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Man charged over Garda's fatal shooting in Roscommon

Detective Garda Colm Horkan. Image copyright An Garda Síochána
Image caption Detective Garda Colm Horkan

A 43-year-old man has been charged with murder over the shooting of Detective Garda Colm Horkan in County Roscommon.

Stephen Silver from Aughaward, Foxford in County Mayo appeared before a special sitting of Castlerea District Court on Friday night.

Det Garda Horkan was shot several times on Wednesday night in Castlerea, County Roscommon, and died at the scene.

In court, Mr Silver told the judge the murder charge was "absolutely unreal" and added: "I had no firearm on me."

Mr Silver was remanded in custody for a week. He is due to appear in court again via videolink on Friday.

Detective Horkan's funeral is due to take place in his home town of Charlestown, County Mayo, on Sunday.

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Image caption Stephen Silver, 43, appeared before a special sitting of Castlerea District Court

Hundreds of people turned out in Castlerea for a vigil in his memory on Thursday evening.

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