The purity of cocaine at street level is also increasing as users become more discerning, the leader of the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre said. Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

The Irish-led agency responsible for tackling the importation of drugs into Europe seized more than €2 billion worth of cocaine last year, its largest(...)

Gardaí search an area around a house at Rathmullen Park in Drogheda on Thursday in relation to the murder of Keane Mulready-Woods. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Family members of murdered teenager Keane Mulready-Woods have been sent images and videos purporting to depict the boy’s murder and dismemberment. Ga(...)

Dundalk woman Lisa Smith. File photograph: BBC screengrab

The Garda has confirmed Dundalk woman Lisa Smith is under criminal investigation for terrorist offences and will be questioned if she returns to Irela(...)

The charity currently has 61 people on the waiting list, which it said is a record high. Photograph: iStock

Homeless people in Dublin are waiting almost three times longer for a drug and alcohol addiction programme than they were two years ago due to an incr(...)

Globalisation was always about much more than increased trade. Its origins lie in the liberalisation of finance and the weakening of nation states. Photograph: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty

Is the era of globalisation coming to an end? Are we moving to an increasingly multipolar world? Will existing global institutions be replaced by new (...)

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn, said Tramore Valley Park park would be the largest park in the city. Photograph: Cork County Council

A 70 hectare (173 acre) park has opened on the site of a former landfill facility in Cork city. The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Mick Finn, said Tramore(...)

A toilet  at Charleville CBS in Co Cork, where part of the roof recently fell in.

The Department of Education has spent more than €225,000 on prefabs for a Co Cork primary school as a result of delays in building an extension, the s(...)

Charleville CBS primary school. Image: Google Maps

Parents of pupils attending a dilapidated primary school in Co Cork have backed the principal’s threat not to reopen after Easter without a firm commi(...)

The bales of cocaine found in the cargo hold of the ship. Photograph: Cape Verde Judicial Police

The former garda who leads Europe’s “first line of defence” against drug smuggling has described last week’s seizure of cocaine worth €800 million in (...)

Some of the 260 bales of cocaine found in the cargo hold of the ship Photograph: Cape Verde Judicial Police

A “significant” proportion of the roughly €1 billion euro cocaine seizure off the coast of Africa was destined for the Irish market, gardaí believe. (...)

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