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

David Drumm arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice  in Dublin on Wednesday where Judge Karen O’Connor jailed him for conspiracy to defraud and false accounting. Photograph: Collins Courts

Judge says former banker engaged in ‘grossly reprehensible behaviour’ in 2008 conspiracy

 Of the 99,319 applications made in the first five months of this year under the passport express system for renewals, only 2,718 were processed within 10 working days. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Very significant discrepancies in waiting times depending on application process chosen

 David Drumm will be regarded as being of no security risk as a prisoner and will likely  earn the right to be transferred to an open prison. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Former Anglo chief executive likely to serve 3½ years before being due for release

Sham marriages: the vast majority have been between Asian men and Eastern European women. They have been arranged, at a fee of up to €20,000 each, so men could secure the right to live and work in Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘Brides’ believed to have left Ireland after role in sham marriages costing men €20,000

Dublin man James Quinn (pictured)has been convicted over the murder of Gary Hutch  in Spain three years ago with the jury ruling he was the getaway driver rather than the gunman. Photograph: Solarpix

Dubliner faces up to 28 years in jail for killing Gary Hutch in 2015 in Spain

James Quinn who has been charged with the murder of Gary Hutch. Photograph:

A thug whose criminal career has been a menace and a threat to public safety – Garda

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll,  head of the Garda’s special crime operations, said the convictions in Spain and Britain underlined the international cooperation now underway in targeting the Kinahan gang. Photo Gareth Chaney Collins

Asst Commissioner John O’Driscoll says verdicts underline police cooperation in Europe

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

A Criminal Assets Bureau-led series of raids took place in Bray, Co Wicklow

Six premises targeted in Criminal Assets Bureau-lead operation in Bray as cash, phones and computers seized

Cameron Reilly (18) who was strangled at the end of May.

Body of strangled teenager found last month in field where young people in the area meet

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission office. Photograph: Collins

Patrick Sullivan will become one of three ombudsman commissioners in GSoc

The Royal Hotel in Bray outside which a man was found unconscious with a serious head injury. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Assault on victim who was staying at Royal Hotel in the town was captured on CCTV

Boxing coach Pete Taylor, father of Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor, was one of three men shot at the Bray Boxing Club. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

CCTV footage being examined in attempt to identify shooter who fled in van and then on bicycle

Boxing coach Pete Taylor, father of Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor, was one of three men shot at  the Bray Boxing Club. File photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bystander Bobby Messett (50) shot dead during morning workout at boxing gym

 Ana Kriegel (14). Photograph:

It is difficult to understand how any person aged between 12 and 14 could be capable of sexually assaulting and killing another. B(...)

The derelict house and farmyard on the Clonee Road, Lucan where the body of Anastasia ‘Ana’ Kriegel was found. Photograph: Collins

Accused said nothing except to confirm to the judge that it was his first time in court

Gardaí believe Jastine Valdez fought for her life and so Mark Hennessy killed her very soon after abducting her. Photograph: Garda press office/PA Wire

Body of 24-year-old released to her family five days after Mark Hennessy killed her

Mark Hennessy, above,  was shot in the shoulder, and the bullet entered his torso causing fatal injuries, according to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commissiona.

Gardaí issue photo of Jastine Valdez bag as search for her belongings continues

Ana Kriegel. Photograph:

Officers focusing on evidence of young children who saw her after school on day of killing

Mohammed ‘Romi’ Ramzan (40) booked tickets for more than 100 brides to fly from Latvia and take part in sham marriages.

Gang leader arrested in his cricket whites, jailed for week and now deported

Mark Hennessy with the car the Garda believes he used to abduct Jastine Valdez.

Gardaí examining what happened on Saturday and Sunday

Mohammed ‘Romi’ Ramzan (40) booked tickets for more than 100 brides to fly from Latvia and take part in sham marriages.

Gardaí arrested Mohammed ‘Romi’ Ramzan in his whites and deported him within days

Jastine Valdez: the 24-year-old is believed to have been abducted and murdered by Mark Hennessy

Garda asks drivers with dashcams to share possible footage of student’s suspected killer

Jastine Valdez: the 24-year-old student was abducted on Saturday evening

If a connection between victim and killer is proven, the murder will seem less random. But it will still make no sense

Garda sources said the DNA profile of Mark Hennessy (40) will be crosschecked on a database for any links to unsolved historical or recent sex crimes.

DNA profile of killer to be checked against database for links to unsolved sex crimes

Ana Kriegel murder: the four-day gap between the teenager’s death and the discovery of her body should have little effect on the quality of DNA samples, according to forensics sources. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Boy says he was attacked on his way home from park where teenager vanished

Mark Hennessy (40).

Mark Hennessy’s former neighbours express shock after he is shot dead by gardaí

Garda on the R760 in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, where they are investigating the suspected abduction of Jastine Valdez (24). Photograph: Eleanor Barlow/PA Wire

No obvious signs of injuries on body of 24-year-old who may have been strangled

Mark Hennessy (corner left) was shot dead by gardaí on Sunday evening. Garda intensify search for missing Jasinta Valdez (corner right).

Purse belonging to missing student is found near disused golf club in south Co Dublin on Monday during massive search operation

Ana Kriegel. Photograph:

Personal effects, including clothing, obtained from teenage boys for scientific analysis

The scene at Cherrywood. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Driver of black Nissan Qashqai was being sought in connection with disappearance of Jastine Valdez (24) in Enniskerry

Ana Kriegel. Photograph:

Those who knew Ana Kriegel paint a picture of a beautiful, lively and much-loved girl

Jamie Walsh. Photograph: Garda Síochána

Authorities issue appeal for information about Jamie Walsh from Clondalkin

Ana Kriegel. Photograph:

Sexual motive being explored as murder inquiry examines teenager’s social media

The two suspects had been taken to Longford for questioning.

Young child suffered fatal head injuries in Longford and died at Temple Street Hospital

Ana Kriegel. Photograph:

Priest says tight knit community in shock following Anastasia Kriegel’s death

Gardaí seized about $1,500 and £250, a 2014 Audi A6 car along with three watches; including a Rolex and two Tag Heuers

Criminal Assets Bureau raided three Dublin houses and a holiday home in Wexford

A Garda appeal said 14-year-old Anastasia Kriegel was last seen at St Catherine’s Park (above), Lucan, at 5.30pm on Monday and that she was originally from Lucan. File photograph: Google Street View

Murder investigation expected after Ana Kriegel found beaten to death in Lucan park

The Blackhorse Inchicore stop was closed earlier this morning and a lot of blood was visible on the ground. Source: Google Street View

Red Luas line closed for time as gardaí believed weapon disposed of on or near stop

The Emergency Response Unit (members of which are pictured in a training exercise in 2013)  could respond to a terrorism incident in the capital within three minutes. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins, Dublin.

Many of the 30 Islamic State fighters who went from Ireland to Syria and Iraq are now ‘deceased’

The years 2016 and 2017 saw the lowest number of burglaries and related offences recorded – at 18,478 and 19,092 respectively – since the CSO assumed responsibility for crime data in 2003. File photograph: Frank Miller

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll believes current sentences not acting as a deterrent

In February, some 892 domestic burglaries were reported to gardaí across the country, a fall of 27% on the same month in 2017.

On average one home burglary per day reported to Garda in each of 26 counties

Finglas man Shane Fowler died last Sunday when the motorbike he was riding hit a lamppost. Gardaí believe a gun he was carrying was about to be used in a feud-related shooting. Photograph: Stephen Collins

Complex web of links between gang criminals makes killings more likely, gardaí say

Gardaí have arrested suspects for two separate and unrelated frauds in which criminals based in Ireland tricked two companies into sending them €500,000.

Gardaí investigating invoice redirect frauds that targetted Spanish and Irish firms

Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy: “We have almost a fleet of patrol cars now deployed just to send the message that ‘the guards are around’.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

‘There are three feuds. You can’t take your eye off them,’ says high-ranking Garda officer

The HSE said it was  introducing an  injecting facility because it would save lives. Photograph: PA

Discretion needed with those carrying heroin on their way to inject at a State run facility

Liga Skromane, who was living in Swords, Co Dublin, with her partner Andrew Jordan, went missing in India last month. Photographs: Andrew Jordan

Police suspect the two men had posed at tourist guides

Rank-and-file gardai have called for the appointment of more sergeants to manage and oversee teams of rank and file gardaí. Photograph: The Irish Times

Some 6,500 officers respond to PWC survey and call for more sergeants to be appointed

The Metro Hotel, Ballymun: Dublin Fire Brigade’s chief officer said  planning, and the performance of some 60 firefighters who tended to the blaze, had ensured a successful operation, not luck. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Pat Fleming said fire was brought under control because of his staff’s professionalism

Natalia Karaczyn had left home on Saturday night for an evening socialising with friends.

Woman's body found on the outskirts of Sligo town at Carns

Paul Connolly was charged with two offences of dangerous driving causing serious bodily harm to two people at Dublin District Court.

Paul Connolly (36) appeared before Dublin District Court on Wednesday afternoon

Undated handout photo issued by the Garda of Natalia Karaczyn. File photograph: Garda/PA Wire

Remains of 30-year-old Polish woman found on outskirts of Sligo town this morning

Alexis Guesto and James White were beaten with iron bars before being taken to Mullaghbawn in south Armagh where they were further assaulted and covered in paint, said the PSNI . Photograph: PSNI/PA

Duo attacked by group of vigilantes before being found in Mullaghbawn area of county

The incident occurred at about 2pm on Saturday at Main Street, Clongriffin, near Donaghmede. It was unclear why, or for how long, the cash in transit van was unoccupied.

Thief scaled roof of unoccupied vehicle and cut lock for access before escaping in van

Gardaí are investigating an incident in which it is alleged a member of the force was hit with a metal baseball bat on Ballyogan Avenue (above) in Dublin on Saturday. Image: Google Street View

Officer treated in hospital for injuries to hand, head and body after Ballyogan assault

The brutal killing of Garda Tony Golden in a ‘murder-suicide’ in 2015 shocked the Irish public. Three years later, the blame game (...)

Adrian Crevan Mackin who shot dead Garda Tony Golden and his former partner, Siobhán Phillips in 2015.

Crevan Mackin prescribed cocktail of drugs at time of Garda Tony Golden murder

Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualain, on Video link at the public meeting of the Policing Authority with Garda Commissioner in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Teams of gardaí raided homes of 31 suspects across 12 counties in February

The scene of the crash on Wellington Quay in Dublin on Tuesday afternoon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Gardaí pin driver to ground after car hits several vehicles in multiple incidents

Asian recruit resigns after investigators find he paid gay woman from Eastern Europe to wed him

Garda Tony Golden who was shot dead in Omeath, Co Louth, 2015.

Jury returns verdict of unlawful killing, adding Garda Golden died of multiple gunshot wounds

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