The group established to monitor reform at the Department of Justice has come out in strong support of a controversial proposal to create an independe(...)

Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan  speaking at a post budget press conference at Government Buildings. Photograph: Garrett White/ Collins

Not all of the Garda or Department of Justice reforms recommended require money and €10 million set aside in the budget to begin the reform process is(...)

The overall Garda budget for 2019 has been set at €1.76 billion, an increase of €110 million on the current year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is providing €60 million for Garda reform next year, though the recruitment of an additional 800 members to the force must come from th(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe introducing the budget in Leinster House.

Below is the full statement of the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe announcing the budget to the Dáil on Tuesday(...)

The use of drones by criminals, the committee heard, has added to the fear felt by rural communities, who are often too fearful to confront suspects, or to report suspicions to the gardaí. File image: iStock

Criminals are using drones to spy on on farms and rural properties before targeting them for burglaries, according to one of the country’s biggest com(...)

Kathleen O’Toole, chairperson of The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Policing Authority has questioned some of the proposals for enhanced oversight of the Garda made by the Commission for the Future of Policing in I(...)

Gardaí at a passing out ceremony in Garda College Templemore. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/

The High Court is being asked to grant an injunction to a Garda member that would delay, and potentially stop, the promotion of over 400 gardaí to ser(...)

Newly-graduated gardaí celebrate at the Garda passing-out ceremony in Templemore, Co Tipperary, earlier this month. Photograph: Don Moloney/Press 22

Recently a young Garda recruit was worrying where she might be stationed when her training ended. She told The Irish Times she did not know what lay a(...)

One senior officer said  young gardaí all wanted to work in the ‘big well-known units that see a lot of action and get all the headlines’. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell /

Community policing should become the main service provided by the Garda to the public and not be seen as a speciality that about one in 10 gardaí are (...)

A new agency within government and answerable to the Taoiseach is also suggested to co-ordinate State security intelligence; a move that may have the effect of a badly needed crash course for Government in State security. Photograph: Eric Luke

Q: A new report from the Commission on the future of policing in Ireland recommends major Garda reform. How significant is it? A: It is probably the (...)

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