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Investigation into garda detective killing continues

Gardaí have confirmed that there have been no arrests at this stage as the investigation into the shooting dead of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe continues.

Detective Garda Adrian Donohue
Detective Garda Adrian Donohue
Image: Garda Press Office

THE INVESTIGATION INTO to the killing of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in Louth on Friday night is continuing today with a reported 100 gardaí assigned to the case.

The 41-year-old father-of-two was shot dead at the Lordship Credit Union at Bellurgan in Jenkinstown, north of Dundalk at around 9.30pm on Friday night.

Donohoe and his partner, named as Detective Garda Joe Ryan, were on their usual cash escort at the credit union office when Donohoe approached four men in a car and was shot in the head by one of them.

The armed raiders fled the scene with what is widely reported as being €4,000 in cash and headed in the direction of Dundalk. Ryan was not injured in the incident but is said to be extremely traumatised by the event.

A garda spokesperson confirmed this morning that the investigation into the incident is ongoing and there have been no arrests related to the shooting at this stage.


Gardaí say want to speak to anyone in the Bellurgan, Jenkinstown, Dundalk area between 6pm and 9:30pm on Friday night as well as anyone who may have seen a dark-coloured saloon car driving towards Dundalk – or possibly the M1 – during the assailants’ getaway.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room at Dundalk Garda Station at 042 938 8470, the Garda Confidential line at  1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

“This is a cry for help for An Garda Síochána and for wider society – and indeed society needs to make some choices here,” Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan told a press briefing at Dundalk Garda Station, where Donohue was based, yesterday.

A book of condolences has been opened at St Patrick’s GFC Club in Lordship, where Donohue lived with his family, and will be available to sign from 11am this morning.

“RIP Big A. Thanks for all you have done for our community. x,” a message posted on the St Patrick’s GFC Facebook page said this morning.

Separately nearly 40,000 people have ‘Liked’ a Facebook page paying tribute to the late detective.

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