A Garda who was shot while on holiday in New Orleans has thanked the hospital where he was treated in the US.
Brian Hanrahan, 30, who is from Co Tipperary but stationed in Newcastle West, Co Limerick, was visiting New Orleans with his father when he was shot during a robbery.
A statement issued on behalf of Brian Hanrahan said that he is home now and beginning to recuperate with the help of family and friends.
As well as thanking the staff at the LSU Hospital, Garda Hanrahan expressed his gratitude to the New Orleans Police Department, the Emerald Society and the people of New Orleans.
"I am now home and beginning to recuperate with the help of my family and friends," the statement read.
"I would like to thank all of the staff at LSU Hospital in New Orleans, they are an amazing team and I would not be here today without them.
"I would like to express my gratitude to the New Orleans Police Department, the Emerald Society and the people of New Orleans.
"Their kindness and generosity will never be forgotten both by me and my family.
"I would also like to thank the Irish community both home and abroad for the many kind messages of support.
"Finally, I would like to thank my colleagues in An Garda Síochána and the amazing community in Newcastle West for their support and well wishes.
"Obviously I have a long road ahead with pain management and rehabilitation, but I am hopeful that these will be effective and I can get back to my normal life.
"Myself and my family would be most grateful if our privacy could be respected at this time so I can concentrate fully on my recovery.
"I will not be providing any further media interviews."