The town of Dundalk came to a standstill for the funeral of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe earlier today
UACHTARAIN na hEireann, Michael D Higgins agus a bhan ceile, were invited by Very Rev Michael Cusack to express the condolence and sympathy of the people of the nation at the end of the funeral Mass of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe at St Joseph’s Redemptorist church Dundalk.
Nearly two thousand people filled the church and the adjoining monastery rooms for the requiem Mass during which Fr Cusack said, this is a good time for serious reflection on the need for expanding, and not cutting back, on policing in our country.
“Look into the eyes of Caroline ( Det Garda Donohoe’s widow) and you can recognise what evil can do.
“My parents now live in rural Galway,” Fr Cusack said, “and in that village there was only one garda, but it was a visible presence. Now there are none.
“Since then, two men in their eighties have been robbed, and one had his head bashed in.
“I see the fear in people’s eyes.”
He said the Gardai here in the border region have put humanity before productivity, but it is a difficult task and they need our support.
To Det Garda Donohoe’s window, he said:
“You are a powerful woman, an amazing woman. You will have the support of all this community, of friends and neighbours and garda colleagues. There is nothing we can say that will lessen the burden of what you are going through. We give you our prayers.”
Fr Cusack spoke about evil and said: “we saw it last Friday night when Adrian was gunned down.”
And addressing those who know the names or whereabouts of Adrian’s killers he said:
“If you have any semblance of goodness in you, turn these people in.”