SINN Fein and the IRA know who murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe but will not break the code of silence protecting his killers in south Armagh, a former garda colleague has said.
Mayor of Drogheda Richie Culhane, a former detective who worked with Det Gda Donohoe, accused Gerry Adams's condemnation of the officer's murder as "hypocrisy".
In an interview for a special report on Independent.ie the Fine Gael councillor said: "There is nothing that happens in Crossmaglen and nothing that happens in South Armagh that Sinn Fein and the IRA don't know about."
He said that Sinn Fein and the IRA also covered up the truth about the horrific murder of local man Paul Quinn (21), who was beaten to death in 2007.
"To a lot of these people, murder, whether it is a garda, civilian or a politician, is not really such a big deal," said Mr Culhane.
The former garda said that his garda colleagues had "taken with a grain of salt" the Sinn Fein president's expressions of sadness over the murder and his Dail apology, on the eve of Det Gda Donohoe's funeral, for the IRA murder of detective Jerry McCabe in 1996.
"His apology was so insensitive and the height of bad taste, it was seen for what it was – political opportunism," he said.