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Widow and children of murdered detective Adrian will get €1.3m damages


Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead five years ago. Picture Ciara Wilkinson

Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead five years ago. Picture Ciara Wilkinson

Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead five years ago. Picture Ciara Wilkinson

The family of garda detective Adrian Donohoe who was shot dead five years ago while on armed escort duty near the Border have been awarded €1.3m damages for personal injury against the State.

Mr Justice Michael Twomey, who deals with garda compensation matters in the High Court, was asked to approve the negotiated settlement because of the involvement in the proceedings of the murdered officer's son and daughter, aged 11 and 12.


The action was taken against the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform by Det Gda Donohoe's widow, former garda Caroline Deloughrey, who has retired on health grounds from the force since the death of her husband.

Ms Deloughrey, from Co Clare, met her husband at the Garda Training College in Templemore, Co Tipperary.

She had worked with the Garda National Immigration Bureau at Dundalk Garda Station, to which her 41-year-old husband had been attached.

Det Gda Donohoe was on armed escort duty with a colleague at Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Co Louth, on January 25, 2013 when he was fatally shot.

He was granted a state funeral and was posthumously awarded the Scott Medal for bravery.

Ms Deloughrey's application for compensation for her and the couple's children was led by former attorney general Eoghan Fitzsimons and barrister Eamonn MJ Coffey.

Micheal O Scanaill, with barrister Joseph O'Sullivan, together with the State Solicitor's Office, handled settlement negotiations over the past year on behalf of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

Judge Twomey was told it had been agreed by the legal representatives of Det Gda Donohoe's surviving family members that Ms Deloughrey would receive a settlement of €970,000, with the remainder being divided almost equally between her two children but slightly in favour of the younger child.

Mr O Scanaill told the garda compensation High Court public hearing that the minister had agreed that whatever formula of division of the overall award the family came up with was acceptable to the State, and the children's shares would be lodged in court funds until they are 18.


The €970,000 would be paid out to Ms Deloughrey.

Co Armagh man Aaron Brady (28), of New Road, Cross- maglen, has been charged with the detective's murder.

Det Insp Pat Marry said last year that when he charged Mr Brady with the murder, he replied: "I strongly deny any involvement in the murder of Det Gda Adrian Donohoe."

Mr Brady's defence team has been served with a book of evidence.

The Central Criminal Court trial is due to start on October 8.