A review by garda authorities into events leading up to the murder of Garda Tony Golden in Co Louth in 2015 has found that two incidents reported to gardaí in the run-up to his death were not correctly classified on the force’s PULSE system.
However, the review has found that it is unlikely that a different course of action would have been taken by Garda Golden on the day of his death had the incidents been classified more appropriately.
Garda Golden was shot dead by Adrian Crevan Mackin in Omeath in Co Louth on 11 October 2015.
Mackin's partner Siobhán Phillips was seriously injured in the shooting.
Today the Minister for Justice published a review carried out by Assistant Garda Commissioner John O'Driscoll into interactions between the gardaí and Ms Phillips and her family in the run up to the shooting.
The review found that Garda Golden's actions were beyond reproach and that his approach to dealing with the issue presented to him was professional and community focused.
It found that two incidents reported to gardaí in September and October of 2015 by Ms Phillips and her family were incorrectly classified on the PULSE system as "Attention and Complaints" issues.
The review found that the first incident, reported to gardaí by Ms Phillips' father on 6 September 2015 should have been classified as 'DVSA - no offence disclosed' (Domestic Violence Sexual Assault - no offence disclosed).
It also found that there was sufficient information for the second incident on 10 October 2015 to be recorded as a crime incident.
However, the review also found that significant actions were taken by gardaí in addressing the matters raised by the complainants.
It also found that it is unlikely that Garda Tony Golden would have taken a different course of action on the day of his death had the incidents been classified more appropriately.
A separate review is being carried out into the interactions between Mackin and gardaí.
The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission is also carrying out two investigations.
Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said the review has identified that the actions of Garda Golden were beyond reproach.
The Minister said it did not appear that the classification of incidents was a causative factor in the tragic events on the night of the shootings.
He said that ensuring there was robust crime data was a very important element in effectively preventing and responding to all forms of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.
He said there was ongoing engagement between the CSO, the gardaí and other crime statistic users, including the Department of Justice and the Policing Authority.
Minister Flanagan also said tackling domestic violence was an essential priority for the Government.
He said important progress had been made in recent years including the establishment of the Garda National Protective Services Bureau, as well as a nationwide network of Garda Victim Services Offices with dedicated staff in each of the 28 Garda Divisions.
He said Divisional Protective Services Units were currently in place in three areas, would be established in each Garda division.
Mr Flanagan also appealed for continued sensitivity for those who had suffered greatly as a result of these events, especially the widow and children of Garda Golden and his wider family, and Ms Phillips and her family members.