Tuesday 20 February 2018

Two police chiefs lead cross-border security summit

The late Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.
The late Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.

Olivia Ryan

THE murder of Det. Garda Adrian Donohoe topped the agenda at the high level crime summit held in Dundalk last week.

The conference heard that over 3,200 statements and reports have been taken as part of the investigation into the murder of Detective Garda Donohoe.

The security meeting was led by police chiefs on both sides of the border for the first time, to allow the murders of the Dundalk-based detective, and South Armagh man Paul Quinn, to be discussed.

The cross-border dimension has been one of the crucial features of the investigation into the fatal shooting of the Dundalk based Detective, a father-of-two, outside Lordship Credit Union on January 25.

The Commissioner described it as a 'huge investigation' but would not be drawn on any current lines of enquiry being examined.

'The investigation of Adrian Donohoe's murder is a major investigation. And right now we have collated over 3,200 statements and reports.

We have over 3,600 structured lines of enquiry that have been completed, or are in the process of being completed.'

'I'm not going to give any indication as to how close or far away we are. But whether it will be short, medium or long term we will be ready, if and when an opportunity presents itself to bring those people to justice.'

Senior PSNI officers attending the conference also committed their support to gardai in the ongoing investigation into the murder of Detective Garda Donohoe.

Chief Constable Matt Baggot said that police in the north would assist the investigation in any way that is needed.

'We will pursue every avenue. We will spare no resources, we will make sure we support our colleagues here as fully as we can. That is my commitment to you.'

'There is nowhere we won't go to bring people to justice. Our work, on behalf of Martin [Callinan] and An Garda Siochana, is completely open ended.'

Other items on the agenda were cyber crime and combating cigarette and fuel smuggling, a factor which was thrown into the spotlight after the seizure of nine million cigarettes at a service station north of Dundalk less than 24 hours before the conference began.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan welcomed the strengthening of the relationship between An Garda Síochána and the PSNI, adding:

'This seminar enables both police services to enhance the existing shared co-operation in combating cross border crime. It also provides for an opportunity to discuss emerging threats and share knowledge.'

The Argus

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