The soccer World Cup was Ireland’s top-trending Google search this year

Google’s Year in Search reveals Ireland’s conflicted attitude to eating

While 58% of the general public believe the Garda is a modern and progressive organisation, only 20% of trans people expressed the same view. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Only 8% of trans people described trust in gardaí as ‘very high’ compared with 43% of wider population

The emergency services were alerted in the early hours of Tuesday morning to the death of the 65-year-old at his home in Ashbourne, Co Meath.

Suspect released and file to be prepared for the DPP

The victim attended her workplace Christmas party in south Dublin on Saturday night into Sunday morning and took a taxi from the venue to go home. File photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí appeal for witnesses following alleged assault in a car in Dublin 4 at the weekend

Domestic violence was being under-recorded, or underestimated, by a ‘considerable amount’, a CSO review of the quality of crime data has found. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

CSO review of data finds domestic violence cases often only recorded as assault

Detectives investigating the vintage car scam believe about 20 vehicles were obtained by the gang by fraudulent or deceptive means

Many victims of scam are older people who have been targeted across the country

Gardaí at Pearse Street station are investigating the alleged rape of a woman at a Dublin hotel.

Gardaí have begun gathering items that may have evidential value in the case

The Four Courts in Dublin. Last month, High Court judge Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly again sought clarification from the Court of Justice of the European Union on the legality of European arrest warrants.

Number surrendered to Republic from other EU states remains close to all-time highs

Leo Varadkar: “I think we need to examine court procedures and the way our courts are managed so that cases can be heard more quickly”

Thinly veiled criticism comes as Varadkar rejects call by judge for more appointments

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar reviews a trainee guard of honour on his first visit to Templemore Garda Training College, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/

PSNI says it will need 400 additional officers if UK fails to agree EU exit deal

A still image from CCTV of a man being arrested in  Castleblayney where a vehicle collided with a parked car causing the death of Stephen Marron. Image: Newsfile

Driver faces serious criminal charges after Stephen Marron (47) is killed on Tuesday

CCTV from the incident in Castleblayney where a vehicle collided with a parked car causing the death of Stephen Marron.

‘Devoted’ husband and father of two was killed by man fleeing gardaí

CCTV from the incident in Castleblayney where a vehicle collided with a parked car causing the death of Stephen Marron. Image: Newsfile

Driver faces serious criminal charges after Monaghan death on Tuesday night

A camper van seized by Cab officers during a search operation on Wednesday

Two arrests follow nine searches in Dublin area and one in Galway

The scene where an elderly couple were found dead at Kilderry, on the Johnswell Road outside Kilkenny city. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Postmortems awaited but carbon monoxide regarded as likely cause of deaths

The true number of sex offenders and victims was likely to be “a multiple” of what had emerged to date.

The organisation has been contacted by over a dozen victims since abuse revelations

The head of the Policing Authority, Josephine Feehily, told a public meeting there were concerns some of the cases had not been fully investigated. File photograph:   Alan Betson

Policing Authority says more proof needed to show all homicides investigated properly

Chief Justice Mr Justice Frank Clarke said additional pressures placed on the Irish judiciary when the Republic becomes the only common law country in the EU after Brexit mean more judges would be needed over time. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

European arrest warrant easier to execute

The Jessbrook Equestrian Centre, built by convicted drug trafficker John Gilligan beside his home. Photograph: Alan Betson

Remaining bungalow and small plot of land sold by private treaty through Dublin agent

 Alexander Prokopchuk, Russian candidate to head the  international police organisation Interpol, pictured in 2015. Photograph:  Russian interior ministry via Reuters

Russia decries US opposition to candidacy of Alexander Prokopchuk as ‘election interference’

No one in vehicle at time of firebomb incident not thought to be related to ongoing Louth feud

Supt Gerry Wall speaking to the media at Leixlip Garda station last week about the fatal shooting of Clive Staunton. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Photos

Kinahan-Hutch feud link and personal dispute also being investigated by detectives

The move would mean that some EU citizens would not enjoy full freedom of movement within the bloc. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Measure being examined aims to stop unwanted people ‘sneaking into Britain’ via State

The changes are seen as a response to commentary being made on live court cases – usually via social media – that have strayed beyond contemporaneous reporting. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Measures mean only ‘bona fide journalists’ and lawyers can tweet or report from trials

Clive Staunton’s body is removed from  the Glen Easton housing estate in Leixlip, Co Kildare, where he was shot on Thursday night. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

Dublin street trader Clive Staunton (50) was related by marriage to the Hutch family

Clive Staunton (50) from Leixlip, Co Kildare, who was fatally shot outside his home in Leixlip

Patrols to be stepped up in north inner city and suburbs such as Clontarf and Crumlin

Some 23 Conservative MPs have publicly said they submitted letters of no confidence in Mrs May. This is still short of the required 48 to trigger a no-confidence vote, although leading pro-Brexit campaigner Steve Baker said the party was “pretty close” to reaching that number

Prime minister gets boost after pro-Brexit minister Michael Gove decided not to resign, and trade secretary Liam Fox backed her

Gardaí examine a van with bullet holes in the windscreen and side window pictured this morning at the scene of the fatal shooting of a man in Glen Easton Park, Leixlip, Co. Kildare last night..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Gardaí fear resumption of Kinahan-Hutch feud violence over Christmas and New Year

Gardaí at the scene of the fatal shooting in Leixlip of Clive Staunton (inset). Photographs: PA and Facebook

Dead man was in his 50s and had returned to his Leixlip home from Ireland football match

Cab trying to determine what portion of crime boss’s wealth is legitimate and which represents proceeds of his crimes.

Robbery and drugs gang chief targeted by Cab was paid to leave State-owned property

  Gardaí had burst into a house on the Moneymore estate and found a young man stripped, beaten and stabbed in a bathroom. He had been abducted a short time earlier by members of the rival gang

Pipe bomb and arson attacks, an abduction and a stabbing follow earlier shooting

A Toyota Land Cruiser seized during garda raids at two sites in Co Meath on Tuesday.

Gang is suspected of being behind theft of Toyota Land Cruisers in Co Meath this year

An XBox games console is among the amenities in the multipurpose room pictured this morning in the new National Violence Reduction Unit in the Midlands Prison, Portlaoise Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Facilities include double-skin doors, visitor boxes and a multipurpose room

The visiting box in the new National Violence Reduction Unit in the Midlands Prison, Portlaoise. The unit is due to open to prisioners next week Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

New €2.7m specialist Portlaoise facility aims to help prisoners self-manage behaviour

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, PSNI temporary deputy chief constable Stephen Martin and Garda Commissioner Drew Harris in Newcastle, Co Down. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

NI likely to be seen as UK weak point by criminal groups, says all-island assessment

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris (right), Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan (centre) and PSNI acting deputy chief constable Stephen Martin, at the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle, Co. Down, during the cross-Border conference on organised crime Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Garda Commissioner made comments at cross-Border crime conference with PSNI

Quinn Industrial Holdings chief executive Liam McCaffrey said the lack of arrests in relation to attacks was “enormously frustrating”. Photograph: Collins

Chief executive indicates need for tougher measures after car set on fire in latest attack

The exhumation of murder victim Marie Tierney at Conahy Graveyard on Wednesday morning. Photograph:   Pat Moore

Mother of two was strangled, body found by Kilkenny roadside two months later

  Nóirín O’Sullivan has been appointed    Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security by the UN.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

UN has appointed her Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security

Sgt Maurice McCabe as he arrived at the Charleton Tribunal in Dublin Castle in April this year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Move comes weeks after Disclosures Tribunal findings

Sexually abused children are the most vulnerable of all who fall victim to crime.  They need a nuanced and sympathetic response from the Garda and other agencies to limit the trauma they have already endured

Child victims will get range of services for trauma as evidence expertly gathered

Drink-drive suspects are deliberately prolonging their own cases, campaigners have claimed. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Decision to contest new three-month ban may leave driver on road for several years

A file image showing John Barrett appearing before the Oireachtas Public Accounts Commitee.

Civilian John Barrett has clashed with senior officers since joining Garda in 2014

Gardaí released photographs of the items seized in the raid

Cab seizes SUV, designer watches and cash during raids in Dublin and Wexford

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris at the committee hearing on Wednesday

Garda chief tells committee Charleton remarks were ‘clarion call’ for action

 Former Boston Police commissioner Bill Evans: “A lot of police organisations say they have community policing, but they only have it in name. They rarely walk the walk.” Photograph: Tom Honan

Former commissioner of Boston Police emphasises need to humanise the force

Because drivers who are  convicted and banned can continue to drive pending appeal, many cases are fought for years.  Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Defence barristers use law to stall cases and keep drivers on road, forum hears

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

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