{As reported in todays Irish Times by Ray Managh – Nothing is ever made easy for Gardai or indeed surviving Spouses and family by this State – Lip Service is the name of the game at the time of these tragedies, that’s about all}

Settlement talks have broken down between representatives of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, and the legal team for the family of murdered Garda Tony Golden who was shot five times and killed just over three years ago while on duty at Omeath, Co Louth.

The assessment of compensation for Garda Golden’s widow, Nicola, and their three children, Andrew, Lucy and Alex, of Blackrock, Co Louth, may now go to a full trial before Mr Justice Michael Twomey, who deals with all Garda compensation cases in the High Court.

Garda Golden was killed on October 11th, 2015, after accompanying Siobhan Philips (23) to the house she shared with her physically abusive partner Adrian Crevan Mackin, a known dissident republican in the murder-suicide attack.

Crevan Mackin also shot his partner Siobhan Philips four times, including one bullet to her head, before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life.