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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Suspect in hero garda murder to be arrested on arrival at airport

Det Gda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead in an armed robbery
Det Gda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead in an armed robbery

A suspect in the murder of Det Gda Adrian Donohoe is expected to be kicked out of the US as early as Monday morning, and it is understood he will be arrested by gardai at Dublin Airport.

The 25-year-old, who is originally from South Armagh, was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in New York on Thursday after he overstayed his visa.

He is being held this weekend in the Hudson Detention Centre in New Jersey.

He is due to be arrested and brought before a judge when he arrives back in Ireland, but this is not in relation to the murder of Det Gda Donohoe.

Immigrant

"This individual is wanted in relation to some minor road traffic offences here, but there is no warrant for his arrest in relation to the murder of Adrian Donohoe," a senior source said last night.

"If gardai get the opportunity, they will question him in relation to the murder, but charges are a long way away in this case."

The man had been working as an illegal immigrant in the construction business in New York and Boston.

Sources say that many of the people he associated with in the US were "completely unaware" that he was a suspect in the murder of the hugely respected detective.

US authorities yesterday confirmed the detention of "an Irish national" and said he had failed to leave the US on expiration of his visa.

Det Gda Donohoe (41), a father-of-two, was shot dead in the line of duty during an armed robbery at the Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, near Dundalk, Co Louth, on the night of January 25, 2013.

No one has ever been brought to justice in relation to his death, and the five-man gang that was involved in the attack escaped the scene with only €4,000.

Last October, American police arrested the girlfriend of one of the suspected killers for immigration offences.

She was deported to Ireland in January.

Two other suspected members of the five-man murder gang are also believed to be in the US, while another suspect lives near Dundalk.

On the fourth anniversary of the killing in January, Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan made a fresh appeal for anyone with information to contact gardai.

"An Garda Siochana is as determined as ever to bring those behind this horrific crime to justice," she said.

"Extensive inquiries continue to be carried out in this country and with our international partners, including the PSNI.

Complex

"This is a highly complex investigation and it is important that, as with all such investigations, we make sure we have every single detail right.

"The investigation team in Dundalk has done incredible work and An Garda Siochana will continue its efforts in this vein until justice is done."

Earlier this year, gardai disclosed that they had carried out more than 5,600 individual inquiries, taken more than 2,500 witness statements and examined more than 20,000 hours of CCTV footage.

The Annual Garda Memorial Day for members of the force killed in the line of duty will take place at the Dubhlinn Gardens, Dublin Castle, at 11.30am today.

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