The training programme  is aimed at reducing the workload of the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau, which is dealing with increasing volumes of digital devices that require analysis. Photograph: iStock

‘First responder’ gardaí will be trained to identify and seize digital evidence

The purity of cocaine at street level is also increasing as users become more discerning, the leader of the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre said. Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

Increased demand is driving rise in seizures, ex-garda leading international agency says

Gardaí search an area around a house at Rathmullen Park in Drogheda on Thursday in relation to the murder of Keane Mulready-Woods. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Garda appeals for public to stop sharing ‘fake’ material circulating on social media

Keane Mulready-Woods who was last seen in Drogheda on Sunday. Photograph: Facebook

‘Best scrambler rider in Drogheda’ lured into petty offending by promises of local criminals

 Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald outside Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Mary Lou McDonald flags party’s housing plans as she criticises FG, FF and RTÉ

Internet forums were the most common method for sharing child abuse imagery, accounting for 35 per cent of reports. Photograph: iStock

Six per cent of images depict torture or bestiality

Fears James Hillis (40) may have been kidnapped in South American country

In some cases involving high levels of encryption, the Garda sends devices to a foreign company.

Forensic analysis of encrypted and damaged devices stymied by scientific limitations

Cathal Berry, former second in command of the Army Ranger Wing, photographed in Chad in 2008.

Cathal Berry to run as Independent in Kildare South on pro-Defence Forces platform

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said under the Fine Gael Government the number of new homes being built has trebled but acknowledged ‘we haven’t done enough on housing’. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach says reports that woman was ‘put on the streets by hospital’ were inaccurate

Chief Justice Frank Clarke said in his letter that ‘certain measures of recent Polish legislation have failed to fulfil the fundamental obligation to respect the independence of the Judiciary.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

Irish judiciary will be represented at Warsaw protest against Polish government intrusion

Officials have already started moving residents from Mount Trenchard in Foynes to a direct provision centre in Ennis, Co Clare. File photograph: Brian Gavin

Mount Trenchard in Foynes was described as ‘open air prison’ in recent report

Protesters rallied in support of the Polish judiciary in December 2019. Judges from across Europe will take part in a silent protest in Warsaw on January 11th. Photograph: Krystian Dobuszynski/NurPhoto via Getty

Association of Judges of Ireland will join protest in Warsaw against ‘threats’ to rule of law

The report noted that the prisoner had gone unchecked for two periods of over 2 hours on the night when he should have been checked hourly in accordance with operating procedures. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Inspector calls for ‘zero tolerance’ approach following report into death of inmate

Martin Gallagher blew kisses to supporters in court. Photograph: Facebook.

Martin Gallagher charged with the attempted abduction and assault causing harm

The man is due to appear in court on Thursday morning charged in relation to the incident.  File image: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The man was rearrested on Wednesday evening after being released earlier

Investigators from Cabra and Blanchardstown Garda stations believe the man attempted to kidnap the woman on Monday morning following a night of drug-taking. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Suspect (20) released after being held for almost 24 hours in relation to Cabra incident

Lisa Smith arriving to the Dublin District Court on Wednesday.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Dundalk woman facing charges related to alleged membership of Islamic State

A march in Warsaw on Saturday protesting against the country’s court reforms will see Supreme Court judge Mr Justice John MacMenamin carrying a letter of support from Chief Justice Frank Clarke (above). Photograph: Collins

Irish Supreme Court judge to take part in Warsaw march

Gardaí have been conducting checkpoints in Dublin 7 where the attempted abduction of a woman in her 60s occurred.

Suspect’s vehicle seized and he is being questioned on suspicion of false imprisonment

Mr Justice John McMenamin:  will march in full robes with Polish and European colleagues at the protest against curbs on the Polish legal system.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Mr Justice John MacMenamin will join ‘silent' protest in Warsaw against reforms by PiS party

Up to 700 online child abuse investigations have been put on hold while gardaí await clarification of data protection issues. Stock photograph: Getty

Resource and data issues leave perpetrator at large – and child vulnerable to further abuse

Some children remain at risk from parents or carers who are suspected of possessing illegal material, known in the legislation as “child pornography”, but who can’t be arrested because their electronic devices have yet to be analysed. File photograph: Getty

Cases taking up to 10 years as technological and data issues impede prosecutions

Number of men arrested and imitation firearms seized during incident in Clonee

Verbal abuse and threats are the most common forms of elder abuse seen in the family courts. Photograph: iStock

Mothers more likely to be victims, in family court cases including violence and threats

The teenager was stabbed in a laneway connecting Thorndale Estate and St David’s Sports Grounds in Artane. Photograph: Google Maps

Up to 20 youths involved in fight in north Dublin suburb, leaving male (18) with severe injuries to hand

Probation Service’s outgoing director Vivian Geiran: ‘Research everywhere shows that people who go to jail for short sentences have the highest recidivism rate.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Vivian Geiran says he is also concerned at the rise in short prison terms being handed down

Ana Kriégel’s body   was found in an abandoned farmhouse in Lucan, Co Dublin, in May 2018. Photograph: Family handout/PA

Year in Review: Geraldine and Patric Kriégel’s grief was played out in the public eye

Video shows a child in pyjamas with a soother in his mouth on a  small off-road motorbike crashing into a lamppost. Photograph: Getty

Several serious incidents involving off-road motorbikes reported over Christmas

Suspected stolen bicycles found in a container in south Dublin. Photograph: An Garda Síochána

Over 110 high-end bicycles are discovered during raid on shipping container

The Supreme Court also reaffirmed that ‘plea bargaining’ has no ‘place in our constitutional architecture’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

DPP did not appeal sentence for 2010 crime, though it fell ‘markedly’ outside precedents

Lisa Smith in 2008, when she was a member of the Irish Defence Forces. File photograph: Collins

Issues surrounding €5,000 bail surety for her release continued on Monday

Gsoc officials are increasingly unhappy that they often have to learn about incidents of alleged garda misconduct through the media. Photograph: The Irish Times

Gsoc obliged to notify Garda of every investigation it launches into member of force

The man due before the courts on Monday is the second person to be charged in relation to the operation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Gardaí received intelligence a faction planned to shoot dead a rival criminal

The volume and purity of cocaine coming from countries such as Columbia has increased dramatically in recent years, according to Europol. Photograph: iStock

International network to expand to meet evolving nature of organised crime

So far Ireland has taken 3,151 people under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme. Most of these (1,985) are people fleeing Syria who have already been designated refugees by the UN. Photograph: Getty Images

Special flights are part of State’s 2015 commitment to resettle 4,000 refugees

In her annual report for 2018, the Inspector of Prisons, Patricia Gilheaney, identified a number of serious problems in the country’s 13 prisons.

Office of the Inspector of Prisons an immature organisation, external report says

Gardaí are generally entitled to a pension of half of final salary plus a lump sum of 150 per cent final salary after 30 years of service. File photograph: Getty

Restructuring initiative will see the abolition of 30 senior posts

Patricia Gilheaney, Inspector of Prisons. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Inspector outlines serious failings in system in tour of country’s 13 prisons

Replacement Military Intel pic

Programme is designed to alert authorities at an early stage about terror attack plans

Public perceptions of the Garda are continuing to improve according to the latest survey by the force, with over 80 per cent saying they are satisfied with its performance.

Significant decrease in victim satisfaction

Man arrested in Dublin released without charge

Gardaí may be reluctant to knock on people’s doors because “they know there might be some comeback for those people” if they are seen to co-operate.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

South Dublin criminal networks and intimidation of Garda helpers outlined in report

Officials have since been reviewing every application signed by the ex-garda in the last five years. Photograph: iStock

Man (60s) allegedly stamped hundreds of forms from Indian and Pakistani applicants

Move is part of an overhaul of the Garda approach to human rights which will also see it conduct urgent reviews of its policies regarding high speed chases and the use of firearms. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Move will see force conduct urgent reviews of policies regarding high speed chases and firearm use

The Supreme Court is due to hear a State appeal of the High Court’s ruling in the Graham Dwyer case next week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Gardaí cannot obtain mobile data warrants as a result of High Court decision last year

In a joint operation with Spanish police, Gardaí from the National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) arrested a man and a woman, aged 45 and 22, in north Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Garda Facebook

Sophisticated activity saw Irish travel documents forged for distribution across Europe

Armed gardaí stopped the car following a chase on the M50. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Armed gardaí stop suspect’s car which earlier was in collision with two patrol cars

An average of 250 new drones were registered with the Irish Aviation Authority every month since June. Photograph: Horacio Villalobos/Corbis via Getty

Survey of Air Corps pilots shows only 40% feel well informed on Irish drone regulations

“You don’t walk free from the Special Criminal Court” is a phrase repeated often by members of the Law Library.

Workings of secretive Special Detective Unit under spotlight as case thrown out

The special care units are designed to hold children in secure, high-support settings for short periods while their behaviour stabilises. Photograph: iStock

Figures released following unannounced inspections of State’s three special care units

In the last 32 years 225 women and 16 children have been murdered. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Gardaí respond to 30,000 domestic violence calls every year

Master of the High Court Edmund Honohan has complained that the Courts Service will not publish his rulings because it says ‘there is no room on their website’. File photograph: Collins Courts

Court Service says it will not publish Edmund Honohan rulings because he is not a judge

Currently the Air Corps has 74 pilots, but has an establishment strength of 106. Photograph: Getty Images

Mixed results for Defence Forces retention schemes as strength continues to decline

 Lisa Smith  leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice in  Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Defence lawyers seek to have her segregated in Dóchas women’s prison for her safety

The Garda plans to buy 200 pairs of cycling shorts made from ‘lycra sport fabric’ with ‘ergofit padding from Italy’ and ‘flat-lock stitched seams for maximum comfort’. File photograph: Getty

Force is planning to spend about €135,000 on high-end cycling gear for its members

File photograph showing members of the Irish Coastguard (Howth/Skerries Division) taking part in a rescue exercise on the Liffey. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Marine Casualty Investigation Board note substances can affect can affect judgement and reaction time

Lisa Smith leaves  a  Turkish Airlines plane  at Dublin Airport  with a pink blanket over her head. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/

Garda interview with Smith last ‘piece of the puzzle’ before file can be sent to DPP

Tánaiste Simon Coveney is set to visit Israel and Palestine. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

Minister for Foreign Affairs to address Gaza blockade during meetings with officials

Emergency services were called to a house in Ballinahown, Connemara on Sunday morning where they found the  injured man.

A man in his 70s has been arrested and is being held in connection with the death

Lisa Smith’s departure from Turkey tomorrow is contingent on final approval from the Turkish authorities. Photograph: BBC

Departure from Turkey tomorrow contingent on final approval from Turkish authorities

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said he has presented plans to Government about how to handle Lisa Smith’s repatriation. File photograph: BBC/Screengrab

Speculation Ms Smith and daughter may be flown back to Ireland in the coming days

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (centre) with Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan (left) and Garda Commissioner Drew Harris (right) at the Garda College, Templemore, Co. Tipperary. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

New members from England, Poland, the US and Slovenia graduate from Templemore training

Chief Justice Frank Clarke  used his announcement to issue a pointed rebuke to Michael D’Arcy, Minister of State at the Department of Finance, about how the guidelines committee will go about its work. Photograph: Tom Honan

Judiciary knows compensation levels a problem but will not swing an axe at current system

Mr Justice Frank Clarke, has sharply rejected comments by a Fine Gael Minister which were seen by judges as an attempt to interfere with their approach to personal injury claims. Photograph: Tom Honan.

‘Reformer’ Ms Justice Mary Irvine appointed chair of new body examining compensation

As well as been a major destination for cocaine, Ireland, along with a handful of other EU countries, is now a base for international export for “other, less saturated and potentially more profitable, markets,” the report notes.

Dealers exporting cocaine to non-EU countries due to local market saturation

Europol has identified the Kinahan gang as one of the main cocaine importers operating in the EU. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

New report highlights level of intimidation here and outlines Kinahan gang operations

 Gardaí  attend the scene of a  shooting which claimed the life of Eoin Boylan, on Clonshaugh Avenue, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The killing of Eoin Boylan shows why the feud in the area poses a particular challenge

The flag of the Atomwaffen (Atomic Weapons) Division

Kyle M suspected of being part of violent far-right group

Gardaí pictured at the scene where  a body was found in the Balbutcher Lane area of Ballymun on Monday.  Photograph: Collins

The body was found in a container on Balbutcher Lane on Monday morning

The scene of the shooting on Clonshaugh Avenue, Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

One line of inquiry is that gun attack on Eoin Boylan is linked to worsening feud in Coolock

The flag of the Atomwaffen (Atomic Weapons) Division, a violent far-right group.

US man is suspected of membership of Atomwaffen Division, a violent far-right group

Most of the people referred to the course are convicted of having no insurance (104 referrals) or no license (82 referrals) or a combination of both. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Almost one-quarter of errant drivers drop out of pilot programme aimed at offenders

Lisa Smith travelled to Syria to join up with Islamic State several years ago where she married and had a child with a man who was later killed.

Islamic State supporter wants to speak publicly to ‘give her version of events’

Mr Justice Peter Charleton. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Peter Charleton’s preferred fruit, coffee and oatcakes in list for judicial assistant

Hobnobs: a superior biscuit

Document lists practical duties of Justice Peter Charleton’s assistant in precise detail

Trevor Deely was 22 when he went missing in 2000

Missing man last seen on late-night CCTV in 2000 after attending office Christmas party

Lisa Smith: once back in Ireland she will undergo a security assessment, and will be asked to sit for a voluntary interview with gardaí from the Special Detective Unit. File photograph: BBC/Screengrab

Government unlikely to confirm Smith’s return until she is already in the country

Criminals have moved from targeting overhead power lines in rural areas to breaking into substations in both urban and rural areas and stealing the copper wiring inside. Photograph: iStock

International gangs travelling from country to country stealing valuable metal, gardaí say

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys has developed a reputation for imaginative rulings, often containing literary references

Application only served to add a day’s worth of costs to bill – Justice Richard Humphreys

Lisa Smith left Ireland several years ago, travelling first to Tunisia and then to Syria where she joined up with Islamic State. File photograph: BBC/Screengrab

Islamic State supporter and former Irish Air Corps member interrogated by Turkish officials

The alleged assault occurred in Rathmines in the early hours of Sunday morning

Alleged sexual assault occurred in Rathmines in early hours of Sunday morning

A number of community-based groups offer a variety of resources and therapies for young people. Photograph: iStock

Community-based organisations offering services as State bodies struggle

Geraldine and Patric  Kriégel, parents of murdered schoolgirl Ana, leaving court on Tuesday  after the sentence hearing. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Boys sentenced but no psychological or other reasons established for Ana Kriégel’s murder

Mr Justice Paul McDermott   said there was little guidance for the sentencing of children for murder because “thankfully” so few cases have come before the courts. File image: Collins Courts

Trial judge says young age of offenders provides a substantial degree of mitigation

Darren Goodwin (above) was 15 when he murdered Darragh Conroy. Photograph: Collins

Ireland has seen only a handful of cases involving minors accused of murder or rape

 A residential unit at Oberstown Children Detention Campus, in  Co Dublin where Boys A and B will serve  at least three years of their respective  sentences. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Boys will likely do their Junior Cert there, it’s less common for detainees to sit Leaving Cert

Ana Kriégel. Photograph courtesy of family.

What part did violent media, pornography and psycopathy play in the murder

Two 15-year-old boys, known as Boy A and Boy B, have been sentenced for life and 15 years repectively for the murder of Ana Kriégel in 2018.

Sentence for Boy A to be reviewed in 12 years; sentence for Boy B is due for review in 8 years

Gardaí at the scene at  Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, of the  assault on  Stephanie Ng in December 2017. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Boy sentenced to 11 years had inflicted 10cm wound on Stephanie Ng’s neck

The scene near Dún Laoghaire Baths where Stephanie Ng was viciously assaulted. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Background: Family says boy had been plagued by hallucinations and desires to kill

Lisa Smith left Ireland several years ago, travelling first to Tunisia and then to Syria where she joined up with Islamic State. File photograph: BBC/Screengrab

Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council chair says involvement of Defence Forces is ‘extraordinary’

A screengrab of Stephanie Ng leaving the Central Criminal Court in Dublin after a 17 year old boy was sentenced to 11 years for her attempted murder in Dún Laoghaire in December 2017. Photograph: RTÉ News

Boy was 15 when he attacked 25-year-old woman after they met online

Members of the Defence Forces and Government officials have started a “Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation” to repatriate Islamic State supporter Lisa Smith and her young daughter.  File photograph: BBC screengrab

Smith believed to held close to Syria’s border with Turkey by members of militia

Geraldine and Patrick Kreigel, the parents of Ana Kriegel pictured arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Victim impact statement by Ana Kriégel’s mother tells of ‘the panic, the dread, the agonising wait’

Det Insp Mark O’Neill told the court there was a dispute between the boys as to whose idea it was to meet Ana Kriégel on the night of her murder. Photograph: Collins Courts

Detective says a number of factors suggest teenager’s death was planned

 Brendan Grehan SC: he said  the law implies that detention and supervision orders can only be imposed if the child will still be under 18 during the supervision part of the order

Just two other cases of children being sentenced for murder in modern times, court told

The disused farmhouse in Liexlip, Kildare where Ana Kriégel was murdered in May 2018. Photograph:    Collins Dublin

Counsel says Boy A has no personality disorder or mental illness

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