Weak security leaves Ireland wide open to terror attack
A lack of anti-terrorist border controls is leaving the island, North and South, open to Islamic attack, senior security sources here have said.
A lack of anti-terrorist border controls is leaving the island, North and South, open to Islamic attack, senior security sources here have said.
The Minister for Justice and Garda Commissioner both missed yesterday's annual memorial service for gardai killed in the line of duty.
IRA fuel smugglers are back in business almost two years after Revenue Commissioners thought they had stopped the trade with a new "silver bullet" isotope dye.
Hundreds of people attended a ceremony to commemorate gardai killed in line of duty earlier today.
On paper, 2107 should be a good year so far for the Garda in the fight against organised crime. As of yesterday, gardai have seized illicit cash totalling €53.45m, compared with €37.4m for all of last year.
The gang members that attacked a 94-year-old man and his wife while burgling their home in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, last weekend are suspects in a spate of burglaries in Munster and Connacht over the past two years.
In the two years before his disappearance and murder in May 1985 Seamus Ruddy was organising shipments of guns and explosives from French and Palestinian terror groups on behalf of the Irish National Liberation Army.
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan faces more damaging revelations over the coming months after last Thursday's embarrassing revelation that a 'brief' meeting over financial irregularities at the Garda College lasted two-and-a-half hours.
Dublin's north inner city is the most heavily policed neighbourhood in the State following seven gang-feud murders, but last weekend another two cars were torched as tensions intensified between increasingly reckless young gangs.
Sinn Fein has refused to answer any questions about Mary Lou McDonald's links to former Sinn Fein councillor Jonathan Dowdall, who the Special Criminal Court last week heard "waterboarded" and threatened to kill a man he believed was trying to defraud him.
Ballistics evidence from weapons used to murder 10 Protestant workmen in south Armagh in January 1976 and used in up to 76 other IRA killings and attacks is due to be revealed this month.
Musicians from the north and south of Ireland yesterday attended the funeral of Pat Fitzpatrick.
The Kilkenny man convicted of murdering a 69-year-old widow 30 years ago was repeatedly given bail despite threatening witnesses and even stabbing...
A Kinahan cartel gang which supplies cocaine to South County Dublin's fast set is believed to be behind the gun attack which left an innocent 77-year-old Dun Laoghaire great-grandmother badly injured.
Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan was handed a clear - and damning - report on the failings of the traffic penalty system in February 2014 by the independent investigative and advisory body, the Garda Inspectorate.
Martin McGuinness's career as the late 20th century's most inventive and influential terrorist leader will be studied in military colleges around the world long after his contribution to political life in Ireland is forgotten.
More lives will be lost at sea this year but hundreds will survive due to the selflessness and professionalism of Irish rescue crews.
Gardai reported a "generally quiet" St Patrick's night, although three young men were under arrest and being questioned yesterday about a stabbing in Longford town.
A new programme to train gardai in interviewing child sexual abuse victims has been introduced following repeated instances of cases taking up to six years to prosecute.
Sinn Fein's main success in the Assembly election was against the SDLP but also against Fianna Fail's plans to expand north in 2019.
Fianna Fail has this weekend significantly increased pressure on Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan to consider her position after the chair of the Policing Authority, Josephine Feehily, offered qualified support, saying she had a "degree of confidence" in the Commissioner and her senior management to run An Garda Siochana.
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan's claim to lead a "shining beacon of 21st-century policing" has been demolished amid calls this weekend for her resignation.
William Matchett was one of the top police intelligence officers during the later stages of the conflict in the North during which time, he said, the IRA was crushed by the RUC and Garda and had no option but to give up its "struggle".
Just after 11pm on Friday, Tina Cahill posted a picture to her Facebook page of a group of friends, happily enjoying a night out.
Superintendent Dave Taylor was in full dress uniform when he presented himself for arrest at Balbriggan garda station in April 2015.
Two Wexford towns were yesterday in shock after a "lovely, lovely girl" was charged with the murder of her 'Good Samaritan' boyfriend in Australia.
The Garda's internal "whistleblower" scheme has been almost totally ignored by members of the force, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
Despite the Government position that Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan will not be asked to step aside for the duration of the Judge Charleton inquiry, it is almost certain she will have to come under investigation, sources said last night.
A limited edition "Michael Schumacher" watch valued at €40,000 was one of the items of value found when gardai raided a flat where a Dutch-Arab criminal due to be extradited next month was living in Dublin.
Gardai are to question the girlfriend of one of the main suspects in the Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe murder in Dundalk.
Christy Kinahan and his mob are beginning to feel the "clawback" effect from basic police work stemming from investigations into his gang's 12 months of bloodletting after the Regency Hotel attack.
By the mid-1980s the RUC, Garda and British Army were accustomed to picking up the bodies of 'informers' shot dead by the IRA, usually in ditches or fields in isolated rural areas.
A consortium of Irish drug gangs have lost their €4m- €5m investment due to the Garda and Customs' massive seizure of marijuana in Dublin Port, senior sources have said.
A Northern Ireland election could be called as soon as tomorrow evening, Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has warned.
It is strange to think now, but at the start of the North's 'peace process' Martin McGuinness was a 'bogey man' who both governments thought was diametrically opposed to an IRA ceasefire never mind Sinn Féin's entry into Stormont.
Only by chance was Reece Cullen the first and not the second, third or fourth victim of a fatal stabbing this early in the year.
Two members of the gang that murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe three years ago were involved in a drug smuggling operation in which two gardai and four members of the PSNI were injured before Christmas, it has emerged.
Just over 2,000 convictions resulted from the investigation of 27,653 'recorded' burglaries in 2014, according to new data from the Central Statistics Office.
Visitors and residents in Belfast's fashionable Titanic Quarter were surprised by a large armed police presence one Saturday evening in early November.
Gardai fear that opening fire on armed criminals will land them with a "lifetime" of paperwork and possible serious charges.
At least one member of the gang that murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was involved in a cross-Border IRA cocaine smuggling operation that left six PSNI officers and two gardaí injured, An Garda Síochána believes.
The Republic has suffered from "decades of gombeenism", Gerry Adams stated in his latest weekly column for the west Belfast Sinn Fein-supporting newspaper, Andersonstown News.
A joint Garda-PSNI investigation is under way after six PSNI officers and two gardai were injured in what is believed to have been an IRA cross-Border cocaine smuggling operation.
The latest victim in the Kinahan-Hutch 'feud' may have been murdered simply because he turned up at the funeral of Gerry Hutch's brother earlier this year, gardai say.
The new armed garda unit launched last week is already on emergency standby amid what is termed a "high probability" of further attacks in the deadly Hutch-Kinahan feud.
A major international investigation is under way following a cyber 'CEO fraud' attack aimed at stealing over €4m from Meath County Council.
The least insensitive thing that gardai could say about Mark Desmond's murder in Lucan on Friday night was that it was "not unexpected".
The PSNI has confirmed it is investigating the disappearance of a South Armagh man whom local people fear may have fallen foul of the IRA.
The Dublin gang murderer Mark 'the Guinea Pig' Desmond may be the latest victim of the Kinahan-Hutch blood feud, gardai believe.
While the Government is allowing a free vote on the de facto legalisation of 'medical' cannabis, An Garda Síochána is being directed to prosecute record numbers, generally for possession of tiny amounts of the drug.
A senior garda regarded as the force's top international terrorism expert is one of the 'critical' officers whose promotion is being potentially blocked in the dispute between the Garda and the Policing Authority.
Gangster John Gilligan may be heading for the European Court of Human Rights if his Supreme Court appeal against eviction from Jessbrook, his Co Kildare home, is thrown out, gardai believe.
For a country that once boasted the '100,000 welcomes' to visitors, Ireland has become the least welcoming country in western Europe for refugees.
Brexit has security as well as financial implications for this country. So do other geopolitical developments affecting the rest of the Western world.
Although the official Government line is that drugs decriminalisation "is not being discussed", the mounting evidence from its own research is that Ireland has lost the "war on drugs".
Inspectors from England were present during the latest outbreak of violence at the Oberstown detention centre in north Dublin during which a member of staff was seriously injured.
Dublin gangs were preparing to carry out a multiple murder attack and a wave of robberies during the proposed Garda strike, sources in the force say.
Gardai, mainly in Dublin, could be making up to €45 an hour overtime on Sundays and bank holidays under the deal hammered out on Thursday night averting strike action, Garda sources say.
Terence 'Khalid' Kelly, the Dubliner who has reportedly killed himself in a suicide attack in Iraq, left Ireland shortly after he was arrested, questioned and released by Garda Special Branch officers in 2015, though he returned briefly earlier this year.
Businesses that handle cash and those in isolated rural areas have most reason to be concerned at today's watershed moment in the policing of the State.
The big issue facing Enda Kenny over the garda strike will be at the point at which he picks up the phone to tell the chief-of-staff of the Defence Forces to deploy soldiers.
Conservationists have claimed industrial mussel seed dredging will leave Ireland's coastal waters "full of jellyfish and little else".
Organisations dealing with children and vulnerable people are facing prosecution if they fail to participate with the employee vetting system.
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan will for the first time face questions from TDs over the alleged smear campaign against whistleblowers that has rocked the force.
The term "whistleblower" has become central to discourse on the Garda Siochana as a result of a decision taken more than a decade ago, and almost forgotten.
One of Ireland's major cultural attractions which faced closure during the worst of the recession is blossoming again under voluntary management.
In 2012 an unidentified Garda sergeant 'reclassified' unsolved crimes including rapes and sexual assaults over the previous 14 years to 'less serious' offences.
Could Gerry Adams be telling the truth when he insists he didn't sanction the murder of his longtime sidekick and MI5 tout Denis Donaldson?
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan is to appear before the new Policing Authority on Thursday to outline reforms in the force following the series of damning reports.
The gang that kidnapped dentist John O'Grady, who died last week, was as stupid as it was vicious. Two nights before the kidnapping in 1987, one of them stabbed a man to death during a drunken fight in Dundalk and was already being sought by gardai.
More than €1m worth of further damage is believed to have been caused in the latest outbreak of rioting in the country's only detention centre for teenage criminals.
Denis Donaldson was a member of the IRA's east Belfast 'unit' at the time of one of the worst atrocities in the 30 years of 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland.
The controversial Oberstown youth detention centre was reported to be in lock-down again last night after another riot by inmates.
Tributes have been paid following the death of Dublin dentist John O'Grady, who was subjected to a vicious kidnapping ordeal at the hands of ex-IRA man Dessie O'Hare in 1987.
The day-to-day savagery conducted by the Kinahan cartel in Dublin continues unchecked despite last week's high-profile arrest of one Irishman in Spain and a single arrest and release without charge in Dublin.
A leading Dublin water charge protester has appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged with membership of the IRA.
The Government failed to meet its target for reducing annual road-accident deaths last week, as five died in another week of carnage.
A prominent republican has been threatened with a €15m fine and/or 10 years in prison for the discharge of poisonous diesel-laundering waste into a public water supply in the Republic, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
A major fire broke out after hours of rioting at the National Youth Detention Centre in Oberstown, north County Dublin on Monday night.
Casement Park is the GAA stadium in west Belfast that is inextricably linked with the lynching of the two British Army corporals, David Howes and Derek Wood, in March 1988.
The first public protests over the housing crisis are due to kick off at Dublin City Council's September meeting tomorrow week.
One Irish good news story from the Olympics will be celebrated with a dinghy flotilla and public reception, as silver medallist Annalise Murphy is welcomed home.
Leaked memos seen by the Sunday Independent reveal the crisis that is taking place inside the State's only 'campus' for serious young criminals.
Four months ago the Spanish daily newspaper La Vanguardia predicted correctly that the Dublin gang feud would spill over into Spain this summer.
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has said police forces cannot prevent every horrific gang murder when "unscrupulous" criminals are determined to kill. She was speaking in relation to the murder of innocent Dublin Council worker Trevor O'Neill in Majorca last week.
An Garda Siochana may be subject to unremitting bad reports, but they can't be faulted as the State's top charity fundraisers.
The second most senior IRA man in South Armagh is being 'protected' amid claims that he worked as an agent for British intelligence, according to usually reliable security sources.
Staff at the State's only youth detention centre have accused management of playing 'Russian Roulette' with their lives and safety following another violent stand-off and attempted escape.
A week of carnage has prompted gardai to launch a 72-hour nationwide road safety blitz following the death of 13 people since last Sunday.
Figures for interpreter services in the Irish Courts Service show that 7,490 foreign nationals with little or no English appeared in front of a judge last year. On only 118 occasions did the courts need Arabic language assistance. It's an indication of what is already known; that Ireland's Muslim community, possibly 80,000 to 100,000 strong, is probably the most law-abiding section of our population.
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has launched a "comprehensive investigation" following a complaint about Michael Noonan's handling of the 'Grace' abuse case when he was health minister in the mid-1990s.
Raonaid Murray was just at that point in her teens where her childish features were transforming into a newly defined adult beauty. In her early teens, she had hung around with a group of young Goths in Dun Laoghaire.
Sinn Fein has declined to say if Martin McGuinness received a commemorative medal for members of the Provisional IRA who were in Derry in the opening years of the Troubles.
Gerry Adams is facing his biggest challenge to date as leader of Sinn Fein in the Republic, sources close to the party say.
Members of the Muslim community in Ireland are concerned that lapses in security here could lead to a lone wolf-like attacker emerging in Ireland.
A new cross-border police and customs agency set up primarily to tackle Provo smuggling and racketeering, and all cross-border crime, has begun work.
The Irish Army heroes of one of the most successful defence actions in modern military history are to receive a special bravery award, the Sunday Independent can reveal.
The IRA and its splinter group the INLA are now on opposing sides in the Dublin gang feuding.
The biggest single tranche of promotions in the history of the Garda force may be delayed despite Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan's stated opinion that they are 'critical vacancies' that need immediate filling.
The latest gangland feud victim, David Douglas, was a key figure in the 'finance' wing of the IRA, which moved from 'anti-drugs' activities into the centre of drugs importation for the main south and west Dublin gangs now referred to as the Kinahan Cartel.
Almost half of over 40-year-olds would like to see internment without trial brought back for drug crimes, a Sunday Independent poll has shown.
British border controls with the Republic will probably consist of increased port and airport security as it is "impossible" to secure the 500km land border, senior garda sources say.
A former senior Provisional IRA figure has said Sinn Fein's call for a border referendum is a "stunt", with no prospect of Irish unity emerging from Brexit.
The vicious gang feuding in Dublin is dragging yet another generation of teenagers and even pre-teens into the drugs trade, local people say.
New drug laws being fast-tracked through the Dail could deal a financial death blow to the north inner Dublin drugs gang on the losing side of the current blood feud, gardai say.
Gardai dramatically intercepted an attempted gangland murder in Dublin during yesterday's European Championship match between Ireland and Belgium.
A senior garda is facing investigation over the leaking of information to RTÉ following an incident in which Joan Burton was blockaded by water protesters.
Thursday's launch of the Garda five-year Modernisation and Renewal Programme had an air of 'too little, too late' about it.
The information received by gardai about the multiple paedophile abuser Eamon Cooke is possibly the strongest lead to date in the 30-year search for Dublin schoolboy Philip Cairns.
CCTV cameras with facial recognition capabilities are to be rolled out across the country as part of a major overhaul of the way gardaí tackle crime.
CCTV cameras with facial recognition capabilities are to be rolled out across the country as part of a major €200m overhaul of how gardaí tackle crime.
The Irish tourist stabbed to death in Turkey was the very well-known amateur musical director John Donnelly who had close associations with Wexford Light Opera and many other musical societies.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny will not be meeting US presidential candidate Donald Trump when the billionaire businessman visits Ireland later this month.