Saturday 24 March 2018

Associates of suspect in Donohoe murder interviewed by gardai

Murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe
Murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe

The PSNI and gardai have interviewed associates of the chief suspect in the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.

It comes after the criminal's arrest over the weekend outside a Dublin jail.

The 26-year-old suspect, from Co Armagh, was detained by officers from the murder investigation team, based at Dundalk, outside Wheatfield Prison.

He is being held for questioning about the murder under Section 50 of the anti-gangland legislation, Criminal Justice Act 2007, and can be detained without charge for up to a week.

The criminal is a suspected member of the five-man murder gang, and gardai believe he may have pulled the trigger in the callous shooting.

Det Gda Donohoe was murdered outside a credit union premises at Lordship, Bellurgan, outside Dundalk, on January 25, 2013.

Gardai have made progress in the murder inquiry over the last number of days through a number of investigative strands.

Specialist officers from various garda national units have been brought in to review evidence gathered as part of the investigation.

Cross-Border interviews were also conducted over the weekend.

After the chief suspect's arrest at 7.15pm on Sunday, gardai began widening their enquiries into his background and sought the assistance of the PSNI to help with checks on the northern side of the Border.

Officers on both sides interviewed associates of the suspect as part of their enquiries yesterday.

His arrest has been described as significant and gardai are now hopeful of making further progress with their five-year investigation.


It has remained a top priority for the force and has involved dozens of officers from the Louth division and specialist units based in Dublin.

Last week, it emerged the FBI in the United States had intensified its investigation into two men suspected of involvement in the murder.

The two suspects, who are brothers, fled to the US and have been living among the Irish community in Boston since their involvement in the heroic garda's murder in 2013.

Gardai have been liaising with several international police agencies, including the PSNI and the FBI, as part of the investigation.

A substantial reward has been offered in the US for anyone who can give information to assist the investigation.

Senior gardai previously vowed they will go "to the ends of the Earth" to bring Det Gda Donohoe's killers to justice.

On the fifth anniversary of his murder last month, senior officers said the killers were being shielded by family and friends.

Chief Supt Christopher Mangan said those providing support to Det Gda Donohoe's killers "will never have peace" until they come forward with information about the murder.

"The persons involved in this murder have no doubt received logistical and emotional support from their families and friends," he added.

The two other members of the five-man murder gang are currently living freely in the North as the PSNI continue to liaise with gardai.

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