‘Code of silence’ protecting Garda killers

January 6, 2014

A ‘code of silence’ is protecting the alleged killers of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, his Garda colleagues have claimed.

Despite hundreds of man-hours having been assigned to the investigation of the January 2013 murder, not a single witness, who could give vital or even circumstantial evidence, has come forward from north of the border.

Gardaí believe the killers are part of a gang based in south Armagh and that potential witnesses from the area have not come forward in fear of being branded an informant.

The wall of silence has been likened to that which police faced in the aftermath of the murder of Paul Quinn in October 2007.

Detectives travelled to Boston recently and made contact with two men alleged to have been involved in the murder, inviting them to attend an interview in a Boston police station, though the pair refused to comply.

Investigators have been in contact with the Director of Public Prosecutions office, attempting to establish the point at which they have a case based on available evidence to bring charges. Only at that point, sources say, will arrests be made and the suspects questioned.

It is believed considerable amounts of information were passed to the Gardaí and PSNI on a confidential basis in the early part of the investigation but no potential witness was prepared to come forward.