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Saturday 25 November 2017

Garda Hanrahan facing €900k medical bill after US shooting

David Kearns

The medical care for Garda Brian Hanrahan, who was shot in New Orleans while on holidays, has topped almost €900,000.

Following successful surgery to remove a bullet from his back, the Tipperary father-of-one is believed to be making a good recovery after he was shot twice in an attempted mugging.

The Garda Representative Association and Garda Hanrahan’s colleagues in the force have said that they have been collecting money to cover the staggering cost of his care.

The Newcastle West-based Garda was seriously injured last week after he was shot in the leg and lower back in the early hours of last Wednesday morning.

He had travel insurance but his medical bills have topped  the million dollar mark after surgery and ten days in hospital.

A number of local fund raising events have already held around Limerick and a credit union account in Cork has been opened for those interested in donating – call St Paul’s Garda Credit Union on 0214313355 and quote account 55322.

A run is take place on February 22 from Newcastle West in Limerick to the Garda College in Tipperary and back again to also help raise funds.

At Newark Liberty International Airport today, Port Authority Police officers welcomed the mother and wife of Garda Brian Hanrahan. His mother, Rosemary Hanrahan, and wife, Emma Holland, are seen here with (l-r) Officers Slavek Wdoviak, Greg Ross, Mike Becker and Bob Wallace. Pic: Port Authority Police Benevolent Association
At Newark Liberty International Airport today, Port Authority Police officers welcomed the mother and wife of Garda Brian Hanrahan. His mother, Rosemary Hanrahan, and wife, Emma Holland, are seen here with (l-r) Officers Slavek Wdoviak, Greg Ross, Mike Becker and Bob Wallace. Pic: Port Authority Police Benevolent Association
Garda Brian Hanrahan
A police photgraph of Melvin Galle Jnr (40) who was arrested in New Orleans by officers investigating the armed robbery and attempted murder of Garda Brian Hanrahan on 27/1/2015
A police photograph of Keith Galle (33) who was arrested in New Orleans by officers investigating the armed robbery and attempted murder of Garda Brian Hanrahan.

Meanwhile thousands of euro has already been collected in support of Garda Hanrahan by police officers in New Orleans and at Newark Airport.

Read More: US Police officers donate €2k to family of Garda Brian Hanrahan who was shot in New Orleans

Two men have since been arrested in relation to the shooting. New Orleans police officers took Melvin Galle (40) into custody, and also arrested Galle’s brother, Keith Galle.

Garda Hanrahan is reported to have told his attacker to "go f*** yourself" when he demanded his wallet, to which his attacked replied "You think I'm playing?" before shooting him.

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