No one should dare hide killers of brave garda, priest warns
Published 25/02/2013 | 04:00
NOBODY should "dare to pervert the course of justice" by hiding the killers of slain Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, mourners were told at his month's mind.
Family friend Fr Michael Cusack said the investigation into the brutal slaying of Det Gda Donohoe, pictured, and the search for justice and convictions was important not just for his grieving young family but also for our humanity to know that "justice can and will be done".
One month on from the cold-blooded murder of the detective in Lordship, near Dundalk, Co Louth, his grief-stricken family, friends and colleagues returned once again to the church where his funeral was held.
Once again, mourners packed into St Joseph's Redemptorist Church in Dundalk to support brave widow Caroline Donohoe, her two young children, Niall and Amy, Adrian's parents, Hugh and Peggy, and the extended family.
Readings and prayers for the Mass were chosen by Caroline.
Special prayers were offered for those mourning Det Gda Donohoe's death and for those investigating his killing, that justice would be done.
Among the congregation were Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, Assistant Commissioner Kieran Kenny, Detective Garda Joe Ryan – Det Gda Donohoe's partner who was with him at the time of his murder outside the Lordship Credit Union – and former Justice Minister Dermot Ahern.
A large box on the altar held the many books of condolence signed by thousands of people and which were presented to Caroline after the Mass.
Celebrating the Mass, Fr Cusack told the family that he knew of the "wonderful, generous outpouring towards them".
"If people could change things they would," Fr Cusack added.
However, he said that as a society, we would not tolerate violence and that "we won't hide people that need to be brought to justice".
"Nobody should dare pervert the course of justice if finding justice could bring peace and resolution to ease the pain the family were being forced to endure," he added.
He said it seemed as if time had flown by since they gathered here four weeks ago for the very sad but beautiful farewell.
The journey being endured by the family and the investigating team working so hard since the brutal murder felt very lonely at times and very crowded at others, he said, adding that the family needed a little space to grieve.
The "amazing turnout" at the month's mind Mass showed the honour in which the murdered detective garda was held.
But it also demonstrated the respect felt by the community for peace and justice, said Fr Cusack.