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Eilis O'Hanlon

The murder of all police officers is equally heinous but, as ever in this country, it seems some are more equal than others

Eilis O'Hanlon


Critics of policing should remember how much society's safety depends on the men and women who put on a uniform to protect others, says Eilis O'Hanlon

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The funeral of Garda Colm Horkan at St James’ Church in Charlestown, Co Mayo

The funeral of Garda Colm Horkan at St James’ Church in Charlestown, Co Mayo

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Bobby Storey

Bobby Storey

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Colm Horkan

Colm Horkan

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Garda at the scene in Castlerea after Colm Horkan was killed

Garda at the scene in Castlerea after Colm Horkan was killed

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The funeral of Garda Colm Horkan at St James’ Church in Charlestown, Co Mayo

The announcement on Sunday of the death of veteran republican Bobby Storey came on the same day that Ireland stood still for the State funeral of Detective Garda Colm Horkan.

That was a sombre and moving affair, watched online by tens of thousands of people who didn't know the dead man, but who'd been shocked at his murder last week. Across the country, a minute's silence was observed at midday in the fallen officer's memory, and the national flag was flown at half mast at Garda Headquarters and all Garda stations as a mark of respect.

The most touching moment happened in his home town of Charlestown in Co Mayo, where fellow Guards lined the streets to pay homage as their colleague's coffin, draped in an Irish flag, his cap and gloves on top, was carried to its final resting place.