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, just over three years ago, was shot five times and killed in a murder-suicide attack while on duty at Omeath, Co Louth.

The Ballina native died while responding to a call following a domestic violence incident.

It was learned yesterday that the assessment of compensation for Garda Golden’s widow, Nicola, and their three children 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.

The Irish Independent reports that talks had been taking place in a bid to obviate the necessity and family trauma of a full assessment hearing.

Garda Golden, a native of Culleens on the Killala Road in Ballina, was unarmed on 11th October 2015 when he accompanied 23-year old Siobhan Philips to the house she shared with her partner Adrian Crevan Mackin.

Crevan Mackin shot the 36-year-old Garda dead and also shot his partner Siobhan Philips four times, before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life.

Mackin was a convicted criminal and had been charged with IRA membership months before his death and was on bail. He had previously been given a three-year suspended sentence on firearms charges in the North.

Tony Golden was a member of An Garda Siochana for 11 years and had been based in Omeath for 6 years until his tragic death. The inquest into his death last year concluded that he had been unlawfully killed.

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