Murdered Garda remembered at candle-lit vigil

January 27, 2014

Hundreds gathered at the site in Bellurgan, Dundalk on Saturday evening to remember Garda Adrian Donohoe on the first anniversary of his murder.

The 42-year-old father-of-two was shot dead during a botched raid at Lordship Credit Union on 24th January last year.  His murder sparked a huge hunt for his killers that has taken detectives throughout Ireland, to America and Europe.

At a press conference to mark the anniversary, Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan warned the killers “Keep looking over your shoulder”.

He also warned anyone who is withholding information on the killers that “now is the time to come forward, before we start knocking on doors”.

Commissioner Callinan revealed that in the past 12 months the investigation team has taken over 2,100 statements, gathered 400,000 hours of CCTV footage, collected over 1,200 exhibits and carried out more than 30 searches under warrant.

Several of the main suspects in the five-man gang fled the country in the aftermath of the shocking murder, and the Garda Commissioner confirmed that officers  have travelled to several countries to gather intelligence and evidence, and he thanked the FBI, the PSNI and the Dutch police for their help in the investigation.

“We believe we know the identities of the people who carried out this crime,” he said, adding’ “we are keeping a very close eye on the target”.

Large crowds attended an anniversary mass for Garda Donohoe in the Redemptorist church in Dundalk on Friday evening, while candle-lit vigil in his memory was held at the spot in Bellurgan where he was murdered on Saturday.