Garda widow marks 20 years

Ann and Jerry McCabe

Tougher sentences should be imposed on garda killers, the widow of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe has said.

Speaking ahead of today’s 20th anniversary commemoration concert in memory of the Limerick garda, Ann McCabe said the pain of losing her husband “will never go away”.

She agreed that the world is even more dangerous for gardaí since her husband’s killing in the village of Adare, Co Limerick, on June 7, 1996.

“It probably is, when you consider what’s happening as late as in Dublin... But when they join the force they know what they are going into, and that’s their job, so it is very dangerous. But I think maybe punishment should fit the crime and maybe longer sentences would be an option,” she said.

Mrs McCabe made her comments on Limerick’s Live95FM where Jerry McCabe’s brother Pat Kearney echoed her view.

“The gardaí have an impossible job, because the criminals are better equipped than the gardaí; as regards motor transport, as regards weapons the gardaí are hamstrung. They are an unarmed force, they are going into the unknown whenever a report comes in of a crime, they don’t know what they are facing. It’s a tough tough job.”

In 1999, four men were convicted of the manslaughter of Detective Garda McCabe. By 2009, all four had been released from prison.

“I genuinely can say that there isn’t a day that goes. if I am in town somebody will stop me and speak about Jerry,” said Ann McCabe.

A special commemoration concert takes place today at University Concert Hall, Limerick, to mark the anniversary of Detective Garda McCabe’s death. People from across North Munster, especially in Ballylongford, Co Kerry, where the late detective came from, are expected to attend the event.


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