Sunday 18 August 2019

Force vows to track Garda's killers down and bring them home to finally face justice

Det Garda Adrian Donohoe. Pic: Ciara Wilkinson
Det Garda Adrian Donohoe. Pic: Ciara Wilkinson

Gardai investigating the callous murder of Det Gda Adrian Donohoe four years ago are liaising with authorities in the United States and the UK in order to catch his killers.

The 41-year-old father-of-two was shot dead in the line of duty during an armed robbery at Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, near Dundalk, Co Louth, on the morning of January 25, 2013.

No one has ever been brought to justice in relation to the incident and the gang of five involved in the attack escaped with just €4,000.

On the fourth anniversary of Det Gda Donohoe's murder, senior gardai made a fresh appeal for anyone with information to contact them.

Assistant Garda Commissioner Michael Finn said: "Over the last four years, investigating officers have carried over 5,600 individual enquiries, taken over 2,500 witness statements and examined in excess of 20,000 hours of CCTV footage."

Chief Supt Sean Ward and Garda Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn making an appeal. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Chief Supt Sean Ward and Garda Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn making an appeal. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins


At least one of the men suspected of involvement in the murder is living in the US. The man, who is in his 20s, is suspected of pulling the trigger.

Another criminal that gardai believe is a key member of a five-man gang is regularly spotted by officers and is living close to where the hero officer was shot dead.

The suspect has spent most of his time living in Co Louth since the shocking 2013 murder, but gardai are powerless to arrest him because they do not have enough evidence.

Chief Supt Sean Ward of Dundalk Garda Station said An Garda Siochana was working with police forces in the US and UK as part of the murder investigation.

"We are engaged and working closely with police forces in the United States, in Europe and with colleagues in the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and, as I said at the outset, our objective is that no stone will be left unturned in terms of bringing those responsible to justice," he said.

"I don't want to talk about the operational aspect but wherever they [the killers] are, we will find them, we will track them down and we will bring them back here."

Those involved in the murder are from Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, and its surrounding areas on the border with Co Louth.

The suspected shooter is understood to be now based in Boston after being rejected by other criminals when he relocated to New York following the shocking crime.

His girlfriend has provided him with an alibi for the night that Det Gda Donohoe was murdered.

It is understood that the Criminal Assets Bureau has investigated the gang involved in the crime but was unable to identify any major assets linked to the mob.


Yesterday Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan said the investigating team at Dundalk Garda Station had done "incredible work" and that this would continue.

"We cannot do this alone, we still need the public's help. Even the smallest piece of information could be vital."

Anyone with information in relation to the murder of Det Gda Donohoe should call the incident room at Dundalk Garda Station on 042 9388470 or the Garda Confidential Number on 1800 666 111.

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