Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has expressed his deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of a member of An Garda Siochána who has been killed in the line of duty in County Louth.
Deputy Martin said: “This is very serious and shocking incident which has numbed the community in the Cooley peninsula and members of An Garda Siochána. I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family of the officer who has lost his life in this terrible incident. My thoughts are with his colleagues and friends in the gardaí and the Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan.
“Unfortunately this is not the first such tragedy to be visited up the Gardaí in Louth in recent years. Less than three years ago Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was gunned down in January 2013 at the Lordship Credit Union. I know the thoughts and prayers of communities right across the country are with all members of An Garda Síochána at this difficult time.
“It is extremely rare that members of An Garda Siochána have died in the line of duty and it is important that we take time to reflect on this awful incident and remind ourselves that the security and stability of our society is upheld by the men and women of An Garda Siochána who are pledged to defend it. We must stand behind those who stand up for us and display enormous courage, sacrifice and service.”