Paul Williams: Time to reflect on the selfless courage and dedication of gardaí on the frontline
Published 16/10/2015 | 02:30
They turned up in their thousands and formed a river of blue in solemn solidarity with their fallen comrade and brother officer, Tony Golden.
As they laid the latest garda hero to rest on a calm autumn day - the 88th officer to lose his life in the line of duty since the formation of An Garda Siochana - the whole nation mourned with them.
The decent people of Ireland - the silent majority - have always expressed universal shock and revulsion when one of their guardians of the peace is murdered needlessly while helping a vulnerable member of the community.