Statement by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD

18 June 2020

“I am deeply shocked and saddened at the shooting of a Garda member in Roscommon last night, and a full murder investigation is underway. 

“Detective Garda Colm Horkan died in the line of duty, serving and protecting the community. His death will cause untold heartbreak to his family, loved ones and all his colleagues in An Garda Síochána across the whole country. It is also a loss to wider Irish society. His heroism and the debt of gratitude which we owe to him and his family will never be forgotten. 

“The women and men of An Garda Síochána serve the whole community and work to keep Ireland safe.  In their everyday duty, they put the welfare of others ahead of themselves, as they work to shield us from harm and to connect our communities.  It is to them that we turn in times of crisis, including during the current pandemic.  All throughout this period, Gardaí have been selflessly working to protect our health and wellbeing, in the best tradition of the service.

“As Minister for Justice and Equality, I convey my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to his parents, family and friends and indeed to the whole family of An Garda Síochána.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.“