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Grieving locals call for more resources after garda murder

Laura Larkin

Published 27/10/2015 | 02:30

Garda Tony Golden
Garda Tony Golden

THE community where tragic Garda Tony Golden served has appealed to the Garda Commissioner to address a lack of resources in Louth.

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The Cooley Peninsula Alert groups yesterday made a fresh plea in a letter to Garda Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan.

The groups claimed a number of senior gardaí in the area have voiced concerns, including Superintendent Gerry Curley of the Dundalk district.

"Superintendent Curley has described to us on numerous occasions the difficulties the Dundalk district is faced with and dangers his gardaí regularly face," the letter states.

"Outside his office in Dundalk Garda Station, there is now a photograph of Tony Golden to accompany the photograph of Adrian Donohoe that has been there since January 2013.

"How is it that Supt Curley's voice to advocate for the safety of his gardaí and the effective policing of the Dundalk district has not been…acted on?"

The letter was penned two years after Garda Golden helped them to prepare a brief ahead of a meeting with former Justice Minister Alan Shatter. That document, which highlighted policing resources, was published at the weekend.

The groups pleaded with authorities to address the need for resources in a bid to avoid further tragedy.

"Please address and correct the antiquated system that means that Tony, and other gardaí, feel they need to come to us to have their grave concerns for themselves.., highlighted," it reads.

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