Gardaí have 'all resources' to find detective's murderers
“It has shocked and horrified the entire community,” he said.
Parish priest Fr Paidraig Murphy, who was at the scene minutes after the shooting, has spent the weekend trying to comfort his widow Caroline — also a Garda officer — and two young children Amy and Niall.
He said: “Like anybody, how do you cope in a situation like that. They are gradually coming to terms with it. They have had great support from colleagues and the local community but, there is still a human element — there is a wife, Caroline who has lost her husband and children who have lost their father.”
In an online death notice the dedicated policing family said Det Garda Donohoe was a beloved husband and adored father who would be forever missed.
Fr Murphy said the whole community was stunned by the cold-blooded killing.
He added: “It is like a dark cloud has descended on our parish. People are genuinely shocked and bewildered. Because he had been here for the last number of years and his children attend the local school, I think, makes it all the more poignant. He was known as a local. He was a big man with a big heart.”
At St Patrick’s Gaelic Athletics Club in Lordship, where Adrian Donohoe helped coach seven-year-old footballers, a flag was flown at half mast. A book of condolence was also opened and dozens of friends, neighbours and sporting colleagues congregated inside to remember the popular police officer who died protecting their community.
Alan Duffy, St Pat’s chairman, said: “Adrian Donohoe was a hero and a role model. We are now having to teach children something that we never thought we would have to do — that evil has been visited upon our community.”
Mr Duffy described Det Garda Donohoe as the heart and soul of the GAA club and said his death had left a huge void.
A book of condolence has been opened at Dundalk garda station where the murdered officer was based. Former colleagues and members of the public have been attending the station with floral tributes and leaving messages of support for the Donohoe family.
Prayers were said at religious services in the area and across the country today.
The Dáil will this week debate a Fianna Fáil private members' motion calling on the Government to revisit the decision to close 100 Garda stations this week.
Justice spokesman Niall Collins ecalled on Miinister for Justice Alan Shatter to put aside his plan to close Garda stations, to cut resources and to force cuts to garda numbers
"This motion was scheduled last week ahead of the closure of 100 additional garda stations nationwide," Mr Collins said.
"The brutal murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in the line of duty on Friday night will bring added poignancy to this debate and will, I am confident, ensure that the debate take place in a respectful and considered way. It will also give representatives on all sides of the House an opportunity to express and vote solidarity with an Garda Síochána in a concrete and meaningful way."
Additional reporting: PA