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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Criminals

All time
Almost half of criminals released from prison re-offended within a year, new figures show
The number of offenders who go on to reoffend dropped from 54% in 2011 to 48% in 2018.
# black mass
Murderer, Irish-American gangster, FBI informer: The Whitey Bulger story
The author of Black Mass and Bulger’s biography Dick Lehr speaks to us about the criminal’s life.
# assets of crime
The Criminal Assets Bureau returned over €4.3 million to the State last year
Some €2.37 million was returned under proceeds of crime laws.
# Project Storm
Gardaí arrest 42 people and seize drugs in Kilkenny and Carlow
The arrests were for a number of different offences including theft, assault and burglary.
# documentation
Feud gangs using drug addicts to get false passports
The gangs target drug users indebted to them to assist in obtaining the passports.
# Ballymun
Intended target of Ballymun shooting had been warned of threat to his life
Convicted criminal Derek Devoy escaped without injury yesterday, but his sister and an associate of his were both killed.
# Rio de Janeiro
British tourist shot after her family accidentally drove into Brazilian favela
She was hospitalised due to her injuries
# wish you were here
Tongue-in-cheek postcards launched in bid to track down Europe's most-wanted criminals
“Belgian fries are the best and we know you miss them.”
# Project Storm
34 people arrested after 72 checkpoints carried out in Waterford
Increased high visibility foot patrols were carried out across 18 neighbourhoods in the city.
# Mountjoy Prison
Chalice given back to Spike Island after 134 years in Dublin
When the island ceased to be a prison in June 1883 the chalice was taken to Mountjoy Prison.
# Crime
Germany sees massive rise in politically-motivated crimes by foreigners
These crimes include offences carried out by Islamic State extremists.
# get back here
Ireland issued a record number of European arrest warrants last year
Some 379 persons have been surrendered to Ireland since 2004.
# Cybercrime
Just 29 gardaí tasked with tackling cybercrime despite surge in internet attacks
New survey found 44% of Irish organisations suffered an attack last year compared to just 25% in 2012.
'The line between good and bad people can be thinner than you think'
Psychologist Ian Gargan says knowing what we are capable of, not being fearful of the darker sides of our personality and embracing the differences is important.
# Crime
Courts should hand down tougher sentences for crimes against businesses, say company owners
The latest national survey finds a quarter of businesses were impacted by crime last year.
# free to rome
Animal underworld: Exotic pets seized from mobsters are being given a second chance
Around 400 exotic animals are rescued every year by Italy’s police and forest guard.
# Criminals
Gangs of Dublin: Another shooting, but who's fighting who?
The killing of Vincent Ryan means gardaí are now contending with two active gangland feuds.
We seem to have forgotten the Special Criminal Court is supposed to be exceptional
While Sinn Féin’s manifesto pledge was always going to attract close scrutiny, the shootings in the past week have thrust its existence to the top of the news-cycle, writes Dr Alan Greene.
# Crime
Retaliation: Eddie Hutch, brother of 'The Monk', shot dead in Dublin city
Emergency services have been at the scene on Poplar Row since before 8pm.
# Germany
Police say most Cologne mob suspects were asylum seekers
Police have confirmed receiving over 120 complaints of assaults, ranging from groping to two alleged rapes.
# Burglaries
New DNA database will 'close the net' on serial offenders
It’s hoped the system will help find missing people and deal with an increase in burglaries.
# Criminals
Prison officers admit they don't know what to do with prison gangs
“This is the problem – the kind of control these people have over the general population.”
# stay safe
'Want to stop people breaking into your house? Turn your lights on', says the Gardaí
The seasonal warning comes as an increase in crime is expected.
# sextortion
Ever take a 'sensitive' photo of yourself? You could be at risk of sextortion
Faceless criminals are using young peoples’ personal images to extort money from them and the FBI want it to stop.
# Crime
Ireland has a Witness Protection Programme and we've spent €400k on it this year
The protection programme was set up as gardaí tackled gangland crime.
# Weed the toilet
This is NOT how you flush cannabis down the toilet
Metropolitan Police uncovered *quite* the mess today.
# dumb criminals
Well, this is quite the crime scene...
Metropolitan Police uncovered *quite* the mess today.
# Computers
New national DNA database to become operational this year
IT improvements for the gardaí are on the way said Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
# Theft
Burglars hold knife to 15-month-old baby before stealing cash and jewellery
One of the burglars posed as a water meter reader to gain access to the mother’s home.
# transparency ireland
'It has never been easier to get away with white collar crime in Ireland'
Can criminals do more damage with a computer than with a gun in a bank?
# Criminal Assets Bureau
Here's how much money was seized from criminals last year
CAB released its 2013 Annual Report today.
# pop tarts
Man tried to pass off a crushed up pop tart as crack cocaine, still got arrested
Not-so-smooth criminal.
# Your Say
Poll: Should we introduce 'sobriety tags' for offenders of alcohol-related crimes?
A pilot scheme was launched in London yesterday – should we follow suit?
# Blackmail
Nokia was blackmailed into paying millions to criminals back in 2008
The criminals acquired the encryption key for a core part of Nokia’s Symbian software, and threatened to make it public if their demands weren’t met.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland bring in a DNA database for criminals?
The DNA of the most serious criminals will be kept on a database under a new law. But is it a good idea? Or a step too far for civil liberties?
# uncovered
Man arrested as €800,000 worth of cannabis found in Kildare house
40kg of cannabis herb was found in Crossmorris.
15-year-old in court as drivers warned about spate of carjackings
A teenager will appear in court today after a taxi driver had his car hijacked in the early hours of Sunday morning.
# Drug Crime
Two due in court over €1.5m cannabis haul
The two men were arrested yesterday by gardaí targeting a criminal gang based in Tallaght, south Dublin.
# Masked Men
Family of five terrorised at gunpoint during armed robbery in Limerick
There were three young children in the house when the masked men with guns broke in to their home.
# Art robbery
Million euro paintings stolen in London in the 1970s have been recovered in Italy
The works are by French artists Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard.