Wednesday 22 October 2014

Garda killers will do 40 years, Taoiseach vows

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

Published 29/01/2013 | 17:27

28.1.13. People queue outside Dundalk Garda Station to sign the book of condolences for murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe. Picture Ciara Wilkinson.

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has vowed the killers of Det Gda Adrian Donohoe will serve the maximum 40 years in prison.

During special Dail statements this evening on the brutal murder, Mr Kenny said the minimums mandatory sentence for killing a member of the force is four decades.

"And they will serve it," Mr Kenny vowed. "I can assure everyone here, everyone in his family and in the country that we will do everything possible to bring those who murdered Adrian Donohoe to justice. And we will not rest, we cannot rest, until we have done so."

Justice Minister Alan Shatter told the House the minimum sentence for killing a member of the force is 40 years, but added: "I emphasise that this is a minimum sentence."

Mr Kenny also said the thugs ended up not stealing a Credit Union, but "a human life".

"And in doing so they stole a family's happiness, their dreams, they stole the future they imagined living in together, and all that would happen there."

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said Det Gda Donohue's murder "starkly illustrated" that the Garda Siochana are not "just the guardians of our communities; they are the pillars of our community".

"An attack on a member of An Garda Síochána is an attack on us, as citizens, and on the community they serve."

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin said: "Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe embodied the best traditions of community engagement. For him public service was not simply a job but a way of life."

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams also apologised to the family of Jerry McCabe for his brutal killing by the IRA Mr Adams apologised for other shootings and killings of Gardai by republicans "in the course of the conflict".

But he acknowledged "no words of mine can undo their hurt".

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