Cross-border hunt for Dundalk Garda killers

January 28, 2013

Police on both sides of the border are hunting a four-man gang who shot and killed a Garda during the robbery of a Credit Union near Dundalk.

The incident occurred around 9.30pm on Friday when Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe and a colleague were due to escort staff with the takings from the Lordship Credit Union at Jenkinstown to a Dundalk bank.

At close of business, the gang approached staff carrying the cash.  When confronted by Garda Donohoe, who was waiting nearby, one of the robbers opened fire, fatally wounding him,.

The gang then escaped with around 4,000Euro  in a dark-coloured Volkswagen Passat.

His colleague was uninjured but “severely traumatised” by the attack.

Garda Donohoe (41) lived locally with his wife – who is also a member of An Garda Siochana – and two young children and was based in Dundalk Garda Station.

In a statement, the First and Deputy First Ministers, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, condemned the murder and offered sympathy to the victim’s family, friends and collegues.

“Those who perpetrated such a cowardly attack cannot be allowed to escape justice. Those who would terrorise communities must not be able to evade justice.

“We must all work together on both sides of the border to make sure they are caught for this murderous deed.  Anyone with any information should pass it to the PSNI or the Garda immediately,” the statement read.

President Michael D Higgins expressed his deep shock at the murder and described the killing as “a dreadful crime” saying all Irish people “will be truly appalled by it”.

The Republic’s Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said Gardaí will spare no effort in ensuring that those responsible are brought to justice.

“The Irish people rightly have great respect and admiration for members of An Garda Síochána and the work they do in protecting the community. They will share my revulsion and horror that a Garda has so tragically lost his life in the course of his duties,” he said.

The area around the shooting remained sealed off on Sunday for forensic examination.  Gardai and the PSNI have appealed for anyone who was in the area at the time or who has any  information on the crime, to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042 938840 or 1800 666111.

Late on Sunday evening it emerged that a burnt-out car was discovered in the south Armagh area and Gardai are investigating if it is linked to the murder.  No further information on the car or its whereabouts was made available.