No resources will be spared as gardai hunt the killers of Detective Adrian Donohoe, Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said.
“Resources will not be an issue,” Commissioner Martin Callinan. “We will put all our energy towards finding out precisely who was behind this robbery. It is too early to speculate whether there was a subversive element to this or whether they are ordinary criminals."
Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, 41, a father-of-two was gunned down half a mile from home as he tried to stop raiders escaping with cash from a Credit Union close to the border town of Dundalk, Co Louth.
Commissioner Callinan said: "He was a very popular member of An Garda Siochana, a very efficient member, someone who was revered both by his peers and members of the community where he served."
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said the entire force had been deeply shocked and saddened by the murder - the first of a serving officer in 17 years.
A book of condolence was opened at Dundalk garda station where the murdered officer was based. Former colleagues and members of the public have been attending the station with floral tributes and leaving messages of support.
Some members of the community were visibly shaken and embraced uniformed officers as they conveyed sympathies.