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Murdered garda Tony Golden's family awarded €1.4m in compensation

Garda Tony Golden was shot dead in 2015

THE widow and three children of murdered garda Tony Golden have been awarded €1.4 million (£1.18m) in compensation.

Garda Tony Golden was 36 when he was shot dead in Omeath, Co Louth, while responding to a domestic violence complaint in October 2015.

The High Court yesterday heard it had been agreed that his widow Nicola Golden would receive €961,000 while €439,000 would be divided among the couple's children.

Lucy (10) would receive €137,000 for mental distress and loss of dependency, eight-year-old Alexandra would receive €146,000 and six-year-old Andrew €156,000.

The money will be lodged to their benefit in court until they are 18, but applications may be made to the court for interim pay-outs on their behalf.

Ms Golden was previously a nurse but has not worked since her husband's death and the court had heard she could no longer work in the position.

A lawyer for the Minister for Expenditure and Reform yesterday told the court that the parties had agreed to mediation and had met in Dundalk on Friday and finalised all issues.

He said that on behalf of the minister and everyone engaged in the mediation, he wished to extend deepest sympathy to Ms Golden and her three children for their tragic loss.

The court orders included all of the Golden family's legal costs, which are to be adjudicated upon in default of agreement.

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