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Politician pays tribute to officer shot by suspected dissident republican

Published 12/10/2015

Catriona Ruane paid tribute to Garda Tony Golden, who was assigned to her case when she received threats
Catriona Ruane paid tribute to Garda Tony Golden, who was assigned to her case when she received threats

A politician who was helped by Tony Golden when she received death threats has paid tribute to a "professional and friendly" garda who wholly embraced the community.

The murdered father of three was assigned to handle Catriona Ruane's case when the sinister threats against her life were issued.

The Sinn Fein representative is a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly but lives across the Irish border in the Omeath area of Co Louth.

Mrs Ruane said: "He was a Mayo man, like myself from Mayo, and we used to often joke that we were both exiled from our native county in County Louth.

"He was really professional, he was really good at his job, he worked very closely with the local community alert (Garda initiative) and I think what is testament is that on a Sunday evening he was calling to a woman who was obviously deeply distressed with her life in danger. Little did we know how much her life was in danger."

The Assembly member added: "He was very friendly, very good at his job, he embraced community alert, he wasn't ticking a box, he embraced working with the community and it wasn't a surprise to me he was one of the first at a home where a woman was absolutely distressed."

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