Wednesday 24 May 2017

Martina Devlin: How our faith in the goodness of others dies with the killing of a decent man

Take a look at the photograph of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe. Do you see what I see? I see everybody's neighbour: an approachable, capable, dependable-looking guard – the kind you'd make a beeline for if you needed help. In or out of uniform, he comes across as someone you could turn to, someone steady and slow to judge.

A rock-solid man.

How do I know? There's a clue in his behaviour immediately before his death. Det Gda Donohoe's fundamental decency shone through in the moments leading up to his murder.

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