A  Garda spokeswoman declined to confirm the scenes of crime role will be civilianised but said the impact of civilisation has been ‘a key consideration for Garda management’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There is widespread concern among rank-and-file gardaí about plans to replace Garda crime scene examiners with civilian personnel. About 150 gardaí a(...)

Members of Kilcummin Community Alert, Co  Kerry, meeting at Kilcummin Post Office before checking on their elderly neighbours and friends. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Leading rural organisations have advised local community groups to stick with contingency plans to support anxious residents despite the decision by (...)

Richard Bruton: the Minister for Education’s spokesman said the decision of the ASTI not to co-operate with contingency plans means widespread schools closures are now inevitable. Photograph: Alan Betson

Garda sergeants and inspectors are expected to significantly increase industrial relations pressure on the Government today and vote in favour of joi(...)

 Image from a Garda Representative Association protest outside Government Buildings in Dublin earlier this year. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Contingency plans involving Garda Reserve volunteers and recruits are being drawn up to provide cover if Garda sergeants and inspectors choose to join(...)