Policing



Gardaí to gain new Covid-19 regulation enforcement powers

Gardaí will be able to issue fixed penalty notices of up to €500 under new Covid-19 regulation enforcement powers announced by government ministers.

Published 21 October 2020

Police and MI5 crime authorisation bill clears third reading

Proposed legislation giving undercover police and MI5 agents explicit permission to commit criminal offences has passed its third reading in the House of Commons by a huge margin.

Published 16 October 2020

Prominent crime reporter lodges complaint against PSNI

A prominent crime reporter has lodged a complaint with the Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland over the PSNI's alleged failure to investigate a threat against her newborn son.

Published 13 October 2020

Former DPP says MI5 crime authorisation bill goes 'too far'

Proposed legislation giving undercover police and MI5 agents explicit permission to commit criminal offences goes "too far" and should be watered down, a former head of the English prosecution service has said.

Published 5 October 2020

Gardaí with domestic and sexual violence training now rolled out nationwide

Gardaí with special training in domestic and sexual violence are now available across the State following the completion of the rollout of Garda Divisional Protective Services Units (DPSUs).

Published 30 September 2020

Undercover police and MI5 agents to be permitted to commit crimes

Undercover police and MI5 agents will be given explicit permission in law to commit criminal offences under new legislation introduced by the UK government.

Published 25 September 2020

Rights watchdog expresses 'serious concern' at use of spit hoods by gardaí

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has expressed serious concern at reports of garda using anti-spit guards on children and vulnerable people with mental health issues.

Published 23 September 2020

Taser rollout backed despite PSNI failures to report use of force

Tasers should be made more widely available to frontline PSNI officers despite the force failing to record its use of force accurately, a watchdog has said.

Published 10 September 2020

New podcast to explore first-hand experiences with gardaí

A new podcast launched by academics at Dublin City University (DCU) will explore people's first-hand experiences with gardaí.

Published 3 September 2020

Garda to gain powers to close bars and restaurants breaching pandemic rules

Plans to introduce new Garda powers to close bars and restaurants which breach COVID-19 health regulations have been unveiled by ministers.

Published 31 August 2020

Gardaí urged to abandon use of spit hoods

An Garda Síochána's routine use of spit hoods during the COVID-19 pandemic is incompatible with human rights law on torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, civil liberties campaigners have said.

Published 31 August 2020

Tightening of COVID-19 restrictions 'should not be policed by coercion'

Garda enforcement powers should not be reintroduced as part of the partial reinstatement of COVID-19 restrictions in Ireland, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has said.

Published 19 August 2020

Watchdog raises concerns over gardaí conduct at eviction

The Policing Authority has raised concerns over the conduct of gardaí at a controversial and high-profile eviction in Dublin last week.

Published 17 August 2020

Police ombudsman strikes information sharing agreement with PSNI

A new information sharing agreement has been struck between the PSNI and the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (PONI).

Published 12 August 2020

Successful legal challenge against police use of facial recognition technology

Human rights group Liberty has won a ground-breaking legal challenge in the UK against police use of facial recognition technology.

Published 11 August 2020