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A Garda checkpoint mounted as part of Operation Fanacht on the M4 between Leixlip and Maynooth  this month.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Dáil is set to sit for an extra day this week in order to give more time to debate extending extraordinary powers given to the State during the Co(...)

Gardaí said Covid-19 legislation had not provided it ‘with any additional powers to search a person or enter a private dwelling’.

A leading Irish civil rights group has expressed serious concerns about the manner in which a group of students attending a house party in Cork this w(...)

Spit hoods, or anti-spit guards as they are called by the Garda, are wire and fabric devices which are forcibly placed over the heads of suspects to stop them purposely spitting or coughing on gardaí. File photograph: PA

At least 14 per cent of spit-hood deployments by gardaí since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic have involved people with obvious mental illnesses. (...)

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(...)

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, seen here with Garda  Commissioner Drew Harris, said the Cabinet had decided that a ‘penal provision’ around house gatherings of more than six guests ‘would be an extreme measure, particularly around entering somebody’s home.’ Photograph: Collins

Proposals for criminal penalties for people organising house parties, quickly rejected by Cabinet on Friday, raised “concerns” over how Government dec(...)

Some 104 individuals had the payment stopped in the past two weeks following checks at airports. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

The “vast majority” of people who had their €350 pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) stopped as a result of travelling abroad, were “leaving the count(...)

  Passengers at Dublin Airport prepare to fly to various locations on July 1st.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Passengers from non-green list countries should prove they have tested negative for coronavirus before travelling here, State airports company DAA wil(...)

Fianna Fáil’s  Willie O’Dea: he  said it was “not right and proper that one category of people” should be “singled out for punishment”. Photograph: Getty Images

New rules stripping those on unemployment assistance of their payments because they leave the State could be vulnerable to legal challenge, civil libe(...)

New rules mean people travelling may lose benefits and must be ‘genuinely seeking work’. Photograph: iStock

What the PUP is going on? Quite. Let’s start at the beginning: The Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) is the €350 a week enhanced social welfare ben(...)

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has questioned the legality of controversial PUP checks at airports. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has questioned the legality of controversial checks being carried out at airports to identify travellers in rece(...)

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