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Gardaí issue further appeal over detective's killing

A burned-out car discovered in south Armagh yesterday is undergoing a technical examination as over 100 gardaí investigate the shooting dead of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe last Friday.

Gardaí conducting searches of the scene near Lordship Credit Union on Saturday
Gardaí conducting searches of the scene near Lordship Credit Union on Saturday
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images

THE GARDAÍ HAVE acknowledged the “huge amount of support” they have received in the aftermath of the shooting dead of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe last Friday.

A further appeal has also been issued for information about the shooting with details of a burned-out car located in south Armagh yesterday released.

The car is currently undergoing a technical examination but it is not yet known if it was involved in the crime.

Donohoe was shot dead by armed robbers at the Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Jenkinstown near Dundalk in Co Louth on Friday night at around 9.30pm.

So far no arrests have been made and the investigation continues.

Over 100 gardaí are now working on the case with specialist national and regional units involved.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is also assisting in the inquiry and gardaí have issued a specific appeal to anyone who:

  • Observed suspicious activity in the vicinity of Lordship Credit Union between 6.30pm and 9.30pm last Friday, 29 January.
  • Saw a dark coloured car leaving the scene of the shooting that was driving in an erratic manner and heading towards Ravensdale roundabout in the general direction of Dundalk, close to the M1 motorway.
  • Who saw a Volkswagen Passat which was located burned-out on the Keady to Newtownhamilton Road in Co Armagh yesterday morning.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the incident room in Dundalk Garda Station on 042-9388400, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

The PSNI can also be contacted on 048 9065 0222 in the Republic of Ireland or 0845 600 8000 from Northern Ireland.

A statement from the Garda Press Office said: “An Garda Síochána would like to acknowledge the huge amount of public support we have received since the tragic event.

“This support means a great deal to the family, friends and colleagues of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe and is a source of great comfort at this difficult time.”

A local signs a book of condolences at St Patrick’s GFC , Donohoe’s local gaelic football club in Louth. (Pic: Julien Behal/PA Wire/Press Association Images).

Read: Det Garda Adrian Donohoe to be laid to rest on Wednesday

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