Northern Ireland’s Chief Constable Matt Baggott has said the PSNI and gardaí are to intensify cooperation to tackle the threat from dissident republicans.

Mr Baggott said the two forces have agreed a series of protocols that will increase joint working on investigations.

According to Mr Baggott, the proposals will see more routine and faster transfer of evidence between the services, improved communication channels for officers and the ability to bring more prosecutions against individuals for crimes committed in the neighbouring jurisdiction.

He said police chiefs are to take the blueprint to their respective governments with a recommendation that it is implemented.

Mr Baggott said the PSNI's relationship with An Garda Síochána operationally as second to none.