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Garda training: Many armed gardaí go their entire careers without firing or even drawing their weapons. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Accidental discharges account for almost a third of all Garda firearms use in the past five years. Since 2016 armed gardaí have fired their weapons o(...)

Armed gardaí   in the north inner city of Dublin. A process is currently under way to withdraw firearms from gardaí who do not require them, mainly detectives not assigned to frontline duty. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

The Garda is dramatically reducing the number of members carrying guns as it moves towards a model of having specialist units act as the force’s prima(...)

Figures revealed in The Irish Times show that by 2019, 27 per cent of gardaí held firearms authorisation. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

“The Garda Síochána will succeed not by force of arms or numbers, but on their moral authority as servants of the people.” Those were the words spoke(...)

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris wrote a memo in response to recent criticism from the Garda Representative Association. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has rejected claims made by the Garda Representative Association (GRA) that the force’s armed response capability was a(...)

Members of the Emergency Response Unit training in Dublin in 2018. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) has raised serious concerns about the resources, training and equipment available to the Emergency Response(...)

Premises used by the club in Crumlin were searched on Friday by a large team of detectives and members of the heavily armed Emergency Response Unit.

Gardaí have raided a premises linked to a group of bikers based in Dublin as some members of the group are suspected of involvement in organised crime(...)

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris was travelling in a PSNI vehicle which was hit by a security bollard as it entered Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park two weeks ago. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Garda Síochána has said an incident which damaged a vehicle carrying Garda Commissioner Drew Harris was the result of a “malfunction” and was not(...)

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: security has been significantly stepped up for Mr Harris due to his previous role in the PSNI and the suspected threat from dissident paramilitary groups. Photograph: Alan Betson

A PSNI vehicle carrying Garda Commissioner Drew Harris was damaged during a security alert at Garda headquarters in Dublin’s Phoenix Park last month. (...)

Investigators were satisfied there was a single discharge of a Garda weapon  on the raid on a house in Dublin, a Gsoc spokesman said. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A public-interest investigation into the accidental discharge of a Garda weapon during a raid on a private residence was “not warranted”, the Garda Sí(...)

Nicky Kelly after he was freed from prison in 1984. Photograph: Tom Lawlor/The Irish Times

The Garda has been dogged by controversy and scandal over the last number of years in particular. However, controversy has not ever been far from the (...)

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