Saturday 20 October 2018

Gardai to hold service in memory of slain hero

FORMER colleagues of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe will gather in Limerick today for a private memorial to mark the 10th anniversary of his brutal killing by an IRA gang.

A handful of officers convened for a short prayer service in Henry Street station where Gda McCabe served, and lay flowers at a bust erected in his memory.

Gda McCabe was shot dead on June 7, 1996, in Adare, Co Limerick, during an attempted IRA raid on a post office van in the town.

He was the 29th garda to be killed since the foundation of the State.

The killing sparked outrage across the country with over 40,000 people turning up to his funeral to pay their respects.

A bust was erected at Henry Street station in 1999 in memory of Gda McCabe, and a small band of officers who knew him are to mark the anniversary in private.

No member of An Garda Siochana died between 1942 and 1970, but since then 14 officers have been killed.

"Ten years after (McCabe's) killing still nothing has moved on in relation to protection for gardai," the GRA said.

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