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Dad of woman shot by IRA garda killer seeks inquest participation

By Breda Heffernan

The father of a woman shot by a garda's killer has said he wants to be involved in the inquest into the IRA man's death.

Sean Phillips said he will be discussing his rights to participate in the inquest of Northern Ireland man Adrian Crevan Mackin and the disclosure of documents with the Louth County Coroner.

Mr Phillip' daughter Siobhan suffered a life-changing brain injury after she was shot by Mackin at the house they shared at Mullach Alainn in Omeath on October 11, 2015.

Garda Tony Golden (36), a married father-of-three, was gunned down by Mackin as he escorted Siobhan to the house to collect clothes after she decided to leave him following horrific domestic abuse.

After murdering Mr Golden, Mackin shot Ms Phillips before turning the gun on himself.

Mr Phillips has questioned how Mackin was free on bail at the time of the murder and has called for a public inquiry.

Mackin had been charged with IRA membership and was released - despite admitting to the illegal possession of weapons and bomb-making components.

In a statement released yesterday, Mr Phillips said he and his wife Norma were both interested persons and victims in the case and wanted to be represented at the inquest into Mackin's death.

That would give them the right to receive disclosure, question witnesses, suggest themes and lines of inquiry and have wider issues examined.

"We look forward to meeting with Coroner Ronan Maguire before the commencement of the pending inquest into Mr Mackin's death to discuss not only the scope of the inquest, but the rights or participation and disclosure," they said.

On Monday Mr Phillips told Mr Golden's inquest: "Mackin was a monster.

"We want to know why he was out of jail."

Ms Phillips -who had worked in a hairdressing salon in Newry - suffered a gunshot wound to the head and another to the arm.

She was too unwell to attend the inquest and her father told the court that she had an injury to her right frontal lobe, and had lost her right eye.

Mr Golden suffered five gunshot wounds. State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis said the fatal wound was fired into the policeman's back and exited to the front of the neck.

Despite frantic efforts by Mr Golden's colleagues and paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Curtis said death would have been rapid, "if not instantly fatal".

A verdict of unlawful killing was recorded.

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