Sunday 11 December 2016

A thin blue line has been crossed

Published 18/10/2015 | 02:30

'Tony Golden was murdered in the line of duty, after he bounded up steps of stairs when gunshots rang out in a case to which his authority had been sought'
'Tony Golden was murdered in the line of duty, after he bounded up steps of stairs when gunshots rang out in a case to which his authority had been sought'

Garda Tony Golden, born on January 20, 1979, was a babe in his mother's arms when three garda officers were murdered by the Provisional IRA and the INLA in 1980.

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Detective Garda Seamus Quaid was murdered by the IRA in Co Wexford and Detective Garda John Morley and Garda Henry Byrne were murdered by the INLA in Co Roscommon.

They are among the now 88 members of the force who have been killed in the line of duty since the foundation of the State, a large proportion of whom were murdered by violent republicanism in whichever of its several twisted forms.

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