Reform monitoring body at odds with Policing Authority over independent management board

Supt David Taylor at the entrance of the Disclosures Tribunal at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Mr Justice Peter Charleton found the former Garda press officer lied in an affidavit

 Former Garda commissioner Martin Callinan: undone by clumsy and wild efforts against a Garda sergeant who seemed to get under his skin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Analysis: profoundly depressing ex- Garda commissioner was unreliable under oath

Mr Justice Peter Charleton, at the Disclosures Tribunal at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Callinan and Taylor ran two-man campaign against Garda whistleblower McCabe

Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan  speaking at a post budget press conference at Government Buildings. Photograph: Garrett White/ Collins

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan stressed not all of the Garda or Department of Justice reforms recommended require money

Irish Army Mowag personnel carriers loading  onto a ship in Dublin  on their way to Chad for a UN mission

Defence spending next year will increase by €47.5m to almost €1b

The overall Garda budget for 2019 has been set at €1.76 billion, an increase of €110 million on the current year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Reform budget will cover recruitment of 800 new members and promotions

Cash including euros, sterling, dollars and foreign currencies, was seized during raids in Cork as part of an investigation into a €3.5 million fraud.

Criminal Assets Bureau and gardaí seize €150,000 in cash in multipe currencies

Gardaí at the crime scene in Poppintree Cresent, Ballymun. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin.

Robert Sheridan (45) gunned down at home in Poppintree Crescent, Ballymun, Dublin

Documentation, phones, personal computers and two vehicles have been seized,

A Garda has been suspended from duties pending the outcome of a criminal investigation

 ‘Crack cocaine has got a hold of Dublin now and it’s really, really worrying.’ Photograph: iStock

Total number of gardaí assigned to drug units continues to decline

 ‘If a case involves murder, many family members are still experiencing severe trauma and mental health problems after the death of their loved one’, John Costello chairman of the Parole Board said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Almost all lifers are murders, many never in trouble with Garda until killing victim

Controls  put in place include the cancellation of overtime for administrative purposes.  File photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Spend on overtime up to the end of September came to €95.1 million

The use of drones by criminals, the committee heard, has added to the fear felt by rural communities, who are often too fearful to confront suspects, or to report suspicions to the gardaí. File image: iStock

Installation of CCTV helps, but criminals simply move on to the next area, Oireachtas committee hears

A man gardai believe has been importing the dolls for sale to others has been targeted in the latest round of Operation Ketch.  File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Officers find locations of those viewing abuse images using their internet protocol (IP) addresses

The Garda inquiry has been trying to establish if the older suspects have sexually abused children for a number of decades.

Total of 23 arrests in wide-ranging investigation in two tranches several months apart

Michael Donnellan became director-general of the Irish  Prison Service in 2011. ‘He has led a significant culture change in the penal system,’ said Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Michael Donnellan retiring after seven years in role, during which service transformed

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris attending his first meeting with the Policing Authority with from left: Pat Leahy, David Sheahan and John Twomey, in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Masked officers at North Frederick Street demonstration in an ‘invidious situation’

Kathleen O’Toole, chairperson of The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Commission on Future of Policing in Ireland has suggested changes to Garda oversight

Designer handbags seized by CAB. Photograph: Garda Press

Searches of 14 premises in Dublin and Wicklow include motor dealership and homes

Local gardaí were supported by armed colleagues from the Armed Response Unit. Photogaph: Getty Images

Suspects arrested for questioning about crimes including theft, assault, fraud and burglary

Gardaí at a passing out ceremony in Garda College Templemore. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/

Garda claims candidates with lower interview scores were selected over him

The Probation Service, Garda and Irish Prison Service all believe the findings are very positive.  Photograph: Getty Images

Government urged to roll out Dublin-based programmes nationally

Cash seized in Wexford town on Saturday.  Photograph: Garda Press Office

Increasingly sophisticated practice exploits lack of regulation in the used car market

The head of the Criminal Assets Bureau, Det Chief Supt Pat Clavin,  said criminals are increasingly converting their cash into assets that could be taken outside the State in plain sight. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Crime gangs more savvy but are being undone by need to flaunt wealth, says Clavin

Some of the Kinahan drugs cartel cash seized by gardaí. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Gardaí strike significant blow to drugs cartel with hauls in Wexford and west Dublin

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris earlier this month in Templemore, Co Tipperary. “Regrettably, An Garda Síochána will significantly exceed the budget this year,” he said on Thursday. Photograph: Don Moloney/Press 22

Commissioner says he has cut both discretionary and administrative overtime

Newly-graduated gardaí celebrate at the Garda passing-out ceremony in Templemore, Co Tipperary, earlier this month. Photograph: Don Moloney/Press 22

Commission’s recommendations would put community policing at centre of the force

One senior officer said  young gardaí all wanted to work in the ‘big well-known units that see a lot of action and get all the headlines’. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell /

Ability to build community relationships should be rewarded with Garda promotions

A new agency within government and answerable to the Taoiseach is also suggested to co-ordinate State security intelligence; a move that may have the effect of a badly needed crash course for Government in State security. Photograph: Eric Luke

Some proposals have been recommended before and simply not implemented

Kathleen O’Toole, chairperson of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland, at the launch of its report. Photograph:  Maxwell’s

Commission calls for creation of national centre for intelligence collation and analysis

 Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: knew when taking the job he was being hired primarily to implement the change programme in the commission’s report. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Commission’s recommendations costly to implement and rivalled by housing crisis

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Photograph:

New programme for force focuses on human rights, community policing and oversight

Kathleen O’Toole, chairperson of the commission on the future of policing in Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Commission calls for creation of a national centre for intelligence collation and analysis

The scene of the alleged assault on Tuesday morning which happened on the street, near a pub on Poolbeg Street. Photograph: Kayle Crosson.

Scene on Poolbeg St has been preserved and gardaí at Pearse St are leading investigation

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris  said gardaí were verbally and physically abused on the evening in question and that one Garda member suffered racial abuse.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

One garda involved in policing housing protest referred to on Facebook as ‘dog’ and ‘scum’

Gardaí from the public order unit attending the scene when a housing crisis protest was brought to an end in Dublin’s north inner city on Wednesday. Photograph: Jack Power

Policing Authority welcomes Drew Harris comment that use of ‘hoods’ by gardaí ‘was not correct’

While the hoods are  Garda-issued, many in the force say they were being worn on North Frederick Street on Tuesday night to guard against online intimidation. Photograph: Jack Power

Gardaí say since water charge protests, photos and names being posted to intimidate

Four people were being held by the Garda  on suspicion of being members of an organised crime gang. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Garda members search 11 addresses in Enniscorthy linked to suspected gang members

Gardaí were wrong to wear hoods during an eviction  protest in Dublin this week, said the commissioner, but insisted they were upholding the law. Photograph: Jack Power/The Irish Times

Drew Harris says gardaí had been physically, verbally and racially abused during protest

While several men in balaclavas stood at the entrance to the property, more than a dozen gardaí wearing face masks blocked protesters from accessing the building. Photograph: Jack Power

Gardaí wearing balaclavas were not supporting an illegal action, as has been claimed

The gang involved had been selling pirate versions of pay per view television. Photograph: iStock

Seventeen bank accounts into which €700,000 has been lodged have been frozen


Comments come ahead of meeting with new Garda Commissioner Drew Harris

Garda reform will not be on same scale as RUC-PSNI process, says Drew Harris

New Garda Commissioner  Drew Harris pictured at the Garda Passing Out Ceremony in Templemore, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Don Moloney/Press 22

Clashes with both Government and officers about overtime may test leadership approach

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris is to meet his senior management team on Monday to discuss the Garda budget, including overtime spending. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister says force has ‘unprecedented’ resources and eye should be kept on how funds spent

New Garda Commissioner   Drew Harris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Harris says: ‘We are here to serve the people, not ourselves, not the organisation; the people’

Gardaí at Pete Taylor’s sports club in June, where Bobby Messett was shot. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Bobby Messett died after being shot in the head during an attack at Pete Taylor’s gym

More than 80 per cent bikes would be impossible to reunite with their owners even if the Garda did recover them because owners do not know the bike’s serial number. File photograph: Frank Miller

Gardaí say trend of not reporting bike thefts must come to an end

A major Garda search operation is under way in Dublin and other counties. Photogaph: Getty Images

Gardai investigating money laundering by west African group raided addresses in five counties

Defence Forces troops of the 7th Infantry Battalion, Dublin, and members of the 58th Infantry Group training at the Glen of Imaal on September 5th. They are entering their final phase of training after three months of intensive preparation for their forthcoming deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

‘The Irish were originally deployed to the Syrian side. But they withdrew to the Israeli-occupied area after fighting related to t(...)

Research indicates 9.2 per cent of people in Ireland have tried MDMA, or ecstasy, at least once. This was the joint highest rate in Europe and more than twice the European average. File photograph: Thinkstock

New research suggests more people than ever in Ireland are taking illegal drugs

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris at Garda HQ. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda Commissioner shows little sign of stress during meeting at Phoenix Park HQ

New Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said he regarded himself as Irish. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘I’m not sure how much of an outsider I am really . . . I’m from the island of Ireland’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and  new Garda commissioner Drew Harris at Government Buildings. Photograph: Maxwell

New inter-country security appointment is rare, and come with risks

It suggested that delays in processing the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BSCFA) by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection had placed additional pressure on families with limited incomes.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Charity says transition year costs have become significant source of stress

Gardaí said the scene, at Inchicore, Dublin, was chaotic, with a large number of people present at the time and a range of violent assault allegations made after the disturbance. File photograph: Getty Images

Incident happened in Inchicore, Dublin and involved two rival families

 Gardaí at the scene of a collision where a car crashed into the gates of Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Collins

Gardaí treating incident as low-level protest action rather than a major security alert

The two people who died have been named locally as Shiva Devine, who lived in Beleek but was originally from Donegal, and Conor McAleer from Ederney in Co Fermanagh

Man in his 20s is released from custody after Bundoran incident in which two people died

Gardaí at the scene of a road accident where two people died and three were injured in Eastend, Bundoran, Co Donegal. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Only occupant of the car who did not require hospitalisation released from custody

The cargo ship ‘Polar Chile’ was about to depart from Costa Rica en route to Cork when it was boarded and searched and the drugs found.

Drugs hidden in pineapples were due to be loaded on a cargo ship destined for Cork

Deirdre Jacob’s parents, Michael and Bernadette, at Naas Garda station, Co Kildare, during an appeal to the public marking the 20th anniversary of Deirdre’s disappearance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The case has been reclassified as murder amid new information, but gardaí face obstacles

Deirdre Jacob, 20 years ago. The Co Kildare teenager vanished on July 28th, 1998, from a roadside near her home outside Newbridge.

Suspect linked to remote areas of Wicklow and Carlow-Laois border

 Deirdre Jacob’s parents,  Michael and Bernadette,   at Naas Garda Station, Co Kildare, during an appeal to the public marking the 20th anniversary of Deirdre’s disappearance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Michael and Bernie Jacob appeal for help in solving daughter’s murder

Deirdre Jacob’s parents, Bernadette and Michael, at home in Newbridge in 1999. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As 1998 disappearance is upgraded to murder inquiry, details of suspect emerge

A view of  O’Devaney Gardens  in Dublin. File photograph: Tom Honan

Gardaí investigate following discovery by construction workers at the Dublin complex

Deirdre Jacob was 18-years-old when she disappeared on July 28th, 1998

The 18-year-old student went missing near her home in Newbridge, Co Kildare

Some taxi drivers were found to be fraudulently claiming social welfare though working. In some cases, on-the-spot fines were issued to other for various breaches of PSV regulations. File photograph: Getty Images

Of 110 drivers stopped at Garda checkpoint, 26 thought to be linked to sham marriages

Ian Bailey and partner Jules Thomas, with solicitor Frank Buttimer:  Mr Bailey says the fact retired gardaí were not obliged to contribute gave them “immunity in effect”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Pierre-Louis Baudey says he has ‘great confidence’ in French and Irish justice systems

The scene at Whitefriar Street, Dublin, near where part of a human ear was discovered. Photograph: Google Street View

Man (40s) stabbed and loses part of ear after fight following house party

The main defendants at the centre of the latest Cab ruling in the High Court yesterday have been the Kinahans’ drugs logistics team in the Republic for years. Photograph: PA Wire

As Kinahans live abroad, trusted lieutenants manage drugs business in Republic

While the seizure was made on Tuesday afternoon, news of it only emerged on Wednesday. File photograph: Getty Images

Garda-Revenue swoop nets 30kg of MDMA, 20kg of ketamine, cannabis worth €20,0000

Airsoft enthusiasts engage in legal and competitive shooting games involving the use of non-lethal, or replica, firearms. File photograph: Getty Images

Van driver arrested after cache of replica guns discovered during routine jail search

A man is being questioned by gardaí. Photograph: Eric Luke/File

Man arrested for questioning over killing of Clondalkin man following birthday drinks

Sandra Higgins (37)  arrives on Thursday  at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court  where the DPP entered a nolle prosequi against her. Photograph:  Collins Courts.

Cavan childminder who had been accused of harming baby faced four previous trials

Gardaí are investigating the discovery of a magic mushrooms cultivation operation in a flat in Drimnagh. File photograph: Getty Images

Garda search uncovers variety of chemicals suspected of increasing mushroom potency

Garda Headquarters said an investigation was underway after a patrol car collided with a pedestrian in Dublin.

Collision happened on St Stephen’s Green shortly before 1am on Sunday

AGSI said Sgt Galvin, a married father of three, was known for his professionalism and obliging nature. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Gsoc process not as advanced by time of Sgt Michael Galvin’s death as previously thought

 Project Edward, co-ordinated by the European Traffic Police Network, will be accompanied by a  campaign to encourage greater safety among drivers, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists. Photograph: Getty Images

Law enforcement and safety groups have set September 19th as “European day without a road death”

EU counter-terrorism co-ordinator Gilles de Kerchove Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Garda should have ‘internet referral unit’, counter-terrorism co-ordinator says

A file photograph of a stolen BMW being recovered by gardaí. Many criminals involved in organised crime are now opting to drive less ostentatious vehicles.  Photograph: Garda Síochána

Criminal Assets Bureau seizes €800,000 bitcoin ‘brain wallet’ in world policing first

Pope Francis will  move around Dublin in his so-called ‘Pope Mobile’. Photograph: Getty Images

Mass at Phoenix Park, with 600,000 capacity, will be challenge to manage – Pat Leahy

The Garda inspectorate proposed civilians should be eligible to apply to join the force as inspectors, becoming sworn police officers in the process. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Garda inspectorate’s proposals come days after force’s new commissioner is named

Drew Harris, the new Garda Commissioner. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda reservists with specialist skills could also assist major criminal investigations

Seven suspected people smugglers were arrested and have appeared before the courts in Britain

Detentions take place after joint operation between the Garda, PSNI and English police

Senior PSNI officers currently travel around the North, and to the Republic on visits, in armoured 4X4 vehicles accompanied by armed close protection teams, or police bodyguards.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris will take up the new role in September

Incoming Garda Commissioner Drew Harris  took time away from the PSNI to serve in Scotland for two years. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Incoming commissioner could extend foreign secondment opportunity to others

Crime trends for the 12 months to the end of March show increases in across all areas other than homicides. File photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

Some types of offending are up 16 per cent compared to 12 months ago, CSO says

The move follows an agreement between Facebook and the Garda. Photograph: iStock

Feature to be used in when child is believed to be in serious and imminent danger

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Drew Harris at Government Buildings on Tuesday. Mr Harris is currently the Deputy Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach welcomes appointment of outsider as ‘good’ for Irish policing

Drew Harris at Government Buildings in Dublin on Tuesday. The GRA said Mr Harris worked closely with the Garda in recent years, a factor it believed recommended him to lead the force. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Announcement said to have caught senior officers by surprise, sources say

Every Facebook user in Ireland will receive alerts  when children go missing in extreme emergencies. File photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Alerts will issue for Child Rescue Ireland cases where imminent danger is suspected

Drew Harris: will lead the Garda after  years of controversy and during a period in which the organisation undergoes major reform.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

PSNI-originating recruit has option of bringing own team into Garda Headquarters

The move by Drew Harris from the PSNI to become Garda Commissioner is groundbreaking and one that will be greeted with surprise in Garda circles. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Drew Harris profile: ‘One of the most decent human beings I worked with in the North’

Daniel Doyle, pictured on February 9th 2018, was found unresponsive in his cell in Mountjoy ten days ago.  Photograph: Collins Courts

Daniel Doyle, who was serving a sentence for drug dealing, found unresponsive in his cell

Several Garda sources point to the fact that crime is migrating online. Yet some Garda stations still do not have access to the Garda’s computer Pulse database. Photograph: Getty Images

Several gardaí say major investment badly needed regardless of who next leads the force

Gardai at the scene off Butlers Park Tallaght where Adam Muldoon’s body was found. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Victim (23) was rough sleeper, had cerebral palsy and spent time in foster care

Garda checkpoint on Francis Street in March 2018: Once gangs’ power, profile and  killings could no longer be denied, resources were ploughed into targeting them. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Analysis: As crimes worsened, resources ploughed into Garda to target and bring down gangs

Sandra Higgins attending trial in 2015 (left) and in 2018 (right). Photograph: Collins

Sandra Higgins (37) from Cavan is accused of causing serious harm to a baby

Murdered Northern Ireland prison officer David Black.

Belfast judge rules part of prosecution evidence against Damien McLaughlin was unsafe

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