Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Niall Collins has called on Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams to make a statement following the comments of a senior party colleague, reported to know the identity of the killers of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, and also to confirm when the individual passed his information to the PSNI and Garda investigations.
Deputy Collins’ comments come almost a week after one of Sinn Féin’s most senior officials was reported as having told a journalist, in a taped conversation, that he knew for a fact the identity of the killers of Detective Donohoe. Despite a major cross-border investigation following the January murder, the Garda’s killers remain at large.
Deputy Collins commented, “This media briefing is a serious development. A senior official working at the heart of the Sinn Féin political operation claims that he knows for a fact the identity of Detective Donohoe’s killers. In addition, he claims that the same individuals were behind the murder of Paul Quinn.
“Inexplicably, since publication of the report, the Sinn Féin leadership has been entirely silent on the matter. Given the widespread national revulsion at the killing of Detective Donohoe and indeed his own comments at the time, it is important that Deputy Adams come forward and confirm that he has spoken to his colleague, that this individual has given statements to the Gardaí and PSNI investigators, and confirm when these statements were made. I fully expected such a statement following publication of the story, but none came.
“In the course of his briefing, the Sinn Féin official also sought to undermine the integrity of Paul Quinn’s family’s search for justice, claiming that the Garda Donohoe’s murderers were members of their campaign and indeed that their slain 21 year old son was an ‘associate’ of the killers; this is despite the fact that Mr Quinn was killed six years before the County Louth ambush. Mr Quinn’s family have properly dismissed the slur, claiming that it is just the latest chapter in a malicious whispering campaign by Sinn Féin that they have had to endure for years.
“Deputy Adams should also make it clear whether he stands by these remarks and if not, issue an immediate apology to Mr Quinn’s family on behalf of his party.”
Speaking on LMFM Sinn Fein MP Conor Murphy said that: “Sinn Féin elected representatives, including Louth TD and Party Leader Gerry Adams have met senior Gardai in Dundalk and discussed the Garda investigation into the killing of Garda Adrian Donohoe. Sinn Fein made very clear to the Garda representatives our full support for their efforts into this murder.”
Responding directly to comments by Fianna Fail’s Niall Collins, Conor Murphy accused the Fianna Fáil TD of “seeking to score cheap political points while ignoring the real issue which is the securing of convictions of those responsible for these murders.”