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Cancelled calls: Drew Harris told the Policing Authority on Thursday that 5,971 ‘priority 1’ calls were examined in a recent analysis. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Between 400 and 500 high-priority crimes, including domestic violence, were not investigated by gardaí because 999 calls were inappropriately cancelle(...)

New measures were put in place in November to ensure it was no longer possible to cancel emergency 999 calls about domestic abuse. Photograph: iStock

The number of 999 calls being cancelled by Garda members has fallen by more than half, and domestic violence call cancellations have dropped by two-th(...)

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris  apologised to domestic violence victims whose emergency calls for help were not met with the kind of policing response they were entitled to.

The cancellation by Garda members of 999 emergency calls from victims of domestic violence has been described by the Policing Authority as troubling. (...)

Speaking at a public meeting of the Policing Authority on Thursday, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris apologised to domestic violence victims whose calls were cancelled.  Photo: Leah Farrell/

Gardaí investigating cancelled domestic violence 999 calls are also examining more than 19,000 other cancelled emergency calls related to “priority on(...)

 Garda Commissioner Drew Harris  said the problem of cancelled domestic violence 999 calls had been caused by “technological and procedural failings” as well as gardaí “not adhering” to practices set down for combating domestic violence. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has apologised to domestic violence victims whose emergency calls for help were not met with the kind of policing respo(...)

 Policing Authority chairperson Bob Collins made known his ‘deep dissatisfaction and significant concern’   File photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharpix

The Policing Authority has strongly criticised An Garda Síochána for an “unacceptable” delay of six months in informing it of a growing controversy in(...)

In a formal review of its first five years, the Authority said it had established itself as an effective body with a ‘maturing’ relationship with the Garda as senior members and staff increasingly accept oversight and recognise its benefits. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The Policing Authority has called for “further improvement” in the Garda’s response to requests for information, saying delays remain a problem half a(...)

As of March 11th, 13,019 fines have been issued for breaches of regulations, an increase of 7,235 since the last report to February 11th. Photograph: iStock

Urban community groups have claimed an increase in random stop-and-searches by gardaí on young people has had “damaging effects”. The Policing Author(...)

In the authority’s report it has emerged that 62 enforcement actions have been taken by gardai against people. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Republic should not follow the example of other European countries who have introduced strong powers for their police forces to enforce Covid-19 r(...)

Theresa Chimamkpam and Elias Jegede with their belongings after being evicted from Berkeley Road, Dublin, on Wednesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

An Garda Síochána’s involvement in an eviction at a house in Dublin last week suggests the organisation has failed to learn lessons from previous simi(...)

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