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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Gardaí arrest man outside prison over Donohoe murder

Garda Adrian Donohoe
Garda Adrian Donohoe

Tom Brady and Elaine Koegh

A man has been arrested outside a Dublin jail in connection with the murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe five years ago.

The 26-year-old suspect from Co Armagh was detained by detectives from the investigation team based in Dundalk close to Wheatfield prison in west Dublin, around 7.15pm yesterday.

Senior officers last night described the arrest of the man as significant.

Significant

The suspect was arrested minutes after he had been released from jail where had served a sentence, imposed last year, for road traffic and criminal damage offences.

He was detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007 and taken to Dundalk Garda Station for questioning.

He can be held without charge for up to seven days.

His arrest and questioning will form part of a file, which is being submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions, in relation to a lengthy investigation carried out by officers into the murder which shocked the nation.

Det Gda Donohoe was shot dead outside a credit union premises at Lordship, Bellurgan, outside Dundalk, on January 25, 2013.

Senior garda officers had told the Irish Independent late last year that the Donohoe investigation remained a top priority for the force and they were satisfied they were making progress in the case.

It is understood that the suspect had been living during the past few years in the UK and the United States.

Deported

He was deported from the US last year and arrested by gardaí at Dublin Airport on warrants related to road traffic and criminal damage offences.

A gardaí spokesman last night said in a statement: "As part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of Adrian Donohoe at the Lordship Credit Union, Belurgan... gardaí from Dundalk have arrested a male in his 20s in connection with the murder."

Irish Independent

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