A Garda checkpoint for Covid-19 restrictions at St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The use of spit hoods by the Garda has increased almost 70 per cent in the past week, according to new figures on the force’s enforcement of Covid-19 (...)

The TCD research found that certain behaviours by people can help the effectiveness of the Bluetooth function. File photograph: Getty

New research has cast doubts over the accuracy of contact tracing apps that use a phone’s Bluetooth technology which will be a core feature of the ver(...)

A Department of Justice spokesman said residents of the hotel had been asked by medical experts to self-quarantine. Photograph: Google Maps

Nearly 80 asylum seekers have asked to be relocated from the town of Cahersiveen in Co Kerry after quarantine measures were introduced at the direct p(...)

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris said that  not only were some suspects spitting at the Garda during the Covid-19 crisis period, they were biting the inside of their mouth first resulting in saliva and blood being spat at some gardaí. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gardaí had no right to look into people’s shopping bags as they checked if people were complying with Covid-19 regulations but armed Garda members wou(...)

Garda  Commissioner Drew Harris: policing during the pandemic has been criticised by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. Photograph: Alan Betson

Concerns have been raised about the “wholly inappropriate” use of armed gardaí at Covid-19 checkpoints. In a letter sent to Garda Commissioner Drew H(...)

Gardaí stop and question people at a checkpoint on O’Connell Street in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The State’s human rights watchdog has called for more oversight on whether policing powers given to the Garda during the coronavirus crisis “are being(...)

Debenhams workers gathered to protest outside the store on Henry Street, Dublin on Tuesday but were asked to move on by Gardaí. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government should review the decision to exclude protest from the list of reasonable excuses to leave home during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Irish(...)

There is currently no direction for Gardaí to wear facemasks when dealing with the public. File photograph: Getty Images

The Garda Ombudsman will not have oversight over the use of controversial spit hoods by gardaí during the coronavirus crisis. The hoods, 16,000 of wh(...)

 A large Garda checkpoint on the M4 near Celbridge, Co Kildare as new powers come into effect. Photograph: Alan Betson

I thought the Taoiseach announced restrictions on movement two weeks ago? When Leo Varadkar announced measures limiting non-essential travel and work(...)

The Graham Dwyer challenge contends that metadata obtained by the Garda in the case was gathered unlawfully. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

This week, in a long-awaited judgment in the Graham Dwyer challenge to the State’s use of data retention in his murder case, the Irish Supreme Court d(...)

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