It was a moving occassion, on Saturday last when Caroline Donohoe, widow of murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, received a special remembrance medal as her late husband was honoured at the Garda memorial service for members of the force killed in the line of duty, at Dublin Castle.
Mrs Donohoe, who is also a garda, spoke with Justice Minister Alan Shatter after the ceremony and also met Ann McCabe, the widow of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe who was gunned down by the IRA in Adare 17 years ago.
The Minister for Justice and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan presented the medal to the Detective Garda Donohoe’s wife Caroline and the couple’s children Amy and Niall.
Mr Shatter said that Detective Donohoe’s murder was an unspeakable crime and had changed the lives of his family forever.
He added that it was tragic that Adrian’s name was added to a roll of honour that continues to get longer.
Detective Donohoe was the first member of An Garda Siochana to be shot dead in the line of duty since 1996.
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said that the day was particularly emotional as the memory of Adrian’s murder was still raw in everyone’s memory.
He also spoke of the “unending support and overwhelming solidarity” offered by the extended police family during these tragic times.