Wednesday 21 February 2018

Widow's graceful speech shows the worth of our gardai

Caroline Donoghue, widow of slain Garda Adrian Donoghue
Caroline Donoghue, widow of slain Garda Adrian Donoghue

IN THE eight months since Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead by raiders at a credit union in Co Louth, his name has gradually faded from public attention. But this weekend we were eloquently and poignantly reminded about this brave garda brutally killed while doing his duty.

Adrian's wife Caroline, while receiving a posthumous award on his behalf, recalled his many fine qualities as a husband, father, relative, neighbour, and community activist.

She spoke with grace and dignity about the loss of her dearly-loved husband, who was her best friend in life. She spoke of the solace she derived from the support many people throughout the country had shown for her and the family. In the days which followed Det Gda Donohoe's death on January 25 last, we saw a national outpouring of shock and grief. We heard many political pledges of how those responsible would be brought to account, most probably getting 40 years in prison.

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