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Garda Golden receives posthumous bravery award

A Garda officer who was shot dead while helping a Jonesborough woman flee from her violent partner has received a posthumous award for his bravery.

Garda Tony Golden was shot dead in Omeath in October 2015 as he accompanied Siobhan Phillips to her home in Mullach Alainn to retrieve her belongings after she had made a domestic abuse complaint against her partner, Newry man, Adrian Crevan Mackin.  Mackin lay in wait at the property however, and Garda Golden and Siobhan Phillips were gunned down in a hail of bullets before Mackin turned the gun on himself.  Mr Golden, a father-of-three died in the horrific attack while Ms Phillips continues to recover from life-changing injuries.

The Garda Officer was awarded a Gold Scott Medal posthumously during a ceremony at the Garda College in Templemore on Friday.

Presenting the award, Irish Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said Mr Golden’s life was “cruelly taken while protecting a vulnerable member of his community.”

“Today’s posthumous award of the Scott Medal to Tony is a recognition of the exceptional personal bravery, the spirit of determined public service and the utterly fearless dedication to his fellow citizens and to this State that sets Gardai like Tony Golden in a category apart,” added Mr Flanagan.

Garda Gerard O’Callaghan, who entered the house after he heard shots being fired also received a Scott medal.