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Hunt for Garda killers will go ‘to the end of the earth’

Marking the fifth anniversary of the murder of Garda Adrian Donohoe, the search for his killers will go “to the end of the earth”, senior Gardaí have pledged.

The father-of-two was shot dead during a botched robbery of Lordship Credit Union at Bellurgan in January 2013 as he arrived with a colleague to escort cash takings to be lodged in a bank nightsafe in nearby Dundalk.  Confronted by an armed gang, the 41-year-old was shot in the head at close range and died at the scene.  The suspects escaped with €4,000 in cash and a car believed to have been used in the ambush was found burnt out in a remote laneway between Keady and Newtownhamilton soon afterwards.

At a press conference in Dundalk Garda Station on Thursday last, Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan made a fresh appeal for information, stating the identities of those involved in the murder are known to police and vowed to track them down.  

“Some are in the country, some have left the country and have sought protection in other jurisdictions.  That doesn’t prevent us following them to the end of the earth and we certainly will,” he said.

“Five years ago Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe left his home to go to work to help protect and serve the community in Co Louth.  Just a few hours later many lives were left shattered and Adrian’s life was over. The murder left his family devastated and a community with an immeasurable loss.  There still exists a huge loss, sadness and grief.”

He thanked the people who had already provided “invaluable assistance” to the investigation and, in a direct appeal to the killers’ families and friends, he asked they “do the right thing” and come forward with information.

“The persons involved in this murder have no doubt received logistical and emotional support from their families and friends.  I am speaking to you in particular, the families and friends of these people. Your mind will never have peace until you tell the truth about what happened to Adrian.  It is never too late to do the right thing.  It is never too late to stand on the side of justice. Even the smallest piece of information could be vital,” he said, adding that any information provided will be “treated sensitively”.

Garda Donohoe’s murder investigation has involved the assistance of the PSNI, as well as law enforcement agencies in the US and Europe, Mr Mangan said.

 “The investigation has continued at pace, both locally and on an international basis.  We will never cease in our efforts to bring accountability to those who murdered Adrian. We will never cease investigating in order to solve Adrian’s murder.”

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation can contact detectives at Dundalk Garda Station on 0429 388470 or confidentially on 1800 666111.

Meanwhile, the Irish League of Credit Unions has offered a reward of €50,000 for information that leads to any arrest and prosecution in respect of the murder.