The late Garda Anthony 'Tony' Golden
LOUTH TD Fergus O’Dowd has welcomed the recognition of the bravery of members of An Garda Síochána today.
Deputy O’Dowd was speaking following the presentation of the Scott Medal to members of the Gardaí who served the community with great courage and distinction.
The medals were awarded at an emotional ceremony at the Garda College in Templemore attended by the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan.
On the announcement of the medal for Garda Tony Golden, there was a standing ovation.
Deputy O’Dowd said: "Garda Tony Golden was posthumously awarded a medal for his act of outstanding courage with the country’s highest honour for bravery. His wife accepted the award today on his behalf.
“He was shot dead in Omeath, Co Louth in 2015 while helping a woman to leave a violent relationship.
“Garda Golden bravely laid down his life in the line of duty and displayed great courage in protecting the community he served.
“His great sacrifice will not be forgotten.”