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Dedicated gardai should be saluted for their efforts

I WISH to extend my sincere condolences to the family of the late Tony Golden. He was indeed a brave, selfless member of An Garda Siochana.

At this sad time I feel compelled to express my admiration for the ordinary rank-and-file members who rarely get credit for the risks they take on behalf of the citizens.

They fulfil their everyday duties without fuss or fanfare. In keeping with your brevity guidelines, I will omit the details of injuries and assaults suffered in the course of their work.

Contrary to some perceptions, they neither sought nor received excessive overtime, which would enable them to buy several houses or amass great wealth.

I salute the great majority of members who have acquitted themselves with quiet dignity and I'm immensely proud of their endeavours.


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