John O Keeffe

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Kerry’s John O’Keeffe in action in July 1982. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

With his precise demeanour and dislike of overstatement, John O’Keeffe steps gingerly around the idea that this is the 50th anniversary of his first s(...)

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris earlier this month in Templemore, Co Tipperary. “Regrettably, An Garda Síochána will significantly exceed the budget this year,” he said on Thursday. Photograph: Don Moloney/Press 22

Spending in An Garda Síochána is too high and overtime and other forms of discretionary spending have been cut for the remainder of the year, Garda Co(...)

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The biggest staff associations in An Garda Síochána have moved to stress the importance of overtime in providing a comprehensive policing service. Th(...)

Just 63 gardaí and 37 reserve officers are from ethnic backgrounds. The two non-Irish nationalities with the highest representation are Chinese (20) and Polish (12). Photograph: Eric Luke

Ethnic minorities form just 0.4 per cent of An Gardaí Síochána, compared to 6 per cent of UK police forces. The lack of racial diversity in the force(...)

Members of the Garda at a checkpoint in  Dublin. The GRA says many of its  members may not report assaults on them. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Garda Representative Association has called for Tasers to be given to all frontline gardaí after new figures showed that a dozen officers were in(...)

Jim Gavin: was used in his playing days to curbing his own natural game in order to service the greater  needs of the Dublin team. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There was much in retrospect that looks obvious about Jim Gavin’s playing days when tracing his development into the most successful Dublin football m(...)

Shane McGrath and his disappointed Tipperary team-mates after the 2-17 to 0-20 league final defeat to Kilkenny at Nowlan Park  in 2013. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There was just a minute gone in the second half of extra-time in the 2009 league final. A minute gone and nine to go and all money down. Noel McGrath(...)

The amount paid out in compensation to gardaí for sustaining injuries after being attacked while on duty last year soared by 21 per cent to €5.7m.

The amount paid out in compensation to gardaí for sustaining injuries after being attacked while on duty last year soared by 21 per cent to €5.7m. Th(...)

Ireland’s Pearce Hanley in action at Sunday’s  International Rules series first Test against Australia. Hanley is ruled out of the second Test due to injury. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland face into a second Test in Perth trailing by 10 points, a deficit that has never been overturned in the history of the series. The most encour(...)

Zach Tuohy during Ireland International Rules  training in  Melbourne, Australia. Photograph:   Getty Images

Since leaving Laois to make his AFL debut in 2011, Zach Tuohy has gone about the business of becoming one of the top Irish players in Australia with a(...)

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