Taoiseach 'dismayed' after book of condolence for Garda Tony Golden was defaced
Elderly woman attacked as hundreds queue nearby to pay respects to murdered garda
Published 17/10/2015 | 09:08
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is "dismayed" at the desecration of a book of condolences for murdered garda Tony Golden.
The Taoiseach was reacting tonight to news that a mindless thug defaced a book of condolence for Gda Golden in a garda station.
The shocking incident happened in Drogheda Garda Station on Tuesday and led officers to remove the book from the station's public area.
“Can I just say, in passing as well, I am dismayed at what I heard from the news bulletins of the desecration of the book of condolences in respect of garda Tony Golden.” the Taoiseach said as he arrived at the Fine Gael President Dinner in Dublin.
Last night, sources said that rank-and-file gardai are "shocked" at the perpetrator's actions.
"What he did was a vile act, what he wrote was completely out of order," the source said.
"It seems that he has a major problem with gardai but the abusive language that he used is a complete affront, not just to Garda Tony Golden, but every garda."
The suspect, who is aged in his 20s, is from the Moneymore estate in Drogheda and is known to gardai. Sources say that his actions could lead to criminal damage offence charges.
Meanwhile, a woman in her early 70s was assaulted in her home by burglars as hundreds queued nearby to pay their respects to the murdered garda, Tony Golden.
The pensioner was wrestled to the ground on Wednesday when she came across a group of men in her home in Blackrock - while her family was attending the annual novena in Dundalk, Co Louth.
Local priest Fr Michael Cusack told The Irish Times that the woman had heard noises as she walked back to her home at about 5.45pm, and that when a man saw he had been discovered he charged at her, knocked her to the ground, and tried to rob her handbag.
Another man went on to take the bag, and they fled the scene as the woman's daughter arrived home. The family then discovered that the house been ransacked.
“She said to her daughter she didn’t want to live there anymore. That’s how violated she feels after living a lifetime there," Fr Cusack told the Irish Times.
Garda Tony Golden (36) was given a hero's State funeral on Thursday, where thousands of gardai lined the streets of Blackrock, Co Louth.