We live in a small closely knit community where nothing much happens. Now we've been catapulted into the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Evil visited us last night. A husband, father, brother, and guardian of the peace was shot dead as he went about his work protecting our country.
A big guy with a big heart, he was extremely well liked in our community where he had made his home.
He was shot by armed robbers during a raid at the local credit union, across the road from where his two young children go to school. He didn't stand a chance and his colleague, while uninjured, is traumatized, as no doubt are the credit union staff.
I haven't been able to stop thinking about this horrific evil deed since the news broke last night. My
heart goes out to his wife, also a member of the Gardai Siochana, and family, to his colleagues, friends and neighbours.
The outpouring of condemnation and sympathy is heartening as the Gardai don't always enjoy wholehearted public support. But people have been universal in condemning this brutal murder and
have rightly questioned why the Gardai are having resources cut at a time when violent crime is
on the increase. Lets hope the perpetrators of this awful crime are brought to justice.