26 May 2019, 10.10

Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, TD, Chair of the Bravery Awards Council, has expressed his sadness and shock at the death of Garda David Hearne.

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Garda Hearne in Wexford. He was a worthy recipient of a certificate of bravery in 2016 which was awarded to him for rescuing a man from the Colligan River some years earlier. In his selfless service to others, Garda Hearne followed in the footsteps of his father, Declan, who was a bravery award recipient in 1958. My thoughts and prayers are with Garda Hearne’s wife, children and wider family at this time."

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