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Cllr Michael Sheehan and Supt John McDonald with the book of condolence at New Ross Garda Station

Cllr Michael Sheehan and Supt John McDonald with the book of condolence at New Ross Garda Station

Gardaí, retired gardaí and members of the emergency services observing a minute’s silence at New Ross Garda Station on Sunday in memory of Det Garda Colm Horkan

Gardaí, retired gardaí and members of the emergency services observing a minute’s silence at New Ross Garda Station on Sunday in memory of Det Garda Colm Horkan

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Cllr Michael Sheehan and Supt John McDonald with the book of condolence at New Ross Garda Station

Emergency service personnel, including New Ross gardaí, observed a minute's silence for Det Garda Colm Horkan who was killed in Co Roscommon.

The crowd - observing social distancing rules - stood at noon on Sunday in front of the tricolour as Garda Horkan's funeral was taking place in his native Co Mayo, for a minute's silence outside New Ross Garda Station.

Supt McDonald said gardaí from the station and those living in the area and some who were off duty attended, along with local firemen, ambulance workers and family members of gardaí.

Garda Horkan's death happened during a routine call, he said. 'These are routine calls our members attend on a regular basis. Unfortunately this one resulted in a fatality.'

Det Garda Horkan died after he was shot several times in Castlerea on Wednesday. Stephen Silver, a 43-year-old mechanic with an address at Aughavard, Foxford, Co Mayo, was charged with Garda Horkan's murder on Friday. Queues of people signed a book of condolences at the station over the weekend, leaving messages for the popular garda who was shot while trying to arrest the accused during the course of his duties.

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