Sunday 17 December 2017

The tragic day a young Garda died

Jimmy Guerin

Jimmy Guerin recounts the events surrounding the shooting of young Garda Sergeant John Eiffe in Abbeyleix last year

ALMOST a year ago to the day, Inspector John Gantley, head of the elite Emergency Response Unit (ERU) based at Harcourt Street, told his men at their 7am briefing he had received confidential information that a number of armed men were expected to travel to the Midlands that day to commit a serious crime.

Their job was to intercept and arrest the gang. Not only would this gang be armed, but they would be travelling in three high-powered vehicles. The intended target of the crime was not known, so two teams from the ERU were dispatched, one to Carlow and one to Abbeyleix, Co Laois.

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