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Death of Garda Adrian Donohoe: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 790 No. 1

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(Speaker Continuing)

[The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny] Today we pay tribute to this good man who went out to work as normal on Friday but never came home. I assure everyone present, the members of his family and people throughout the country that we will do everything possible to bring those who murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe to justice. We cannot and will not rest until we have done so.

It is inescapable that the idea behind An Garda Síochána, the members of which protect the peace, is the antithesis of what inspired those who set out to commit robbery last Friday night. Ultimately, what they stole was a human life. In doing so, they also stole a family's happiness and its dreams. They stole the future the members of that family imagined living together and all that would have happened to them. Adrian Donohoe's murder was not just an attack on the Garda, it was also an attack on the people and society. It is equally an attack on what binds us as a people and a nation, that is, our empathy and compassion. The people have expressed their revulsion at this murder and rallied behind the Garda. I remember well the murders of Garda Henry Byrne and Garda John Morley in 1980 and Detective Garda Jerry McCabe in 1996. The country felt the same sense of revulsion then as it does now.

I assure the family of Adrian Donohoe and the people that those who committed this barbarous act of cowardice will face the full rigour of the law. The penalty for those found guilty of killing a member of An Garda Síochána is a minimum mandatory sentence of 40 years imprisonment on conviction, which the individuals who committed this crime will serve. The Garda Commissioner has made it clear that the force will use every resource available to apprehend these murderers. In its efforts in this regard, it has the full support of the Government, the entire House and the people.

It is important to acknowledge the service members of An Garda Síochána provide, on our behalf, every day. That service may often be taken for granted. Without the willingness and courage of gardaí to protect communities, violence and disorder would certainly prevail over the rights and well-being of law-abiding people. This was the service Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was providing for his community when his life was so cruelly taken away. The law and authority of the State must and will not be challenged by the manner in which Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was murdered. May he rest in peace. To his family, I extend our deepest sympathy. This is a loss from which they will never recover. Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar an anam cróga dílis.

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): Information on Eamon Gilmore Zoom on Eamon Gilmore I join the Taoiseach, on my own behalf and that of the Labour Party, in expressing shock and disgust at the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe on Friday evening last. I express our sympathy to his wife, Caroline, their two children and all the Donohoe family. I also express our solidarity with and support for Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe's colleagues in An Garda Síochána.

An Garda Síochána provides a public service which forms a cornerstone of our democracy and which allows all of us, as citizens and residents of this country, the freedom to live our lives, conduct our business and raise our families in safety. In providing that service members of an Garda Síochána put their own safety on the line on each occasion on which they leave their families behind, answer a call for help or step up to perform their duty. As the callous murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe so starkly underlines, the members of An Garda Síochána are not just the guardians of our community, they are also the pillars of our community. An attack on a member of An Garda Síochána is an attack on all of us, as citizens, on our society and the community the force serves.

I pay tribute to Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, a man who lived by the ideals of public service and service to his community, a member of a force who, through his actions, exemplified the philosophy that An Garda Síochána will succeed, not by force of arms or numbers but on its moral authority as the servant of the people. In the course of providing that service it was not only Adrian Donohoe who made the ultimate sacrifice but also his wife, Caroline, their two children and all his family. They have our deepest sympathy. I express our solidarity with and support for Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe's colleagues and all the other members of An Garda Síochána. I also express our gratitude and support for their continued work in the service of their communities. We must all be united in our determination to find those who perpetrated this crime. I know An Garda Síochána is determined to do so, but all of us, as citizens, must assist it in that work.

Ba mhaith liom mo chomhbhrón a dhéanamh le bean agus le clann Adrian Donohoe agus cúnamh a thabhairt dá chomhghleacaithe in san Gharda Síochána agus seasamh leo. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin Ar mo shon féin agus ar son mo pháirtí, ba mhaith liom comhbhrón a dhéanamh le clann Adrian Donohoe, lena bhean Caroline, lena mhac Niall agus lena iníon, Amy, de dheascadh an dúnmharaithe uafásach a tharla Dé hAoine seo caite. Tá sé do-chreidte go bhfuil daoine fós sa tír seo atá sásta dúnmharú den tsaghas seo a dhéanamh. Táimid go léir feargach agus tá muintir na tíre ar buile. Déanaimid go léir comhbhrón leis na gardaí uilig ar fud na tíre. Beimid i gcónaí buíoch dóibh as ucht na seirbhíse a thugann siad dúinn lá i ndiaidh lae.

The brutal act of violence perpetrated in Lordship, County Louth on Friday night was a bleak moment for the entire nation. In homes all across the country ordinary people were deeply shocked by the news of the cold blooded slaying of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe as he stood in the line of service for his country. The State has suffered a direct attack, An Garda Síochána has endured the loss of a dear colleague but, more profoundly, the family of Adrian Donohoe have lost a loving husband, a father, a brother and a son. We can never forget the human cost of this savage act of violence. The central role of An Garda Síochána runs deep in the family of Adrian Donohoe. I can only begin to imagine the pain of the loss his parents, brothers and sisters have so cruelly suffered. I offer my most sincere condolences to his wife, Caroline, who shared with Adrian not just a loving relationship but also the commitment to public service in the face of ever-present danger that underpins the work of An Garda Síochána.

There is something truly harrowing about young children being robbed of their father at such a fragile age and what is even more saddening is the violent circumstances in which he was taken. This is a loss that will strike at the heart of all families throughout the country.

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