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A memorial service at Garda HQ in Dublin for Detective Garda Colm Horkan. Photo: Garda/Twitter/PA Wire

A memorial service at Garda HQ in Dublin for Detective Garda Colm Horkan. Photo: Garda/Twitter/PA Wire

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A memorial service at Garda HQ in Dublin for Detective Garda Colm Horkan. Photo: Garda/Twitter/PA Wire

Garda Colm Horkan has been fittingly laid to rest after receiving all due honour and dignity. He was loved and valued personally and was an example of an officer serving his own people with good nature and discretion.

The quiet dignity of the funeral ceremonies over the weekend reminded us that we have got a much better shake of the bag in this country when it comes to policing. An Garda Síochána has its flaws and problems like most organisations - but its members have delivered fair and compassionate policing to the Irish people.

The outpouring of grief and respect across the nation at the brutal slaying of Colm Horkan tells us that Irish people value the work of gardaí. Despite the coronavirus, the fallen hero got the funeral he deserved and all the people showed their solidarity with those men and women who do a difficult job with professional kindness and discretion.