Sunday 30 April 2017

Paul Williams: Time to reflect on the selfless courage and dedication of gardaí on the frontline

Multi-award-winning Irish Independent photographer Mark Condren has been shortlisted for a major international award for his piece “A member of An Garda Siochana visits a family in the West of Ireland.” Mr Condren said it was an honour to be selected for his work in the wake of Garda Tony Golden’s death. “This picture shows what a pillar of the community the men and women of An Garda Siochana are,” he said.
Multi-award-winning Irish Independent photographer Mark Condren has been shortlisted for a major international award for his piece “A member of An Garda Siochana visits a family in the West of Ireland.” Mr Condren said it was an honour to be selected for his work in the wake of Garda Tony Golden’s death. “This picture shows what a pillar of the community the men and women of An Garda Siochana are,” he said.

Paul Williams

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.

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