Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said discretion was still open to gardaí but they needed to be sure it was discretion they were exercising rather than ‘preference’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Garda Commissioner’s “vague” comments that gardaí could at times exercise “discretion” not to enforce laws against people as long as they were not(...)

The late Anthony Flynn pictured in 2017. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Prominent homeless campaigner and Dublin city councillor Anthony Flynn has died in tragic circumstances. Mr Flynn, who was the founder of the charity(...)

Clonmel’s  West Gate in Irishtown: Since January, gardaí have seized €256,000 worth of drugs in the Tipperary town.  Photograph: John D Kelly

The streets of Clonmel in south Tipperary were empty in January, like everywhere else in the State; but, to Superintendent William Leahy, there was on(...)

Gardaí take names and addresses from protesters who gathered in Dublin city centre following the death of Sarah Everard in the UK.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin gardaí have initiated investigations into 38 protests which have taken place in the capital so far this year. Several of these investigations (...)

Groups of protesters and counter-protesters clashed in Dublin on Saturday at an anti-lockdown demonstration. Photograph:  Paul Faith/ AFP

There has been widespread condemnation of the violent clashes between protesters and counter-protesters at a weekend anti-lockdown demonstration in Du(...)

One Ballyfermot resident said the activity is ‘terrifying for pets and older people’.

Fireworks, being let off on a nightly basis and fired at people and homes, have become a “massive problem” across Dublin, residents and elected repres(...)

 The   Joint Policing Committee  heard a call for Galway County Council and local gardaí to examine the possibility of introducing random drug tests in schools. Photograph: iStock

A HSE addiction specialist has described the drug problem in Galway as the worst he had seen in his 28 years working in addiction services in Ireland,(...)

Kevin Healy-Rae arriving at Kenmare Court on Friday, December 6th, for his sentence hearing. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Two sons of Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae, and their friend, who were given suspended prison sentences for assaulting a visitor to Kenmare during the 201(...)

A Garda checkpoint. File photograph: Tom Honan

The changes even two years can bring. Two years ago, gardaí in Bandon in Co Cork brought dozens of prosecutions against people for being incapable beh(...)

Cocaine use has reportedly returned to Celtic Tiger levels in Ireland. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

According to the Health Research Board’s newsletter, cocaine use has now “returned to Celtic Tiger levels in Ireland”. It is an assertion that will c(...)

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