Saturday 18 August 2018

Gardaí and PSNI quiz associates of suspect over Donohoe murder

Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot in 2013
Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot in 2013

Tom Brady and Robin Schiller

Gardaí and the PSNI have interviewed associates of the chief suspect in the murder of Det Gda Adrian Donohoe following the criminal's arrest outside a Dublin jail.

The 26-year-old man from Co Armagh was detained by officers from the murder investigation team, based at Dundalk, outside Wheatfield prison on Sunday night.

He is being held for questioning at Dundalk garda station under section 50 of the anti- gangland legislation, Criminal Justice Act 2007, and can be detained without charge for up to a week.

The criminal is a suspected member of the five-man murder gang. Det Gda Donohoe was shot dead outside a credit union premises at Lordship, Bellurgan, near Dundalk, on January 25, 2013.

Gardaí have made progress in the murder inquiry over recent days through a number of investigative strands.

Specialist officers from various Garda national units have been brought in to review evidence gathered as part of the investigation, while cross-Border interviews have also been conducted over the weekend.

After the chief suspect's arrest at 7.15pm on Sunday, gardaí began widening their inquiries into his background and sought the assistance of the PSNI to help with checks on the northern side of the Border. Officers on both sides interviewed associates of the suspect as part of their inquiries yesterday.

His arrest has been described by investigating officers as significant and gardaí are now hopeful of making further progress with their five-year investigation.

It has remained a top priority for the force and has involved dozens of officers from the Louth division and specialist units based in Dublin.

Last week it emerged the FBI had intensified its investigation into two men suspected of involvement in Det Gda Donohoe's murder.

The two suspects, who are brothers, fled to the US and have been living among the Irish community in Boston since their involvement in the garda's murder in 2013.

Gardaí have been liaising with several international police agencies, including the PSNI and the FBI, as part of the investigation.

Federal agents and the local police in Boston have increased pressure on the two suspects living in the area and have offered a substantial reward for anyone who can give information to assist them.

Senior gardaí previously vowed they will go "to the ends of the Earth" to bring Det Gda Donohoe's killers to justice.

Irish Independent

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