THE family of slain garda Jerry McCabe have decided not to respond to Gerry Adams's apology until later.
Seventeen years after four IRA men killed Det Gda McCabe, Sinn Fein leader Adams has apologised to his family.
His comments in the Dail that he was "very sorry for the pain and loss inflicted" on the families of Jerry McCabe and his colleague, Ben O'Sullivan, were heard in silence.
Det Gda O'Sullivan survived the gun attack after he was shot 11 times in Adare, Co Limerick in 1996.
On the day of Det Gda Adrian Donohoe's funeral, the McCabe family are not issuing any reply.
Widow Ann, along with Ben O'Sullivan, made their way to Louth today to pay their respects to the Donohoe family.
The Herald understands that they will respond to Mr Adams's comments but feel that this is not the appropriate time.
In the Dail yesterday, Mr Adams expressed his sympathy to family of Det Gda Donohoe before apologising to the McCabes.
"The death of Gda Donohoe has also provoked memories of the killing of Gda Jerry McCabe and the wounding of Gda Ben O'Sullivan in June 1996.
"I want to apologise to Mrs McCabe and the McCabe family, and to Garda Ben O' Sullivan and to the families of other members of the State forces who were killed by republicans in the course of the conflict," he said.
Andrew Lynch, Page 14