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Slain garda didn't want Shatter at conference

IT has emerged that murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe spoke out against Justice Minister Alan Shatter attending this year's Garda Representative Association's annual conference just three days before he was shot dead.

Ultimately the GRA took the rare decision not to invite Minister Shatter to Westport, Co Mayo, this week.



And yesterday at the conference, a close colleague and friend of the garda revealed that, at a local GRA meeting in Dundalk, Co Louth, the detective spoke out against Mr Shatter.

Garda Robbie Peelo said: "At that meeting, it was decided that Alan Shatter was not to be invited to this conference and that, if he attended, I was to get out.

"Adrian spoke at that meeting, and if he were alive today he would demand that he not be here, because of the way Alan Shatter and the Government are so out of touch with ourselves and everyone else in this country.

"It was hugely attended in Dundalk. There was only a small proportion, who were on duty, who couldn't attend the meeting – everyone else was there.

"Adrian was very vocal at the meeting."