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Garda representatives to raise concerns following Tony Golden's killing

Published 12/10/2015

Garda close to the scene of the killing in Omeath, Co Louth
Garda close to the scene of the killing in Omeath, Co Louth

The Garda Representative Association (GRA) has said it will allow space for grief before raising issues with the Government following the murder of an unarmed, uniformed officer.

The GRA said bail laws, manpower and protocols for responding to domestic incidents will all have to be addressed in the wake of Garda Tony Golden's death.

His murder is the second killing of an on-duty garda in the same district in three years, following Detective Adrian Donohoe's death in an armed robbery.

Dermot O'Brien, GRA president, said the next few days are for grieving before lessons to be learned will be addressed with Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald.

"A darkness has descended over the entire membership of the force," he said.

"He was a brother in the sense that we are all brothers in arms. There's a bond and it's a bond to serve and protect as we are guardians of the peace."

The GRA, which represents 11,500 rank-and-file officers, paid tribute to Garda Golden's "self sacrifice and dedication" in responding to a domestic abuse call on his own to a house where a known dissident republican had lived.

Mr O'Brien said: "The GRA feel the next few days are for grieving, and then after that we will be leaving the issues at the door of the minister.

"They have to start standing up and realising what the problems are in An Garda Siochana, manpower, resources, protocols - it's not just going to be solved by technology and computerisation.

"But today and the next few days are just for grieving."

A GRA divisional representative has offered assistance to the Golden family as preparations are being made for the funeral.

Garda Golden had been stationed in Cabinteely in south Dublin before moving to Omeath station in rural Co Louth.

Gardai who are killed in the line of duty are entitled to be commemorated in a State funeral.

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