

The Women’s March in Los Angeles on  January 19th, 2019: the view is taking hold among defence lawyers that #MeToo is something which should be raised with a jury.  Photograph: Jessica Pons/New York Times

Social media campaigns and attitudes to drink and attire are ‘elephant in the room’

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