Two complaints against Adrian Crevan Mackin incorrectly logged on Garda system in weeks leading up to shootings

Garda Tony Golden was shot dead in October 2015 as he accompanied Siobhán Phillips after she had filed a complaint of domestic abuse

TWO incidents reported to Gardaí in the weeks leading up to the murder of officer Tony Golden were not correctly logged on the force's system, a review has found.

Garda Golden was shot dead by Adrian Crevan Mackin at a house in Omeath, Co Louth, in October 2015 as he accompanied Siobhán Phillips to the house to collect her belongings after she had filed a complaint of domestic abuse.

Ms Phillips is still receiving treatment, including plastic surgery, after she was also shot by her partner, who then killed himself.

An RTÉ investigation last year raised concerns that the 25-year-old, who had been facing a charge of IRA membership and was out on bail, may have been operating as a Garda informer.

An internal Garda review has concluded that an incident in September 2015 was logged under 'Attention and Complaints' when it should have instead been recorded as a 'Domestic Violence Sexual Assault - no offence disclosed'.

A second complaint of domestic violence, made the following month by Ms Phillips, was also logged under 'Attention and Complaints' when there was sufficient information for a crime to be recorded.

Ms Phillips' father, Seán, said he was "extremely disappointed but not surprised at its content" and re-iterated calls for a public inquiry.

"Not one of the issues that we have consistently raised has been adequately addressed in this report. In fact this report only serves to cause further distress and trauma for our family," he said.

"We are especially shocked by the fact that the report confirms that the investigation by the Gardaí into the shootings concluded as far back as May 2017. Despite relentlessly seeking updates we were never told at any time that the investigation had concluded."

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams said: "There is clearly a serious matter of public accountability that must be addressed. The Philips family are seeking a full public inquiry. The report underlines the need for this to be established as soon as possible."

A separate review is being carried out into the interactions between Mackin and Gardaí, while the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is also carrying out two investigations.

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