It was a very moving tribute on Saturday evening at Lordship in memory of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe who lost his life one year ago when he was murdered in cold blood.
At exactly 9.30pm everybody stood in silence, in thought and in prayer. It was a quiet dignified tribute to a man who, as the plaque at the credit union gate states: lost his life here on 25 January 2013 while serving his community.
Throughout the course of this murder investigation over 4,000 lines of inquiry have been explored, over 2,100 statements taken, approximately 400,000 hours of CCTV reviewed, over 1,200 exhibits gathered, and more than 30 searches undertaken under warrant.
The investigation team based in Dundalk has been assisted by Interpol, Europol, the Dutch police, the FBI, and the PSNI.
Speaking in Dundalk last week, Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said the level of support and unstinting dedication shown by the PSNI in the course of this investigation is indicative of the close working relationship between the two police forces.
This co-operation between the gardai and the PSNI is essential in tracking down Adrian Donohoe’s killers.
Mr Conor Murphy, the Sinn Fein MLA for Newry-Armagh has stated that south Armagh is not a criminal’s paradise and it is not true to say that there is a wall of silence in that area about reporting any information on this murder. Mr Murphy says that if the political will existed, the PSNI would be able to follow suspects into the Republic and the Gardai into the North. We need that political move now.