Statement of Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams TD, on the murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe in the Dáil
Speaking in the Dáil this evening during statements on the murder of Det Garda Adrian Donohoe, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said:
“Ba mhaith liom mo comhbhrón ó chroí a thabhairt do cairde, teaghlaigh, agus do comhghleacaithe Bleachtaire Adrian Donohoe.
“I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.
“On my own behalf and on behalf of Sinn Féin I want to express especially our solidarity and sincerest condolences to Adrian’s wife Caroline and his children Amy and Niall.
“This killing has shocked the entire community, especially in the very closely knit Cooley area in County Louth and in South Armagh.
“I didn’t know Adrian Donohoe personally but I know many people who did.
He was a valued and widely-respected member of our local community and there is a deep sense of shock and loss.
“The death of Garda Donohoe has also provoked memories of the killing of Garda Jerry McCabe and the wounding of Garda Ben O Sullivan in June 1996.
“I want to apologise to Mrs McCabe and the McCabe family, and to Garda Ben O Sullivan and to the families of other members of the state forces who were killed by republicans in the course of the conflict
“I am very sorry for the pain and loss inflicted on those families. No words of mine can remove that hurt. Dreadful events cannot be undone.
“But I want to restate that the resolve of Sinn Féin and of the majority of Irish people is to ensure that there is never ever a recurrence of conflict.
“Members of An Garda Siochána do a dangerous job. They take risks for all of us. Adrian Donohoe showed great courage when he confronted armed criminals at Lordship. He died in defence of other citizens.
“I want to appeal to anybody with any information about this crime to co-operate with the Gardaí or the PSNI.
“I hope that those responsible are speedily brought to justice.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Adrian Donohoe’s family and colleagues at this very difficult time.
“Ar dheis dé go raibh anam