THE Garda Commissioner and garda associations yesterday extended their sympathies to the family of Garda Robbie McCallion, who died yesterday from injuries he suffered after he was struck by a stolen car.
Delegates attending the annual conference of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors in Athlone observed a minute’s silence after association president Paschal Feeney made the announcement.
Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy, who was about to address the conference, extended his “deep regret and sympathies” to the family, friends and colleagues of Garda McCallion.
“He died from injuries sustained in the line of duty. May he rest in peace. Our thoughts go out to the McCallion family.”
He said he visited the intensive car unit in Beaumont hospital with the garda’s father, Bob, a retired garda. Garda McCallion’s two uncles were also in the force and his brother, John, is a garda in Ballina, Co Mayo.
Mr Feeney said the entire membership of the AGSI was “deeply saddened and traumatised” by the death of the garda and extended his deepest sympathies to his family and friends in the Donegal division.
Garda Representative Association president Michael O’Boyce, who is based in Donegal, said: “It is with sadness and sorrow that members of An Garda Síochána have learned that our colleague Garda Robert McCallion lost his fight for life.”
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