Policing



Dr Cian Ó Concubhair: New Garda Powers Bill fails to protect rights of journalists

Dr Cian Ó Concubhair explores whether proposed new legislation contains adequate safeguards for journalists and publishers.

Published 6 July 2021

GSOC complainants to be surveyed on satisfaction for the first time

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.

Published 2 July 2021

Maximum penalty for harming service dogs could be increased for second time in five years

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.

Published 29 June 2021

Policing Authority scrutinised Garda on Covid, diversity and sex crimes last year

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.

Published 24 June 2021

England: Undercover policing inquiry identifies first suspected miscarriages of justice

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.

Published 24 June 2021

Landmark bill to put police search, arrest and detention powers on statutory basis

Police powers of search, arrest and detention will be placed on a "clear and transparent" statutory basis through new legislation announced today.

Published 14 June 2021

Gardaí ignored thousands of 999 calls about domestic violence

Thousands of 999 calls about domestic violence were ignored by gardaí between 2019 and 2020, an ongoing internal investigation has found.

Published 14 June 2021

Internal review concludes PPS made right decision on Bobby Storey funeral

An internal review by the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has concluded it was right not to charge politicians who attended the controversial funeral of republican Bobby Storey.

Published 11 June 2021

Ombudsman to investigate consistency of policing across Black Lives Matter protests and Bobby Storey funeral

The Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland has launched an investigation into an allegation of race discrimination in the police handling of a Black Lives Matter protest in Derry last summer.

Published 27 May 2021

Prosecutors 'right not to charge' politicians at Bobby Storey funeral

Prosecutors were right not to charge politicians who attended the controversial funeral of republican Bobby Storey because there was no realistic prospect of them being convicted, a report has found.

Published 17 May 2021

Ombudsman finds RUC failed to investigate 1969 killings

The RUC failed to effectively investigate the killings of four people by police officers at the start of the Troubles in 1969, the Police Ombudsman has found.

Published 6 May 2021

Draft bill to provide legal basis for use of 'bodycams' published

The draft heads of legislation providing a legal basis for the deployment and use of body-worn cameras by An Garda Síochána have been published following government approval.

Published 30 April 2021

Government sets out bill for 'most wide-ranging policing reform in a generation'

The draft heads of legislation providing for the "most wide-ranging and coherent reform of policing in a generation" have been published.

Published 28 April 2021

Garda compensation claims to be brought into PIAB process

Compensation claims by gardaí for injuries sustained in the line of duty will be brought within the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) process under new legislation.

Published 23 April 2021

Court of Appeal: €7,500 award for false imprisonment upheld against gardaí

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal brought by the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána against an award of damages for false imprisonment, rejecting arguments that damages for unlawful detention could not be awarded where the plaintiff would have been lawfully detained if correct procedures were followed.

Published 20 April 2021