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Murdered garda hero Adrian is awarded Scott Medal

Robin Schiller

Published 23/09/2016 | 02:30

Caroline Donohoe, the widow of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, gets a posthumous gold Scott Medal from Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Caroline Donohoe, the widow of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, gets a posthumous gold Scott Medal from Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan has said the force is determined to catch the gang that murdered Det Garda Adrian Donohoe.

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The courageous garda was posthumously awarded the gold Scott Medal, the organisation's highest honour yesterday. It is the first gold medal since 2007 and was handed out at a ceremony at the Garda College Templemore, Co Tipperary.

Garda Thomas Dalton, of Leixlip Garda Station, gets a Bronze Scott Medal from Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, watched by his proud wife Niamh and children Lucy (3) and Oisin (19 months). Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Garda Thomas Dalton, of Leixlip Garda Station, gets a Bronze Scott Medal from Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, watched by his proud wife Niamh and children Lucy (3) and Oisin (19 months). Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Det Donohoe's widow Caroline accepted the award on behalf of her late husband to a standing ovation from the audience of approximately 300 people.

Det Garda Joe Ryan, who was on a cash escort with Det Garda Donohoe when they were ambushed in Co Louth on the night of Friday, January 25, 2013, was also awarded the Scott silver medal.

They were two of 14 gardaí commended for their courage and selflessness in the line of duty, values which the commissioner said epitomised gardaí.

Nóirin O'Sullivan said An Garda Síochana were determination to get justice for their murdered colleague who "made the ultimate sacrifice".

"It is absolutely our determination that the people that murdered Adrian will be brought to justice.

"Adrian Donohoe made the ultimate sacrifice but that doesn't diminish in any way the sacrifice and dedication and the bravery, the courage that the other members of AGS have shown who have been honoured here today," Ms O'Sullivan said.

Killers

The Garda Commissioner also defended the length of time the investigation has taken, saying that help is needed from the wider community to bring the killers to justice.

The ceremony was attended by Det Donohoe's family, members of the Dundalk garda division, some 200 trainee gardaí as well as senior officers from across the country.

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald also spoke at the event, which she said gave a "sombre reminder" of the risks gardaí take on a daily basis to protect Irish communities.

"Every day of the week they put their lives at risk for our safety.

"That's what we're acknowledging here today as well as the circumstances surrounding the death of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe."

Irish Independent

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