Garda shot dead in Co Louth robbery

Published Friday, 25 January 2013
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A police officer, who was shot dead outside a credit union during a botched robbery near Dundalk in Co Louth, has been named by Gardaí.

Garda shot dead in Co Louth robbery
Checkpoint near the scene where Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead (© PA)

Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, who was attached to the Detective Unit in Dundalk, died after sustaining fatal gunshot wounds at the Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Jenkinstown at around 9.30pm on Friday.

The officer, who was in his 40s, was escorting a cash delivery to the premises on the Cooley Road with a colleague, who was left traumatised but unhurt after the shooting.

Several shots were fired by the gang of robbers, who were waiting outside, when the detective approached them.

It is believed Gardaí are now hunting four men in a grey Volkswagen Passat which fled the scene.

The area has been sealed off.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said: "I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of my colleague Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe."

Detective Garda Donohoe died as a result of injuries sustained in the course of his duty following a shooting incident in Dundalk.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan

"At this time my thoughts and prayers and those of the entire force are with the family, friends and close colleagues of Adrian."

Local Sinn Féin Councillor Jim Loughran said he knew the detective and described him as a quiet, decent family man.

"I just spoke to him last week on the street in town. I can't believe this has happened," Mr Loughran said.

He condemned the shooting as an "attack on the whole community".

"This was not just an attack on a Garda detective, it was an attack on the whole community," he said.

The officer was a member of local GAA club St Patrick's.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said: "I am shocked at this crime.

"I extend my deepest sympathies to his family and colleagues and appeal to those with information about this crime to co-operate with the Gardaí," the TD for Louth added.

The PSNI have been informed of the incident, which happened just miles from the border.

There are no further details at this stage.

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5 Comments
David in Belfast wrote (606 days ago):
Tragic news, a man out protecting the community. It is also alarming how these criminals are targeting credit unions at the weekend where the majority of the workers in the smaller rural credit unions are volunteers, just before Christmas the Forkhill credit union was robbed at gun point twice in the space of a week, PSNI and Gardai need to be further supported in their role of protecting the community they serve
Marty in Singapore wrote (606 days ago):
My thoughts and prayers are with Garda Donohoe and his family. The people who committed this crime haven't an Irish bone in there body. Our once strict laws for the murder of a garda should be revived... At the very least natural life with the knowledge you will leave prison in a box are a must.
Josh Blonde in Dublin wrote (606 days ago):
Im tired of gun violence in the republic, people act like its not even there yet its worse than the entire UK. #Laughable. RIP to this Garda, i suddenly know how it feels to have this done to my own community rather than vice versa with the PSNI. God help this little island
Rory in Antrim wrote (606 days ago):
This article is disturbing
eamonn in Belfast wrote (606 days ago):
Really sorry to hear this news. My thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of this Detective. I hope the police both North and South catch these criminals and bring them to justice!
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