Detective Garda Colm Horkan

  • A brother of the late Detective Garda Colm Horkan has thanked the public for their support since Colm was shot and fatally injured while on duty in Castlerea three weeks ago tonight.

    A native of Charlestown, Colm Horkan was on duty in Castlerea when he was shot a number of times on Main Street and died from his injuries.

    His three brothers and his father Marty were invited to Shannon's Cross outside Loughglynn yesterday, to a service marking the 40th anniversary of the deaths of Garda Henry Byrne and Detective Garda John Morley, both from Knock and stationed in Castlerea, who were killed in the line of duty in 1980.

    Dermot Horkan has thanked their neighbours in particular, and the wider community as well as An Garda Siochana for their support in the weeks since Colm's death....

  • A minute's silence was held in the Dáil this morning in memory of Detective Garda Colm Horkan who died following a shooting incident in Castlerea last week.

    The Minister  for Justice Charlie Flanagan led the tributes and told the Dáil there has been a national outpouring of shock and grief since Detective Gda Horkan's death.

    He expressed his deepest condolences to the Horkan family in Charlestown, and to the detective's colleagues, who he said were heartbroken by his loss.

    Minister Flanagan said Colm Horkan's death is an-all-too painful reminder of the personal risks that Gardaí take while working to keep us safe.

    Elsewhere, a minute's silence was also observed at the monthly meeting of the Ballina Municipal District of Mayo County Council this morning to remember the late Detective Garda.

     

     

  • Final preparations are taking place in Charlestown, for the State funeral of Detective Garda Colm Horkan.

    Mass is due to get underway at midday.

    The remains of Detective Garda Colm Horkan are to be brought from his family home to St James' Church in Charlestown for mass at noon.

    It will coincide with a minutes silence at every Garda Stations across the country - led by the ringing of the Peace Bell by President Michael D Higgins at Aras an Uachtarain.

    Despite the rain, huge crowds are expected to line the streets of the Mayo town to pay their respects to the officer who was killed on Wednesday night while on duty in Castlerea County Roscommon.

    Following the State funeral, which will be streamed by An Garda Siochana and broadcast live on Midwest Radio, Detective Garda Horkan's remains will be brought to the nearby cemetery for burial.          

  • The man charged with the murder of Detective Garda Colm Horkan is due to appear via video-link before Harristown District Court today.

    Stephen Silver, a native of Co. Roscommon with an address at Aughaward, Foxford, was deemed unfit to attend a court sitting in Castlerea two weeks ago.

    Documentation received by the court from the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin revealed the accused was receiving medical attention.

  • The man charged with the murder of Detective Garda Horkan in Castlerea in June, has again failed to appear by video link in court today.

    Stephen Silver of Aughaward, Foxford, Co Mayo, is charged with the murder of Charlestown native Det. Garda Horkan on June 17.

    Further details of the extent of the murder investigation were outlined at Harristown District Court in Castlrea this morning when a defence solicitor questioned the length of time it was taking for the file to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Solicitor Martina Moran, who is representing Stephen Silver, asked for progress to be made on the matter.

    The 44-year old was due to appear before Harristown District Court by video-link from the Central Mental Hospital, where he is receiving treatment.

    Ms. Moran said that the Central Mental Hospital had arranged video-link facilities but the court was told that a sick note had been received this morning and that Silver would not be appearing.

    It is the seventh time Silver has been deemed unfit to appear by video link at Harristown District Court.

    Sgt. Mark Mahon said that the file is with the State solicitor in Roscommon and is due to be sent to the DPP but Ms. Moran said they expected more progress would have been made at this stage.

    In response, Sgt. Mahon said that it was a ‘complex’ investigation with numerous lines of enquiry.

    “There are over 350 house-to-house enquiries have been carried out, approximately 70 CCTV footage exhibits had to be explored, in excess of 200 written statements compiled,” he said.

    A previous court sitting heard that the investigation included over 250 exhibits and the content of ten electronic devices, while Gardai also spoke to a person in Australia as part of their enquiries.

    Judge James Faughnan remanded Stephen Silver in custody to appear before Harristown District Court by video-link on October 2 and asked that a progress report be made at the next sitting in two weeks.

     

  • A 44-year-old man has been charged with the capital murder of a Detective Garda in Castlerea, Co Roscommon.

    Stephen Silver made no reply when charged by Gardai following the fatal shooting incident in the town on June 17th last.

    The mechanic, with an address at Aughaward, Foxford County Mayo, was previously charged with the murder of the Detective Garda Colm Horkan  in June.

    He has been receiving treatment at the Central Mental Hospital over the last number of months and has been deemed unfit to appear via video link for medical reasons at several court appearances.

    Today, he was brought from the hospital to appear in court and was wearing grey suit with a white shirt for the short hearing.

    The court heard he made no reply when charged and he was remanded in custody to the Midlands Prison to appear via video link at Harristown District Court next month.

  • The file into the murder last June of Detective Garda Colm Horkan in Castlerea has been completed and runs to ten volumes.

    At Harristown District Court in Castlerea today Sgt Mark Mahon told the court  that the garda file is now with the Director of Public Prosecutions and will take some time to be processed. He told Judge James Faughnan that considerable progress had been made in the investigation.

    Stephen Silver of Aughaward, Foxford, is charged with the murder of Det. Garda Horkan in Castlerea on June 17, and was due to appear before this morning’s sitting of the court by video link.

    But the court was told that a sick note had been received and that Mr Silver was unable to appear.

    It is the eighth time he has been deemed unfit to appear by video link at Harristown District Court.

    Defence solicitor Martina Moran told a previous sitting of the court that 44-year old Silver was being treated at the Central Mental Hospital and that video-link facilities had been arranged there.

    Sgt Mahon told Judge Faughnan this morning that an officer had been appointed to take charge of the file at the DPP offices and that it was progressing.

    The file is quite substantial, Sgt Mahon explained “however, the DPP’s office is actively looking into the file at the moment and we hope to have directions as soon as possible”.

    Judge Faughnan remanded Stephen Silver in custody to appear before Harristown District Court by video link on October 16 for DPP directions.