Good Shepherd Catholic Church on the Ormeau Road in Belfast. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

An investigation into Northern Ireland’s mother and baby homes and Magdalene laundries will be independent and put the needs of victims first, Norther(...)

Researchers from Queen’s and Ulster universities examined the workings of homes run by both Catholic and Protestant churches and religious organisations between 1922 and 1999

A report into more than a dozen mother and baby homes and Magdalene laundries in the North is expected to raise questions around infant mortality rate(...)

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris: Said breaking up gatherings not   ‘catered for’ by Government’s  Covid-19 regulations. Photograph: Alan Betson

The policing of house parties and large-scale street gatherings had been “difficult” for the Garda during the Covid-19 pandemic, but it was that doubt(...)

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris attending his first meeting with the Policing Authority with from left: Pat Leahy, David Sheahan and John Twomey, in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Gardaí will be forced to deal with more public order issues at properties occupied by housing crisis protesters, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has sa(...)

The Central Statistics Office has suspended publication of any more crime data. A Garda report on homicide figures will be analysed to determine by how much the Republic’s homicide rate has been understated for the last decade and a half.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Garda has been counting as “detected”, or solved, crimes that never went to court or reached any conclusion in the criminal justice system. It ha(...)

Acting Garda Commissioner Donall O’ Cualain during a meeting in public of the Policing Authority  at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Garda is solving significantly fewer violent crimes, including sexual offences, than before, the Policing Authority has said. It has also emerged(...)

Josephine Feehily (left), chairwoman of the Policing Authority and former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Eric Luke

Head of the Policing Authority Josephine Feehily has ruled herself out of the competition to become the next Garda commissioner. And an experienced m(...)

Josaphine Feehily (left) chairperson of the Policing Authority with John Twomey, deputy commissioner, and Nóirín O’Sullivan, Garda Commissioner, at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham for their meeting on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

It may have had the air of a first day of school about it, but the good people of the Policing Authority were never going to demand lunch money from G(...)

Josephine Feehily: her first task will be to assist in the selection of the next Garda commissioner, a post currently filled on a interim basis by Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government has appointed the outgoing chairman of the Revenue Commissioners, Josephine Feehily, as the new chairwoman of the Policing Authority. (...)

Caitríona Ruane has called for a fresh recruitment process to select the next deputy chief constable  of the PSNI.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin Policing Board member Caitríona Ruane has withdrawn from the panel to recruit a new PSNI deputy chief constable.Calling for a fresh recruit(...)

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