Monday 24 October 2016

Garda Golden served with 'dignity, pride and distinction'

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at the scene of the fatal shooting in Omeath Co Louth.
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at the scene of the fatal shooting in Omeath Co Louth.

Top garda management has paid tribute to Garda Tony Golden as an officer dedicated to his job, his family and to the community.

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan said her thoughts, and the thoughts of all in An Garda Siochana, go out to Tony Golden's wife Nicola and his three young children, his parents and his wider extended family.

She was speaking before paying a personal visit to his family, as well as the site where he was killed.

Remembering the killing of Adrian Donohoe in January 2013, the Commissioner also said she was particularly mindful that this was the second tragedy that has been visited on the local community and the garda force in the district.

"Today is a very sad and tragic day for members of An Garda Siochana and indeed the local community here in Dundalk," she told a press conference at Dundalk Garda Station - noting that 88 gardai have now been killed in the line of duty.

"Tony was a well-respected member who was held in high esteem," the Commissioner added.

"He was out there. He lived in the community, he worked in the community, and he served that community with dignity, pride and distinction."


Supt Gerry Curley, who is based at Dundalk Garda Station, remembered Garda Golden as a man who carried out his duties to the full and was well respected by colleagues and members of the public.

"He was an excellent member of An Garda Siochana. He was meticulous in the way he went about his work, he was a quiet, unassuming person who did his job in a diligent manner," he said.

"He was a credit to An Garda Siochana and he will be a major loss."

Garda Golden spent 11 years in the force and had served in Dublin before being transferred to the Dundalk district in 2007. He had served in Omeath for the last six years.

Speaking on behalf of the Association of Garda Superintendents, general secretary Denis Ferry also extended his sympathies to the wife, children, family and colleagues of Garda Golden.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone affected by this tragic incident over the coming days," he added.

President of the Garda Representative Organisation Dermot O'Brien has said the force has descended into "a darkness" following the tragic murder.

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