Murdered Garda’s family receive medal

May 20, 2013

The family of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, who was murdered during a Credit Union robbery in January this year, have received a special medal in his honour.

The garda officer was shot dead during the robbery at Lordship Credit Union, County Louth, and it is believed his killers fled across the border to Northern Ireland following the murder. The getaway car used by the robbery gang was found burnt out in a forest near Keady, County Armagh, days after the murder.

A cross border police operation involving Gardai and the PSNI is continuing, with extensive searches already carried out both north and south of the border and a number of appeals for information issued by police.

Garda O’Donohoe’s wife and two children were presented with the medal during a ceremony in Dublin Castle on Saturday as part of the annual Garda Memorial Day commemoration.

The 41year old officer, was the first member of the police force to be shot dead while on duty since 1996.  His murder was described by Irish police commissioner Martin Callinan as “still very raw in our memory and rests very heavy in our hearts”.

“It is at difficult times such as this that we experience the true meaning of the extended police family through the unending support and overwhelming solidarity offered,” he said.