€50k reward offered to anyone with information on detective’s killers

The Irish League of Credit Unions is offering a €50,000 reward for anyone supplying information which leads to arrests in the hunt for the killers of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, who will be laid to rest in a full State funeral today.

It also emerged that Det Garda Donohoe had been scheduled to appear on last night’s episode of RTÉ’s Crimecall.

Gardaí last night asked anyone who saw a navy 08D Volkswagen Passat near Dundalk last week to contact them. The Passat — found burnt out in woods near Keady in south Armagh — was stolen in Clogherhead, Co Louth, last Tuesday night, Jan 22.

A Garda spokesman said: “We are asking people to examine their conscience and to come forward with any information that they may have. There may be particular people whose behaviour may have changed since last Friday night.”

Det Garda Donohoe, aged 41, from Co Cavan, was one of two gardaí on escort duty when the raiders struck at 9.30pm last Friday at the Lordship Credit Union, near Dundalk.

Flowers were yesterday laid by his family at the spot where Det Garda Donohoe was killed.

The father-of-two will receive a full State funeral today, which Taoiseach Enda Kenny will attend.

More than 100 gardaí are part of the hunt for Det Garda Donohoe’s killers and Justice Minister Alan Shatter has expressed confidence that those responsible for the murder will be found.

In the Dáil yesterday, Mr Shatter said “huge resources” were being provided for the investigation. Of the killers, he said: “I do not believe that it is appropriate for me to speculate publicly about that but I can say one thing with certainty: Whatever their background, it was a cold-blooded gang who deliberately took the life of a member of An Garda Síochána.”

The GAA community in Cavan paid tribute to Det Garda Donohoe. Before he left his native Kilnaleck to take up his career as a garda, Adrian had been a star of his local Crosserlough GAA club. He also played for his county at minor and U21 level.

Meanwhile, former republican sources in the Dundalk area have agreed with the Garda theory that the gang behind the murder are a criminal network originally from Dublin but who, in recent years, have based themselves in the North.

A former dissident republican said: “This crowd have been operating around that area of south Down-south Armagh for a number of years and are well known to us and if we know of them then it follows suit that the PSNI and the gardaí will know of them.”

Elsewhere, gardaí in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, are investigating an armed robbery at the town’s parochial house on Monday night.

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