Saturday 18 August 2018

Families shielding killers of Det Garda Donohoe warned: 'You will never have peace'

Robin Schiller

Family and friends who are shielding the killers of Det Gda Adrian Donohoe "will never have peace", senior investigators have warned.

Detectives probing the shocking shooting of the father-of-two at the Lordship Credit Union in Dundalk have vowed to go "to the ends of the Earth" to bring the murderers to justice.

The murder gang's identities are known to gardaí, and they are living both in Ireland and abroad, including the US as well the North.

Det Gda Donohoe was shot dead during an armed robbery near Dundalk, Co Louth, on the morning of January 25, 2013. On the fifth anniversary of the murder yesterday, senior gardaí said the killers were being shielded by family and friends.

Chief Supt Christopher Mangan urged those providing support to the gang to come forward with information. "The persons involved in this murder have no doubt received logistical and emotional support from their families and friends," Chief Supt Mangan said.

"And I'm speaking to you in particular, the families and friends of the people who were involved in the murder.

"Your mind will never have peace until you tell the truth of what happened to Adrian. It's not too late to do the right thing."

Gardaí said they had made significant progress in the investigation, and were liaising with other police forces, including the PSNI, UK authorities and US police forces.

No charges have yet been brought over the murder to date. A chief suspect in the murder is due for release in the coming weeks after being jailed for offences unrelated to Det Gda Donohoe's murder.

The man, aged in his 20s, absconded to the US following the murder, but was extradited back to Ireland last year.

Two other suspects were separately given suspended sentences in recent years for crimes not connected to Det Gda Donohoe's murder. They were charges related to a rape in the North and dangerous driving in this jurisdiction.

Yesterday, Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin paid tribute to the murdered officer. "Adrian's ultimate sacrifice to protect others will never be forgotten by his loved ones, the wider Garda family, the local community he served so well, and the State," he said.

Irish Independent

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