Three days before Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was murdered, the local man spoke out against Justice Minister Alan Shatter attending this year’s Garda Representative Association’s (GRA)annual conference.
Last week, in a rare decision, the GRA decided not to invite the Justice Minister to the conference being held in Co Mayo.
It is understood that at a local GRA meeting in Dundalk, Adrian spoke out against Minister Shatter attending the conference.
The revelations were made at the conference last week by Garda Robbie Peelo, a colleague and friend of Adrian.
He said: “At that meeting, it was decided that Alan Shatter was not to be invited to this conference.
“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,” he added.
Last week, we reported that a number of residential houses in the Carlingford area were searched by Gardai.
It has also been revealed that the prime suspect in Det Garda Adrian Donohoe murder case is thought to have fled to the US in the wake of the investigation.
It is understood the man in his twenties, from the South Armagh area, travelled to the UK before travelling on a British passport.
It is unlikely that the suspect will be able to stay legally in the US.