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€1.4m payout agreed for wife and kids of garda shot on duty

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Tragic Garda Tony Golden

Tragic Garda Tony Golden

Tragic Garda Tony Golden

A settlement of €1.4m compensation for the widow and three children of murdered Garda Tony Golden was approved by Mr Justice Michael Twomey in the High Court yesterday.

Siobhan Phelan SC told the court it had been agreed that Nicola Golden, the late garda's widow, would receive €961,000, with €439,000 being divided up among the couple's three children.

The money will be lodged to their benefit in court until they are 18, but application for interim payouts on their behalf may be made to the court.

Micheal O Scanaill SC, who appeared with barrister Joseph O'Sullivan and Tanya Canning for the Minister for Expenditure and Reform, told Judge Twomey that the parties had agreed to mediation and had met and had finalised all issues.

Mr O Scanaill said a global figure of €1.4m had been agreed, and details of how much would be received by each dependant would be outlined to the court by Ms Phelan.

He said that on behalf of the minister and everyone engaged in the mediation, he wished to extend deepest sympathy to Ms Golden and her three children.

Judge Twomey complimented all parties involved in the mediation on the basis that it had prevented the family from the stress of a full trial to measure compensation.

Ms Golden was a State nurse with the HSE at the time of the murder, but had not worked since her husband's death, the court heard.

Gda Golden was 36 when he was shot after responding to a domestic violence complaint in Omeath, Co Louth, on October 11, 2015.

In uniform and unarmed, he had accompanied Siobhan Philips (23) to the house she shared with her abusive partner Adrian Crevan Mackin - a known dissident republican who had been released on bail accused of IRA membership.

Crevan Mackin had previously been given a three-year suspended sentence on firearms charges in the North.