Terror groups' toll of the protectors of our State
Twelve gardai, a soldier and a prison officer were killed between 1970 and 1996, writes Jim Cusack
TWELVE gardai, a soldier and a prison officer were murdered by republican or other subversive groups during the Troubles. Nine gardai and a member of the Defence Forces were killed by the Provisional IRA during the time Sinn Fein presidential candidate Martin McGuinness was a member of the illegal terrorist organisation.
The first garda to be killed in the line of duty during the Troubles was shot dead in Dublin during a bank robbery by Saor Eire, one of the splinter republican groups which had sprung up at the start of the Troubles but which subsequently joined the IRA.
Garda Dick Fallon, 43, a father of five, from Kilroosky, Co Roscommon, was shot dead by armed raiders during a bank robbery at Arran Quay in Dublin in April 1970.