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Tuesday 14 August 2018

FBI hopes reward will help bring suspects in garda murder to trial

Det Gda Adrian Donohoe
Det Gda Adrian Donohoe

THE FBI has stepped up its investigation into two men suspected of involvement in the murder of Det Gda Adrian Donohoe.

The move comes as the suspected triggerman is expected to walk free from prison in the coming days.

The two suspects, who are brothers, fled to the US after the murder five years ago and have been living among the Irish community in Boston since.

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

Federal agents and police in Boston have increased pressure on two of the five-man gang living in the area, and have offered a substantial reward for anyone who can provide information that would help in the Donohoe case.

Posters distributed by the FBI in recent weeks in north Boston state: "Investigators believe people living in Boston and the upper Norfolk County towns of Massachusetts may have information that can assist the investigation.

"A substantial reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest and convictions of the person(s) involved."

The FBI and US police have specifically appealed for information from the Irish community in the area.

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

The criminal suspected of killing Det Gda Donohoe will be released from a Dublin prison after being jailed for motoring offences.

The thug, aged in his 20s, was extradited from the US last year after having hidden out in New York and Boston.

Robbery

The other two criminals involved in the murder are currently living freely in the North, despite the intense multi- national investigation involving the PSNI.

Det Gda Donohoe, a father-of-two, was shot dead during an armed robbery at the Lordship Credit Union near Dundalk, Co Louth, on January 25, 2013.

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

Chief Supt Christopher Mangan said that 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," Chief Supt Mangan said.

Acting Garda Commissioner Donall O Cualain also paid tribute to the murdered officer during a public appeal last month.

"Adrian's ultimate sacrifice to protect others will never be forgotten by his loved ones, the wider garda family, the local community he served so well and the State. He is an enduring example to us all," he said.

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