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Gardai mount checkpoints in hunt for killers

A SERIES of checkpoints was mounted in Louth as the investigation into the murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe intensified.

A week after Det Garda Donohoe was gunned down in cold blood, his colleagues set up roadside checkpoints as part of an intelligence-gathering operation.

Officers stopped cars outside the four credit unions on the Cooley peninsula which they believe the killers had kept under surveillance in recent weeks.

Vehicles were checked in the village of Lordship, where Det Garda Donohoe was murdered, as well as in Omeath and Carlingford. Father-of-two Mr Donohoe (41) was shot in the head as he approached a five-man gang at a car in the grounds of Lordship credit union, Bellurgan. He was due to escort cash lodgments along with Det Garda Joe Ryan.



Last night's checkpoints were kept in place from 8pm to 11pm. Motorists were given questionnaires to fill out.

Gardai also renewed their appeal for information. Officers in Dundalk called on members of the public who noticed suspicious activity in the vicinity of Lordship credit union between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, on Friday January 25 – or in the days before then – to contact them.