Michael McDowell: Now is the time to stand four-square behind gardai
No spurious claims of any alleged 'motivation' can ever excuse the gunning down by psychopaths in cold blood of a garda doing his duty on behalf of the citizens of this State
FRIDAY was a dark, dark day for Garda Caroline Donohoe, the wife and serving colleague of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, for his family and for the rest of us.
Our hearts go out to them and to his traumatised fellow member of the force, Garda Joe Ryan, who witnessed a shocking, cold-blooded execution of his friend, a decent man doing his duty to defend all of us from the evil thuggery of those who gunned him down.
We do not yet know the identity of the killers. It is not clear whether these psychopaths are members of a small, isolated gang of criminals or of a larger gang of criminals claiming to act on foot of some form of political motivation.