The President Michael D Higgins, Garda Commissioner Martin Callanan and Justice Minister Alan Shatter have been among those who have expressed their shock at the killing of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe in Jenkinstown , Dundalk, last night. Taoiseach Enda Kenny also issued a statement this morning calling the killing “an outragageous act of cold blooded violence”
Det Garda Donohoe was shot during an attempted robbery at Lordship Credit Union, Bellurgan at around 9.30pm last night, Friday. The Dundalk based Garda and a colleague were reported to be on escort duty at the Credit Union when raiders hit. A number of shots were fired during the incident and Det Garda Donhoe was shot and killed. It has been reported this morning that no warnings were issued prior to the shooting and Det Garda Donohoe did not have time to draw is weapon.
Two men were subsequently arrested in the Whitehall area of Dublin in relation to the incident.
Det Garda Donohoe was a well-known and highly respected member of the Garda Siochana in Dundalk. His killing has deeply shocked the local community and his colleagues and friends in the Gardai. A married man with family, the Garda was in his late thirties and lived in the area. He is a native of Co Cavan.
“It was with deep shock and great sadness that I learned last night of the shooting dead in the line of duty of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.
“This was an outrageous act of cold blooded violence that has left a family without a husband and father and the Garda Siochana without a brave and valued member.
On behalf of the Government and of the people I would like to express my condolences to Adrian’s wife and children and to all his extended family at this unbearably sad time.
“I would also like to express my deepest sympathies to Commissioner Martin Callinan and all of Adrian’s colleagues in An Garda Siochana who I know will spare no effort in bringing to justice those responsible for this appalling crime.
Louth TD Gerry Adams also expressed his shock at the killing: “I am shocked at this crime. I extend my deepest sympathies to his family and colleagues and appeal to those with information about this crime to co-operate with the gardaí.”
Sinn Fein Councillors Jim Lougran and Edel Corrigan both live within a 3 mile radius of where the shooting took place. They issued the following statement:
“Our whole community is in shock. This is a close knot community where everybody knows each other. This Garda was admired, trusted and respected by all in the locality. He and his young family are part if the daily life of the area. We want to express our heartfelt sympathy to the Garda’s family, friends, colleagues and neighbours at this sad time.
“There is no excuse for the murder that took place in our community tonight. Those responsible are dangerous criminals who have no decency. They went out to commit a crime and fully prepared to murder anyone who stood in their way. Serious crime is leaving communities across the country in fear every day.
“We are asking that everybody help the Gardaí in their enquiries and be respectful of the victims family’s grief.”
Local TD Ged Nash said: “I am utterly sickened and angered at the cold-blooded murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in Lordship, County Louth last night.
A long and dark shadow has been cast across County Louth, Ireland and An Garda Siochana this weekend.”
Deputy Fergus O’Dows said: Detective Garda Donohue was engaged in his duty of protecting civil society, a society in which those responsible for this act have no place.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Detective Garda Donohue, and of his colleagues in An Garda Siochana.
“Our country has lost a committed public servant who was also deeply involved in local community life.”