Extra gardaí deployed to Dundalk after killing of Garda Golden

An extra 25 gardaí have been deployed to Dundalk following last week’s killing of Garda Tony Golden.
Extra gardaí deployed to Dundalk after killing of Garda Golden

The allocation comes as the priest who presided over the funeral of Garda Adrian Donohoe almost three years ago said the killing of Garda Golden has “battered” the garda force in Louth.

Fr Michael Cusack said gardaí in Dundalk has faced a “terrible assault” last week when father of three Garda Golden was shot dead as he helped a woman who was the victim of domestic violence.

Fr Cusack, whose father and grandfather were both gardaí, attended a special prayer service this week with local gardaí and Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan. He had presided over the funeral mass for Garda Donohoe, who was the last garda to have been killed in the line of duty prior to Garda Golden’s death. Garda Donohoe died as a result of a gunshot wound he received during the armed robbery of a credit union in Bellurgan, Co Louth in January 2013.

“It was just such a difficult, difficult thing to witness,” Fr Cusack told Marian Finucane on RTÉ Radio 1.

“These are local people that we know and love and associate with every day, and to see them broken once again, within only three years since Adrian’s death, and just the depth of sorrow, and I think there was an underlying thing of anger there as well going on.

“I was very privileged to be there with them in the station and to stand with the garda commissioner and all the others there.”

He said that while Garda Golden’s family were distraught, his death has had an impact on the wider garda community.

“It was the force that was really battered with the death of Tony,” said Fr Cusack. “Nicola clearly, and the three children, have this incredible cross to bear and Tony’s parents and our sympathies go to them, and to Nicola’s parents as well. They’re locals, they are good people and such hard working people.

“It’s just such a terrible assault on who they are as peacekeepers. I think it’s all the more difficult when you look at what Tony was doing. He was defending a woman who had been exploited by somebody else.”

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his dismay following revelation that a book of condolences for Garda Golden was defaced in Drogheda Garda Station. The book has since been removed. Speaking before the Fine Gael presidential dinner at the Doubletree Hilton hotel in Dublin, he said: “I’m dismayed at what I heard from the news bulletins from the desecration of the book of condolence of Garda Tony Golden.”

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