Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins has expressed shock and sadness at news of a fatal shooting in County Louth this evening which has claimed the life of a member of An Garda Siochána.

Deputy Collins said: “Obviously details of this incident are still emerging but I am extremely shocked to hear that a member of An Garda Siochána has been killed tonight.  Other lives have also been lost in this very sad incident.

“I want to extend my deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of the officer, as well as the Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan.

“By any measure this has been extremely harrowing weekend for our emergency services.  The dignity and fortitude they display as they serve and protect the public is something that should never be taken for granted and is something that is a source of pride throughout our country.  Our thoughts are with all members of An Garda Siochána, our Fire and Ambulance personnel and the families of all those affected at this time.”