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Defendants face paying towards legal aid cost

Policing operations and the justice system will come under significant pressure in the years ahead unless the Government moves to reduce legal aid payments and Garda overtime rates, a series of expenditure reports warn. The warnings are contained in two reports by the Irish Government Economic Evaluation Service (IGEES) into expenditure in the justice system. […]

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North’s power vacuum is fuelling dissidents and violent crime

From todays Irish Independent by Christy Galligan What we saw last week in Belfast and Derry is a result of the vacuum created by the two major parties with no Stormont assembly. They must take responsibility for leaving their communities vulnerable to sectarian attacks by thugs who pretend to care. The recent spate of attacks […]

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Chief Justice demands greater clarity and simplicity in new laws

The Chief Justice has issued a “cry” for great clarity and simplicity in new laws, saying the intentions of lawmakers in both Europe and Leinster House are sometimes difficult to make out from the legislation they pass. Speaking at the launch of the Courts Service annual report, Mr Justice Frank Clarke said this applied particularly […]

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Gsoc rules out inquiry into gun discharge

A public-interest investigation into the accidental discharge of a Garda weapon during a raid on a private residence was “not warranted”, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) has said. The Emergency Response Unit (ERU) assisted the Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab) on November 8th last in searching 24 homes as part of an operation targeting organised […]

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Garda changes needed for access to WRC, Cabinet told

Gardaí will only be given access to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) and the Labour Court on condition that strong internal mechanisms for resolving disputes are first put in place within An Garda Síochána, the Cabinet has been told. Minister for Business and Enterprise Heather Humphreys warned the Government last week that without such provisions […]

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Dáil holidays begin but uncertainty remains

Well in case there was any doubt there will be no General Election until the Dáil resumes. These guys will be paid for the long recess, so absolutely no question of General Election unless some unforeseen mystery unfurls during this silly season. Dáil Éireann resumes 2pm Tuesday 18th. September 2018 On the last day of […]

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Modular Garda station planned for Stepaside

Stepaside Garda station is poised to reopen as a modular Garda station, under plans being considered by the Office of Public Works (OPW). The Irish Times understands four options have been presented as part of the Government commitment to reopen the station. However, the OPW and An Garda Síochána are understood to favour the establishment of […]

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