The “buffer” between the direct provision occupancy rates  and the total number of beds available “has been decreasing for three years”. Photograph: Getty Images

Overcrowding in centres is now so ‘acute’ that maintenance work cannot be carried out

Stephen O’Connor died after incident outside fast food outlet in Killorglin last Sunday

Drew Harris, the Garda Commissioner, said: ‘No form of intimidation outside the homes of elected officials or other public figures would be tolerated by gardaí.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda Commissioner warns protesters targeting Ministers’ homes

Drew Harris, Garda Commissioner, said some disciplinary cases could ‘drag on for many months’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said each failure had been sent to superintendents

The survey concludes 4.5 per cent of those surveyed fell victim to crime in the last quarter of last year, the lowest level for four years

Claims Ireland experiencing unreported crime epidemic debunked by Garda study

Sources in the GRA, which represents more than 10,000 rank-and-file gardaí, confirmed its executive meeting would  discuss the nurses’ proposal. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

GRA says it is coming under pressure from members

A Range Rover seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau on Tuesday. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Gardaí also seized two Audis, a Range Rover Sport and a Harley Davidson motorbike

On average, a fee of €20,000 was paid to the facilitators with the woman, many of whom were impoverished, being paid €2,000 or less. Photograph: iStock

Vast majority of foreign nationals living in Ireland have gone through correct channels

John Lawless was shot dead in Darndale on Friday morning. Photograph: Garda Press Office

Gardaí name Darndale victim as John Lawless and issue fresh appeal for witnesses

A file image of members of the Permanent and Reserve Defence Forces taking part in a training exercise in the  Glen of Imaal in Co Wicklow.

TDs told Reserve Defence Forces members’ group feels ‘fobbed off’ by Department of Defence

Michael Keogh

Victim found dead in underground car park in Dublin’s north inner city in 2017

Shane O’Farrell was killed in August 2011, while cycling on the N2 near Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan.

Victim (23) killed by criminal while cycling after litany of justice system mistakes

Computers as well as other media devices on which images could be viewed or stored, were taken away by gardaí for analysis

Addresses were identified for searching based on the users’ internet address

Boot full of cigarettes seized in raid by gardaí

Garda helicopter scrambled to track raiders after burglaries in Wicklow and Wexford

The Garda search operation in Co Louth where quantities of ammunition and a mortar tube were discovered. Photograph: An Garda Síochána handout/PA Wire

Mortar tube and ammunition linked to dissident republicans active along Border

The Government has today appointed   Dr Vicky Conway to the Policing Authority.

Appointment of Paul Mageean and Dr Vicky Conway approved by the government

“Any person who is alleged to have committed an offence is entitled to due process and also to their good name,” warns Garda. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

Cyclists were asked by Garda Twitter account to remove videos

The incidents that have come to light to date involve people highlighting alleged illegal parking on cycle lanes or objectionable driving.  Photograph: iStock

Garda cites ‘data protection’ as it tells users to take down videos featuring registrations

Independent House, Talbot Street, home to Independent News & Media. File photograph: Alan Betson

Conviction for contempt can result in unlimited fines

The house on St Attracta Road, Cabra, where shots were fired at the front facade. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Three people escape uninjured after several shots are fired at a house in Cabra

People were promised significant returns on the money they invested in the scheme File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Derry man refused cash from fund as he introduced victims to scheme organiser

Alleged attack happened on St Stephen’s Day

A  Syrian Democratic Forces fighter keeps watch  in Hajin, in the Deir Ezzor province, eastern Syria, on December 15th, 2018. File photograph: Getty Images

Suspects were not on Garda watchlist of Islamist extremists in Republic

Forensic officers at the scene of the bomb attack on Derry Courthouse. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Security sources concerned about potential for further violence in event of hard border

Forensic officers on Sunday inspect the remains of the van used at the weekend as a car bomb on an attack outside the courthouse in Derry. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Source says dissidents would seize on anything that furthered the capacity for terrorism

Flowers left at the scene in Swords where Zach Parker was shot and killed on Thursday night. Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

The 23-year-old shot dead in Swords was a relative unknown in the gangland roll-call

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: the Garda Representative Association is seeking an urgent meeting with him about the “invaluable” Garda youth diversion programme.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

GRA claims failure in youth crime policing due to training and technology shortfalls

The scene of a double shooting beside a gym in the Applewood area of Swords  on Thursday night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Number of distraught people arrived at scene visibly upset and claiming to know victims

Zach Parker (23) died at the scene of the Swords shooting

Gardaí examining possible drugs motive for double shooting that left second man seriously injured in Swords

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: In relation to child offenders, victims and the public, he said  “We have failed, and failed by a very considerable margin, in a large number of cases.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Garda chief deems inaction on 3,500 children a ‘failure’ amid fears for adult cases

The news was so bad that Garda Commissioner Drew Harris  felt compelled to apologise to the youth criminals, their victims and Irish society across the board. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Harris grilled by the Policing Authority about failings in the youth justice system

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said the force had ‘let down’ the victims, the young people and the public generally. Photograph: Eric Luke

Internal Garda review finds rape and firearm offences among 7,900 ‘overlooked’ crimes

The entrance to the Thornton Hall site. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Land bought for Thornton Hall super-prison offered to Land Development Agency instead

Since the Thornton Hall prison site was acquired almost €20 million has been spent on consultancy and legal fees along with works. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Jail housing 2,200 envisaged in 2005 now regarded as ‘counterproductive’

Gardaí and an officer from the National Crime Agency in the UK at a property in the Tamworth area on Saturday. Photograph: National Crime Agency

Thomas Kavanagh (51) was one of three arrested at Birmingham Airport

Gardaí and an officer from the National Crime Agency in the UK at a property in the Tamworth area on Saturday. Photograph: National Crime Agency

The men who are from Dublin were detained in connection with supply of drugs and firearms in Ireland and the UK

Burned-out vans and cars in the yard of the house in Strokestown in December. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Gardaí feared unrest outside the courthouse if his appearance was flagged in advance

Dr Deirdre O’Flaherty’s car was found at Kinnego Beach on the Inishowen peninsula in January 2009 after she disappeared. Photograph: An Garda

Deirdre O’Flaherty’s car was found on Donegal beach on day she vanished

Cab officers were backed up during the raids by armed members of the Garda Emergency Response Unit. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

62-year-old is focus of Cab inquiry into property portfolio in Ireland and UK

The 62-year-old was convicted in 2008 over 15 million smuggled cigarettes, and jailed in Maghaberry prison

Man who is focus of a smuggling inquiry has convictions for terrorism and robbery

The dead woman has been named locally as Elizabeth Piotrowska (57), a mother of two. She was originally from Poland but had lived in the Clonmore estate in Ardee.

People who knew suspect said they understood he suffered from mental illness bouts

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting at St Laurence’s Terrace in Bray. Photograph: James Forde

The victim, who was shot in the chest, has a number of criminal convictions

During the raids officers seized sterling and euro notes worth a total of around €10,000, Viagra and evidence of illicit tobacco and alcohol.

Eight premises in Monaghan and Cavan searched as investigation continues

Josephine Feehily: said the Policing Authority had constantly pursued the Garda last year in relation to its record in investigation of domestic violence. File photograph: Alan Betson

Policing Authority chair concerned over killing of two women in their homes in one week

The dead woman has been  named locally as Elizabeth Piotrowska (57), a mother of two. She was originally from Poland but had lived in the Clonmore estate in Ardee.

Suspect had close personal relationship with deceased woman and her husband

The scene in Ardee, Co Louth, where the woman’s body was found. Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

Gardaí describe scene of Ardee murder as “gruesome” but say “we’re not looking for anybody else”

Dr Deirdre O’Flaherty’s car was found at Kinnego Beach on the Inishowen peninsula in January 2009 after she disappeared. Photograph: An Garda

Dig comes after letter claimed to know exact location of remains of Dr Deirdre O’Flaherty who vanished in Donegal

The rank-and-file garda who made the complaints Gsoc is investigating previously made other complaints against other colleagues with whom he worked closely.

Earlier complaints do not relate to senior officer suspended pending inquiry outcome

The vast majority of investigations conducted by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission into members of the force must cease if the Garda member under investigation resigns or retires. Photograph: Frank Miller

Only in cases where charge being pursued would process continue after retirement

 A frontline Garda member made the protected disclosure, which is currently being investigated by Gsoc. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Officer is being investigated on foot of a protected disclosure made late last year

Sgt Maurice McCabe, after giving evidence at the Disclosures Tribunal, with  with his wife, Lorraine, at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Allegations created a media and political frenzy when they were first reported

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe. File photograph: Séamus Kiernan/Westmeath Topic

Former commissioner knew media reports about Supt Cunningham and Sgt Martin were untrue

A senior Garda officer is under investigation over alleged serious misconduct during  his duties. File photograph:   Gareth Chaney/Collins

Officer remains in his post as Gsoc inquiry into allegations continues

The refugee application centre on Mount Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Syria tops list of countries from where most new asylum seekers came in 2017

Some Department of Justice sources said trends around asylum seeking had always fluctuated. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Most of 3,500 asylum seekers in 2018 were from Georgia, then Albania and Syria

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to the three-vehicle crash in Limerick. File photograph:  Getty Images

Motorcyclist (50s) dies in three-way crash in Co Limerick

Dubliner Eric Fowler (34)  was shot dead in Blanchardstown on Saturday night

Gardaí investigate attack in Blanchardstown on Saturday night

In the early hours of last Sunday a Roscommon property was stormed by a gang who beat security men guarding the premises, burning their vans and cars and forcing them out of the house. Photograph: Brian Farrell

KBC Bank will likely be asked to aid inquiry started by the Private Security Authority

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said victims of sex offences should come forward and can be confident of a professional approach from gardaí. File photograph: Collins

Increase in sex crimes reported to Garda coincides with period of #MeToo movement

 Gráinne Nic Gibb, partner and Grainne Nic Lochlainn, sister of Ronan MacLochlainn arriving for the Commission of Investigation of the fatal shooting by An Garda Siochana of Ronan Mac Lochlainn in 2015. File photograph: Alan Betson

Garda’s inquiry into shooting heavily criticised by MacLochlainn Commission

Gardaí assisting a woman from the  courthouse in Smithfield on Thursday. Photograph: Collins

Courts Service express serious concern at hoax bomb incident

Broken window at house in Falsk, near Strokestown, Co Roscommon: Two suspects were arrested  on Wednesday morning and are being questioned on suspicion of assault and criminal damage. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Gun and truck seized as gardaí focus on dissident republicans and local suspects

The aftermath of the violence that followed the eviction near Strokestown, Co Roscommon, last week. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Financial reward not enough for many firms which fear reputational damage of videos on social media

The scene on Tuesday at the house in Strokestown, Co Roscommon, which was the centre of then eviction. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Gardaí believe dissident republicans were involved in attack

The house in Strokestown, Co Roscommon, at the centre of an eviction controversy. Photograph: Brian Farrell

Gardaí think attackers believed security workers had British military backgrounds

The scene on Tuesday at the house in Strokestown, Co Roscommon, which was the centre of then eviction. Photograph: Brian Farrell

‘You only have to look at the hate for gardaí on Facebook this week’

A broken window is seen in the house at  Falsk, near Strokestown, Co Roscommon, where burnt out vehicles and smashed windows are testimony to  violence that happened at the property on Sunday.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Adult siblings return to contested property after violent confrontation on Sunday

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

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