Friday 18 October 2019

Memorial for murdered garda

Caroline Donohoe, widow of slain Garda Aidrian Donohoe is presented with a medal by Commissioner Martin Callinan and Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter at the Garda Memorial Day in Dublin Castle yesterday.
Caroline Donohoe, widow of slain Garda Aidrian Donohoe is presented with a medal by Commissioner Martin Callinan and Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter at the Garda Memorial Day in Dublin Castle yesterday.
Family and friends react as they attend the memorial service for

Gareth Naughton

GARDA Commissioner Martin Callinan presented the family of murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe with a memorial medal during an emotional ceremony at Dublin Castle.

Det Gda Donohoe's wife Caroline, also a garda, was accompanied by the couple's two young children, Amy and Niall, to accept the honour.

The 41-year-old detective was shot at Bellurgan in Co Louth on January 25 this year by a gang as they robbed Lordship credit union.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter reiterated the Government's "revulsion" and "deep sadness" at the killing.

He said: "The brutal murder of Adrian Donohoe was an unspeakable crime and life-changing for his family. The addition of Adrian's name to this roll of honour brings to 87 the number of members who have been killed in the line of duty. It is 87 too many."

Mrs Donohoe spoke with the minister after the ceremony on Saturday. She also met Ann McCabe, widow of shot Det Gda Jerry McCabe.

The Tricolour was flown at half mast during the ceremony.

The Garda Commissioner told the hundreds in attendance that the recent death made the day "particularly poignant".

He said: "This terrible event is still very raw in our memory and rests very heavy on our hearts.

Irish Independent

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