The High Court has dismissed an application to hold police responsible for dismantling a dangerous bonfire, finding that the threat of “widespread unrest” outweighed the effects of the anti-social and unlawful behaviour. The emergency application was brought by AB, who lives in the vicin
A judge with oversight of speeding ticket cancellations has said he is "uneasy" about gardaí claiming exemptions for speeding on their way to and from court hearings. Judge Matthew Deery, the independent oversight authority for the Garda fixed charge processing system (FCPS) cancellation poli
Serving and retired judges of the superior courts have been invited to express interest in appointment as the next chairperson of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). Justice minister Heather Humphreys yesterday launched the process to find a replacement for Ms Justice Mary
Plans to give more powers to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) to investigate wrongdoing by gardaí have reportedly been criticised as "draconian" by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Mr Harris told the Oireachtas justice committee that gardaí under investigatio
The Metropolitan Police could adopt a gender-neutral uniform for all police officers following a consultation of officers. The UK's largest police force said it would consult staff ahead of the contract with its current uniform provider expiring in 2023.
A new Garda unit dedicated to investigating insurance fraud will be established next month, according to reports. The new Insurance Fraud Coordination Office (IFCO) will be launched in mid-September and put under the control of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB), the Irish Independent
A new pilot programme will see the PSNI share information with schools where there have been instances of domestic abuse involving a child. Under the pilot, officers will be allowed to pass on relevant information to the school the child attends so that the right support can be put in place.
Specialist staff shortages are having a "significant impact" on An Garda Síochána's ability to respond effectively to economic crime, corruption and cyber crime, a report has warned. The Policing Authority's first Assessment of Policing Performance in 2021 welcomes progress in implemen
Dr Cian Ó Concubhair explores whether proposed new legislation contains adequate safeguards for journalists and publishers. Earlier this month, the Minister for Justice put the Garda Síochána (Powers) Bill 2021 before the Oireachtas.
People who have submitted complaints to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) have been invited to share their experience for the first time in a study ahead of the watchdog's restructuring. Dr Vicky Conway, one of Ireland's leading researchers on policing, has invited people
A consultation is seeking views on whether the maximum penalty for injuring service animals on active duty in Northern Ireland should be increased for the second time in five years. Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots yesterday launched a consultation on proposals to prot
The Policing Authority scrutinised An Garda Síochána last year on enforcement of Covid-19 restrictions, diversity, sexual crime and domestic violence, the vulnerability of children and anti-corruption. The watchdog today published its annual report for 2020, a year which it admits was
The inquiry into undercover policing operations in England and Wales has referred the first suspected miscarriages of justice identified through its investigations to a dedicated panel set up by the Home Office. The case, involving 12 individuals, relates to an incident on 12 May 1972 when political