Thursday 14 November 2019

Commissioner: Hunt for killers of Adrian Donohoe 'complex'

Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan accompanied by Assistant Commissioner Kieran Kenny (right) and Chief Superindent Pat McGee speaking to the media at St Joseph's church in Dundalk yesterday before the Anniversary Mass for Det. Garda Adrian Donohoe
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan accompanied by Assistant Commissioner Kieran Kenny (right) and Chief Superindent Pat McGee speaking to the media at St Joseph's church in Dundalk yesterday before the Anniversary Mass for Det. Garda Adrian Donohoe
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

THE garda investigation into the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe is "progressing very steadily" but is "very complex", Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has said.

Speaking on the second anniversary of the slaying of the father of two, she said "excellent work" is being done and that the gardaí remain "very, very determined".

But there are still people "out there" who can significantly help the investigation, she said, calling on them to come forward.

She was speaking at a memorial mass for Det Gda Donohoe at St Joseph's Church in Dundalk on the second anniversary of his death yesterday.

The mass at the Redemptorist Church was attended by Det Garda Donohoe's widow Caroline, and their two young children Amy and Niall, as well as the murdered garda's parents Hugh and Peggy.

Celebrant Fr Michael Cusack told the congregation when badness or evil enters our world, it diminishes it.

"The call that we have is to root it out," he said.

Fr Cusack called on the Commissioner to "root out badness so the force can have the pride it always holds dear".

Loss

He said that over the past two years, he has watched Caroline and the family come to terms with the deep loss of Adrian.

"Quietly and with great dignity" she has protected her family as she tries to be "both mother and father" to her children.

"I hope we will always be able to protect your privacy so that you can rear your children in respect and love," he told her.

Prayers were said for the Donohoe family during the mass.

Interviewed beforehand, the Commissioner said Det Gda Donohoe was "murdered in a very cowardly way" and expressed solidarity with Caroline, her family and the community.

The gardaí are receiving full co-operation from the PSNI and from their colleagues in other jurisdictions.

"Very significant progress is being made" but it is very important the gardaí get the investigation 100pc right, she said.

"It's important we take our time and make sure all the building blocks and sequencing are in the right order," added the Commissioner.

She called on people within the local community in Co Louth who may have information to come forward, "no matter how irrelevant it may seem".

Suspects

Det Gda Donohoe was gunned down outside Lordship Credit Union in the Co Louth village of Bellurgan while escorting staff on their way to lodge cash in the night safe in Dundalk.

It is understood that key suspects have fled the jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, Gerry Adams, the Sinn Féin leader, has offered to act as a "go-between" for anyone with information about the slaying of the detective but who may be "too frightened or nervous" to come forward to the authorities.

He described Det Gda Donohoe as an "upstanding person" and said his killers should be brought to justice.

Irish Independent

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