Tributes paid to young Dun Laoghaire Garda following tragic death

by Gazette Reporter

Tributes have been paid to Garda Alan Leblique, who was stationed in Dun Laoghaire, after he died tragically earlier this week.

Garda Leblique was understood to have become the target of online abuse after a video of the young deputy was posted on social media.

In the video, the individual recording reportedly called out his badge number after they were stopped by Gda Leblique at a checkpoint during Lockdown.

He is said to have been struggling since becoming the subject of the abuse following the circulation of the video.

A Facebook group, which grew to over 8,000 members, was set up to show public support of Garda Leblique after the clip was posted.

A book of condolences for Gda Leblique was opened at Dun Laoghaire Garda Station earlier this week for locals in the southside coastal town to mark their tributes.

The International Police Association of Ireland posted a moving tribute to Gda Leblique, who was aged in his 30s.

The statement read: “Earlier this week, a terrible tragedy befell our Association and An Garda Síochána with the passing of Garda Alan Leblique.

“Alan was remembered by colleagues family and friends on Tuesday evening at a vigil outside Dun Laoghaire Garda Station. The service was led by Garda chaplains Fr Joe Kennedy and arch Deacon David Pierpoint.

“Alan served his community as he lived his life, with pride and compassion. To his husband Patrick, family, and friends, we pass our condolences.

“May he Rest in Peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.”

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