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

Naoufal Fassih leaving the High Court last year. Photograph: Courts Collins

Gang leader with links to Kinahan cartel sentenced for role in 2015 shooting in Holland

The Irish Prison Service said that  if leading criminals can source mobile phones they can continue to direct their crime gangs from prison. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Prison Service says 872 mobiles were found in jails last year, highest number since 2013

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said “sanctions up to and including the loss of remission should be imposed if appropriate”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Prison Officers’ Association wants sanctions and loss of remission used to impose order

Conference heard that remand prisoners and female prisoners had become two “pressure points”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Prison Officers’ Association wants spare capacity in the minimum security prisons used

Gangs control parts of some of the State’s jails and are continuing to deal drugs and order murders outside the prison system, a prison officers’ group has claimed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Rising wealth, reach of criminal groups has emboldened jailed members, conference told

The Prison Officers Association says at least 13 of its members have been assaulted by inmates over the past year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

POA wants action on assaults by prisoners, not ‘hugging philosophy’ from managers

Charlie Flanagan: he said an increase in the number seeking asylum had begun last year following a ‘steady decline’ since 2008.

Minister for Justice says cost of direct provision accommodation now €67m per year

Suspect questioned over killing of Ioan Artene Bob can be held for up to 24 hours

Christy Griffin has been released from Midlands Prison, Portlaoise. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Freeing of Christy Griffin raises fears of third gang feud in inner city Dublin

A photograph showing packages hidden in a mattress in a house in Dublin searched by gardaí during raids on Tuesday. Photograph: An Garda

€250,000 in cash stuffed into mattress seized during Garda raids in north Dublin

There had been concern for decades that only a small percentage of sex crime victims ever made a complaint to the Garda. But new statistics show the true rate of reporting is even lower than previously believed. File photograph: Getty Images

Rape Crisis Centre concerned at new errors uncovered in sex crimes data since 2003

 Dublin Rape Crisis Centre chief executive Noeline Blackwell: some victims of sexual and domestic violence who visit Garda stations at busy times are told “We’re dealing with something more important. Come back in the morning.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

All frontline gardaí need training in sexual violence cases, says Noeline Blackwell

The arrested man is due in court on Sunday. Photograph: Frank Miller

Gardaí discover quantity of cannabis herb after stopping speeding car on M8

A murder inquiry has begun after a postmortem on the remains of Ioan Artene Bob (49), a father-of-one and Romanian national who had never come to the attention of the Garda.

Romanian national Ioan Artene Bob dies after being found in Sean Walsh Park on Friday

Keith Lee with Joanne Lee. File photograph:  Facebook

Garda, Prison Service and Inspector of Prisons inquiries will seek to determine facts

Keith Lee leaves the Criminal Courts of Justice after a special sitting at Parkgate Street. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Cocktail of cocaine abuse, depression and an affair ended in Keith murdering Joanne

Brexit planning: only about a third as many gardaí are posted in the Border region now as were stationed there during the Troubles. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

‘Crime corridors’ may worsen as illegal immigrants head for Britain, officers warn

Gardaí uncovered vehicles that were stolen in the UK and brought to Ireland at the catering company’s premises. Photograph: Eric Luke

One employee at scene admits to fraudulently claiming €75,000 in disability benefit

Broadcaster Paul Williams, is suing The Sunday Times over coverage of the Charleton Tribunal. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Newspaper wrongly stated Williams interviewed Maurice McCabe accuser with Noirin O’Sullivan’s son

Gardaí are investigating the alleged rape of a nine-year-old girl.

Gardaí are investigating following alleged incident in the Leinster area on Sunday

An image of the strimmers and lawnmowers recovered in the garda searces. Photograph: An Garda Síochána Facebook page

One man arrested as CAB, Revenue and gardaí carry out searches targeting proceeds of organised crime

Gardaí in Co Mayo have arrested three men following a high-speed  chase during which two Garda patrol cars were rammed. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two gardaí are injured as a result of the incident in the early hours of Wednesday

Mr Justice Peter Charleton at the Tribunal of Inquiry into protected disclosures made under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 and certain other matters. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

In report on Garda Harrison the tribunal said simpler ways needed to dismiss gardaí

Migrants from Ethiopia in Calais. ‘Ireland could become a sort of Calais-style camp’. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

Sources say immigration checks are likely within the common travel area for first time

The homicide rate over the last three years, including gun murders, was the lowest for any three-year period since the Central Statistics Office began compiling figures in 2003. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Resources on combating organised crime generate unprecedented intelligence - Garda

Garda Shane Cuffe from Moycullen, Co Galway, died at Clifden Garda station (above) while he was on duty on Monday morning. File photograph: Google Street View

Garda Shane Cuffe discovered by colleagues at Clifden station on Monday morning

The man is due to appear before a special sitting of the CCJ tomorrow. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin man to appear at special court sitting following anti-organised crime operation

The document says: “It is contempt of court punishable by fine and or imprisonment to repeat any statements made in the jury room.”

However, restriction around discussing the deliberations is clearly set out in document

Two loaded revolvers were found in cars stopped by gardaí at Monastery Gate Avenue, Clondalkin on Friday. File photograph: Getty Images

Four Irish people and two Eastern Europeans detained in separate Garda raids

New garda Audi Q7 cars were unsuitable to access Lidl, in Fortunestown, Dublin during recent snow as they were automatic and not four-wheel drive. File photograph: Collins

Agsi hears of ‘haphazard approach’ and no clear policy and advice

Donal Ó Cualain, acting Garda commissioner,  at the Agsi annual conference in Tullow,  Co Carlow. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Concern that disturbances may take place during visits by Trump or Pope Francis

While the number of homicides have fallen, crime rates have now surged quite significantly for many other types of offences. Photograph: iStockphoto

CSO releases figures but warns it is not satisfied with how crime is being recorded by Garda

Publication of new crime data halted last year after errors with homicide figures

Russia’s ambassador to Ireland, Yury Filatov, leaves the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ambassador denounces ‘political theatre’ and ‘cover-up’ over UK chemical attack

A Garda at the aftermath of the fire that killed 10 people at Carrickmines, Dublin, in October 2015. Picture Nick Bradshaw

Gardaí who attended Dublin fire that killed 10 still suffering, AGSI conference hears

Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin at the Agsi annual delegate conference,   Mount Wolseley Hotel in Tullow, Co  Carlow. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

The current shortage of sergeants and inspectors is at crisis point, says Agsi president

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