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Donohoe killers 'will be brought to justice'

Elaine Keogh

Published 09/11/2015 | 02:30

Gda Adrian Donohoe: concert to be held in his memory
Gda Adrian Donohoe: concert to be held in his memory

The outgoing garda chief superintendent in Co Louth, where two gardaí have been murdered in less than three years, says he believes that the people responsible for killing Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe "will face trial".

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Pat McGee retired on Saturday after 38 years in the force.

In his final interview, he said he had "no doubt" that those behind the killing of Det Garda Donohoe would be brought to justice.

Chief Supt McGee was one of the first people to arrive at the scene in Lordship, outside Dundalk, after the father of two had been shot dead in January 2013.

He was also one of the first to arrive in Omeath last month after Garda Tony Golden had been shot and killed by Adrian Crevan Mackin.

He said Garda Golden's murder "left a very dark cloud over the whole Louth division at a time when we were just beginning to recover slightly from Gda Donohoe.

"We just couldn't believe it could hit us again so soon," he added.

Garda Golden's killer took his own life after shooting the garda and his own partner, Siobhán Phillips, who was left with life-threatening gunshot wounds. She remains in hospital.

Some 65 gardaí yesterday braved the wet and blustery weather conditions to take part in the Remembrance Run in the Phoenix Park in memory of their fallen colleagues Garda Golden and Det Garda Donohoe.

In relation to Garda Donohoe's killing, Chief Supt McGee is confident, saying: "There will be justice but it is a slow, methodical investigation".

"It is going to take time, there is no question about that.

"When you are dealing with a lot of other police forces and a lot of other criminal matters in other countries, it slows down the process greatly.

"There is no doubt that the people responsible will face trial. There is no doubt about it in my mind that it will happen."

He also rubbished claims that there are few resources still attached to the investigation.

Chief Supt McGee said: "There is no effort being spared in making sure that this happens. The reality is, as I have said before, that when an investigation starts, you may need a huge number of people - for example, on search teams - but when all the searches are done, you don't need as many people, so automatically it will come down to a smaller core team of people.

"There is still a core investigation team in place and it will stay in place until the conclusion of the investigation. The Garda Commissioner has given that assurance as well that the investigation will continue."

A special concert called 'Remembering Adrian' will be held in Dundalk on January to mark the third anniversary of Det Garda Donohoe's murder.

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