Maybe Level 5 really is our one last best shot. But are we willing to accept it without question – without a lot of questions? Photograph:  Stephen Collins

This will be the longest, coldest, bleakest winter anyone can remember, and it’s only getting started. Politicians are making cloying promises about “(...)

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 representative groups have called on the Commissioner to retain the hoods for the safety of their members. file photograph: Collins

Forty six gardaí have been spit on by suspects in the two months since the Garda stopped releasing regular updates on such incidents. New figures als(...)

 Charlie Flanagan: said the measures  to  enforce Covid-19 restrictions will be retained only for as long as they are “necessary, effective and proportionate. No longer”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Garda powers to enforce Covid-19 restrictions will remain in place for the short term, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said. Asked if the G(...)

The Policing Authority and the Minister for Justice have say there has been ‘minimal use’ of the hoods so far.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Garda has declined to release figures for the number of times its members have used controversial “spit hoods” since the start of the Covid-19 cri(...)

After the Taoiseach announced the more restrictive public health advice, An Garda Síochána began stopping people to question them about their movements but they  had no additional powers. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The regulations necessary to allow An Garda Síochána arrest people who are not complying with Government policy on social distancing are expected to b(...)

  Peter Casey has refused to acknowledge Travellers as a separate ethnic group. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has condemned comments about Travellers by the presidential candidate Peter Casey, and said that he hopes voters will use the e(...)

Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe Kenneth Kearon said the church believed the constitutional reference to blasphemy was “largely obsolete”. Photograph: Cian Reinhardt

The Church of Ireland is supporting the removal of the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution in the referendum taking place later this month. Bi(...)

Director of Equate  Michael Barron with Minister for Education Richard Bruton at a school admissions seminar organised by Equate last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A civil society group which lobbied in favour of removing the so-called Baptism barrier from Irish schools says a campaign of “groundless” complaints (...)

ICCL director Liam Herrick: “One of the key challenges will be to put in place effective independent oversight processes to monitor national security policing.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The appointment of a former PSNI officer as Garda commissioner should coincide with the introduction of effective oversight procedures for national se(...)

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