Garda chief warns Donohoe killers of ‘knock on the door’

Inquiry on gun murder during robbery in Louth last year progressing well, says Callinan

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has said there were people in the community North and South of the Border who had key information on the killing of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe (above) and who need not fear stepping forward to help bring the killers to justice. Photograph: PA

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has said there were people in the community North and South of the Border who had key information on the killing of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe (above) and who need not fear stepping forward to help bring the killers to justice. Photograph: PA

Fri, Jan 24, 2014, 17:55

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has warned the men who killed Det Garda Adrian Donohoe exactly 12 months ago that they would be “getting a knock on their door” and needed to continue to “look over their shoulder”.

The investigation into the gun murder during a Credit Union robbery in north Louth last year was progressing well, and gardaí would continue until they brought the matter to a conclusion - whether it took “a week or a year”.

Speaking to the media at Dundalk Garda station this evening on the eve of the first anniversary of the killing, Mr Callinan said there were people in the community North and South of the Border who had key information and who need not fear stepping forward to help bring the killers to justice.

“What we are clearly saying is, ‘Come forward and help us, we will make sure no harm comes to you’,” he said.

“We have a proven track record in these kind of sensitive inquiries. We will leave no stone unturned in terms of protecting them. We will look after them and we will do that very forcibly.”

Anybody threatening people who had information would be “dealt with very severely”.

He urged those involved in the crime who were at the scene, or others who helped prepare the robbery, to come forward voluntarily while they still had a chance.

“Now is the time, before we come knocking on the door. I say to the people involved in this crime, ‘Keep looking over your shoulder’.”

He said people close to the suspects knew what they did on the night of the killing and in the aftermath of the murder. They had a choice to make about what kind of society they wanted to live in.

“These are the people who are shielding the murderers and to whom I am making a heartfelt plea to come forward and help us, so we can progress the investigation faster.”

He was reluctant to put a timeline on when arrests may occur or when suspects may be charged, and also declined to say what jurisdictions the suspects were currently in. However, the force was “keeping a close eye on the target”.

“We believe we know the identities of the people who carried out this crime,” he said.

Mr Callinan said his thoughts and those of his colleagues were with Det Garda Donohoe’s widow Caroline, herself a member of the force based in Dundalk station, as well as with her young son and daughter, and the extended families.

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