Monday 17 December 2018

'It's not too late' - Senior garda appeals for people with information on Adrian Donohoe killing to come forward

Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe
Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

Senior gardaí investigating the murder of Det Gda Adrian Donohoe have appealed for the families and friends of the killers who provided them with 'logistical and emotional' support to come forward.

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the detective's murder, who was callously shot dead in the line of duty while providing an armed garda escort.

The tragic 41-year-old father-of-two was murdered during an armed robbery at the Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, near Dundalk, Co Louth, on the morning of January 25, 2013.

In a fresh appeal for information this morning, Chief Supt Christy Mangan said that he is appealing to people who have information on the killing but who have not yet come forward. 

The senior investigator said that those involved in the murder were both in Ireland and abroad, and that gardaí will 'follow them to the end of the earth' in order to bring the killers to justice.

"The persons involved in this murder have no doubt received logistical and emotional support from their families and friends. 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," Chief Supt Mangan said. 

"I'm appealing to people that I know that have information, and I am certain have information, and those people might be sitting on a fence in regards 'should I, can I'. You certainly can come to us and the information imparted to us will be treated with the utmost confidence," the senior garda added.

In the aftermath of the killing members of the murder team fled across the border and at least two absconded to the US.

Last year the criminal suspected of pulling the trigger was extradited back to Ireland from the US on charges unrelated to Det Gda Donohoe's murder. 

Gardai have received assistance from police authorities across the world including the PSNI, UK agencies and US police forces.

"We will never cease in our efforts to bring accountability to those who murdered Adrian. We will never cease investigating in order to solve Adrian's murder. We owe that to Adrian's family, friends and local community.

"Some (suspects) are are in the country and some have left the country and have sought protection in other jurisdictions, so that doesn't prevent us from following them to the end of the earth and we certainly will," Chief Mangan stated.

He also said that Gardai know the identities of the killers and that great progress has been made in the investigation, particular over the last 12 months.

No one has ever been brought to justice in relation to the incident and the gang of involved in the attack escaped the scene with just €4,000.

In September 2016, Det Gda Donohoe was

posthumously awarded the gold medal for exceptional courage and bravery.

Anyone with information in relation to the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe should call the incident room in Dundalk Garda Station on 042 9388470 or the Garda Confidential Number on 1800 666 111.

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