Group express 'serious concern' over government proposals on drugs possession

Group express 'serious concern' over government proposals on drugs possession

More than 50 drug workers say they are “seriously concerned” at expected Government proposals to keep possession of drugs for personal use a criminal ...

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Untrained gardaí taking DNA samples

Untrained gardaí taking DNA samples

Around a quarter of gardaí surveyed are taking DNA samples without being properly trained — with many depending on a “how to” Garda video, ...

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'Completely unacceptable': Road safety group slams delay in rollout of mobile devices for gardaí

'Completely unacceptable': Road safety group slams delay in rollout of mobile devices for gardaí

The smart phones are described as 'mobile data stations', and provide gardaí on the roadside immediate and secure access to the same information as they would ...

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Trump bill hits major Garda tech projects

Trump bill hits major Garda tech projects

The rollout of handheld mobile devices to frontline gardaí is one of several major ICT projects in “jeopardy” after the Garda commissioner was ...

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Flanagan: We must avoid potential post-Brexit 'political turbulence'

Minister Flanagan said he shared concerns expressed by Garda Commissioner on the need to ensure the continuing exchange of information with the PSNI

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EXCLUSIVE: Personal drug use may lead to cautions rather than criminal prosecution

EXCLUSIVE: Personal drug use may lead to cautions rather than criminal prosecution

Gardaí and the DPP are examining applying cautions rather than pursuing criminal prosecutions for people caught in possession of drugs for personal use.

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Average of 50 domestic violence applications made every day last year

Average of 50 domestic violence applications made every day last year

Domestic violence court cases have surged, with more than 50 applications being made, on average, every day last year.

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Personal injury award payments dropped by €29m last year

Personal injury award payments dropped by €29m last year

There was a drop of more than €29 million in the total amount paid out in personal injury awards last year, a reduction of 14%.

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Amount paid out in personal injury claims drops by €29m

Amount paid out in personal injury claims drops by €29m

The Courts Service Annual Report for 2018 shows that the biggest falls were in the High Court

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Sharp rise in reported murder threats

There has been a four-fold increase in reported murder threats over the last six years, figures show, with the rise continuing this year.

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Experienced civil servant is the new State security chief

Experienced civil servant is the new State security chief

A senior civil servant with lengthy experience in security and intelligence has been appointed as the country’s new national security chief.

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Gardaí arrest sports figure

A civilian known in sporting circles is the latest person to be arrested as part of a widening high-level Garda probe into alleged corruption in the force.

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Gardaí 'flooding' area, where children found loaded gun, to combat 'reckless' feud

The brother and sister, aged seven and five respectively, escaped unharmed after they discovered a loaded handgun on a green area near their home on Castlecurragh ...

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Young girl 'in critical condition' after incident in Leinster

Young girl 'in critical condition' after incident in Leinster

A young girl remains in critical condition after she was found with serious head injuries at her home in the Leinster area.

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Huawei ‘not contacted’ by State cyber security audit

Huawei ‘not contacted’ by State cyber security audit

The Chinese telecoms giant battling claims it poses a security risk has said it has not been contacted by the Irish agency conducting a security review of proposed ...

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Prison claims dominate justice whistleblowing

Prison claims dominate justice whistleblowing

Whistleblowing allegations from current and former prison officers dominated protected disclosures received by the Department of Justice last year.

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Gardaí uncover Romanian crime gang's 'manufacturing hub' for production of false passports

Gardaí have delivered a “major blow” to a Romanian crime gang after they uncovered a “manufacturing hub” for the production of false ...

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Huawei’s Irish boss says it is not affected by US ban

Huawei’s Irish boss says it is not affected by US ban

Controversies surrounding Chinese telecoms company Huawei are not impacting on the company’s business, the firm’s country director for Ireland has said. ...

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Scale of prison officer injuries emerges following new recording system

Scale of prison officer injuries emerges following new recording system

A new recording system has revealed that far greater numbers of prison officers are injured by inmates than was previously reflected in official statistics.

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EU police agency: Terrorist fighters ‘go from Ireland to Africa’

EU police agency: Terrorist fighters ‘go from Ireland to Africa’

Foreign terrorist fighters have travelled from Ireland to North Africa, the EU police agency says.

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Irish fighters 'travel to North Africa': Foreign terrorist fighters go from Ireland to Libya say EU police agency

Irish fighters 'travel to North Africa': Foreign terrorist fighters go from Ireland to Libya say EU police agency

Foreign terrorist fighters have travelled from Ireland to North Africa, the EU police agency says.

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Update: CAB seize jeeps, trailers and mobile home during raid in Co. Wexford

Update: CAB seize jeeps, trailers and mobile home during raid in Co. Wexford

Gardaí have released the man who was arrested during a search this morning by the Criminal Assets Bureau in Co. Wexford.

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Gardaí investigating murder of Marie Tierney to prepare 'sizeable' file for DPP

Gardaí investigating murder of Marie Tierney to prepare 'sizeable' file for DPP

Gardaí will prepare an extensive file for the Director of Public Prosecutions after a major investigation into the murder of Marie Tierney almost 35 years ...

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First arrest made in case of woman murdered 35 years ago

First arrest made in case of woman murdered 35 years ago

Detectives investigating the murder of a woman 35 years ago have made a breakthrough in the case with the arrest of a suspect for the crime.

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Garda bosses: 90% of recommendations to be implemented by end of year

Garda bosses say up to 90% of recommendations to improve public order policing will be implemented by the end of the year, with the rest following early in 2020.

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Potency of cannabis resin has 'increased substantially' - report

Potency of cannabis resin has 'increased substantially' - report

The doubling in the potency of cannabis over the last ten years could be behind the growth in people seeking treatment for the drug, the European drugs agency has ...

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Courts Service say fine pay option explains drop in speed convictions

Courts Service say fine pay option explains drop in speed convictions

The Courts Service has said a new initiative giving motorists a further chance to pay a fine for a road traffic offence, rather than go to court, explains a dramatic ...

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Call for numbers being sentenced to prison to be 'urgently reduced'

Call for numbers being sentenced to prison to be 'urgently reduced'

The number of people being sentenced to prison – in the main for relatively short sentences – needs to be “urgently reduced” before overcrowding ...

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Recorded sexual offences increase for fifth consecutive year

Figures published by the Central Statistics Office show a 10% rise in the last 12 months and a 55% jump in the last five years.

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Number of homicides down but recorded sexual offences up 10% in last year

Homicide offences have continued to fall within the last year, new figures show.

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Dramatic decline in numbers done for speeding

Dramatic decline in numbers done for speeding

Convictions for speeding are falling dramatically, with significant reductions also in the number of people convicted for driving while using a mobile phone, new ...

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High level of mental health problems for Youthreach students

High level of mental health problems for Youthreach students

The national second-chance education system is seeing very high, and increasing levels of emotional, psychological or mental health difficulties among young people. ...

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'I had panic disorders and depression' - Increase in psychological or mental health difficulties among young people

'I had panic disorders and depression' - Increase in psychological or mental health difficulties among young people

A major piece of research estimates that four in ten learners at Youthreach have such difficulties.

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No victims of human trafficking identified in review of cannabis growhouses, report finds

No victims of human trafficking identified in review of cannabis growhouses, report finds

A Garda review of 70 cannabis growhouse cases did not find that a single person arrested at the production facilities was a victim of human trafficking, a major ...

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Charlie Flanagan may boost prison watchdog

Charlie Flanagan may boost prison watchdog

Charlie Flanagan, the justice minister, is considering requests by the Inspector of Prisons for extra resources, staffing, and powers.

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Gardaí suspect €2m drugs haul was destined for Northern Ireland

Gardaí suspect €2m drugs haul was destined for Northern Ireland

Gardaí suspect that a major haul of cannabis herb – 98kgs in weight – confiscated in west Dublin was about to be driven across the border.

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Teen killers of Ana Kriegel will spend next four years at Oberstown. Here's what they can expect

Cormac O’Keeffe has visited the centre where Ana’s killers are being detained before sentencing

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Significant drop in number of people worried about being a victim of crime, survey says

There has been a significant reduction in the number of people who worry about becoming a victim of crime, a public survey has found.

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Five prisons have not undergone inspection in 10 years, says Inspector

Five prisons have not undergone inspection in 10 years, says Inspector

Only one prison inspection report has been published in the last five years and no inspections have been conducted in five jails over the last 10 years, the Inspector ...

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Face ‘completely slashed’ in mass brawl between gangs

A man had his face “completely slashed” during a mass brawl involving around 50 people at a south west Dublin estate.

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New national cyber security strategy due soon as funding rises

New national cyber security strategy due soon as funding rises

The Government’s much-awaited second national cyber security strategy is due to be published in the coming weeks.

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Rise in non-custodial sentences and increase in number of sex offenders supervised in community

Last year saw a further rise in the number of community-service sanctions handed down by Irish courts — with a marked increase in those involving female offenders. ...

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Prison authorities not giving 'sufficient attention' to circumstances around vulnerable inmate deaths

Prison authorities not giving 'sufficient attention' to circumstances around vulnerable inmate deaths

The Inspector of Prisons said it is repeating recommendations on the deaths of vulnerable inmates “over and over again” but that prison authorities do ...

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Watchdog says Prison Service failing to implement its recommendations following prisoner deaths

Hard-hitting report comes after vulnerable prisoner died in cell

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Over 40 people detained under emergency anti-terrorism laws within last year

Over 40 people detained under emergency anti-terrorism laws within last year

More than 40 people were detained under emergency anti-terrorism laws in the last year, figures reveal.

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Garda Inspectorate launches examination of counter corruption practices

Garda Inspectorate launches examination of counter corruption practices

The Garda Inspectorate has launched an inspection into Garda efforts to combat corruption within the organisation.

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Rise in use of pepper spray by gardaí

Rise in use of pepper spray by gardaí

Gardaí used pepper sprays almost 690 times in 2018, official figures reveal.

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State must regulate drug education, group insists

State must regulate drug education, group insists

'Pseudo-religious' groups are able to hand out leaflets on drugs and industry-affiliated bodies are free to give talks about alcohol in the current unregulated system, ...

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Dedicated immigration facility due to open at Dublin Airport

Dedicated immigration facility due to open at Dublin Airport

A new dedicated immigration facility at Dublin Airport is due to open in the coming months.

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Man to appear in court on drugs charge after being stopped by Gardaí while leaving Dublin to Cork train

Man to appear in court on drugs charge after being stopped by Gardaí while leaving Dublin to Cork train

One man is due before court on a cocaine possession charge after passengers on the Dublin to Cork train alerted staff regarding the behaviour of two men on board.

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