TEMPLEMORE Town Council this Monday condemned the murder of Garda Adrian Donohue in County Louth last Friday. Garda Donoghue was gunned down by armed robbers outside Lordship Credit Union at Bellurgan. A book of condolence has been opened in the local Garda station for those wishing to express their sympathy with the slain garda’s family and colleagues.
“On behalf of this council and the people of Templemore I send our deepest sympathies to the family of Garda Donoghue, who was brutally and callously shot down in the course of his duties,” said Mayor Michael C Ryan.
He also extended the council’s sympathies to the Gardai, the people of Dundalk and the Credit Union.
“Templemore has had a link with the Gardai since the Garda Training College opened in 1964 and it is important we express our sympathy with them,” he said.
The Mayor said that his counterpart in Dundalk would sign the book of condolence on the council’s behalf.
Cllr Mick Connell said it was “terribly sad” to know what Garda Donoghue’s family were going through.
And while he “didn’t want to take from the situation”, he said that while people were shocked there was “some sort of acceptance that is was a sign of the times”.
Cllr Jim O’Shea said there was an onus on the public to help the Gardai solve this tragic death, while Cllr Valerie Young said that Gardai now didn’t know what they faced when they dealt with from the “simplist break-in to robbery. There is very little value on life.”
Cllr Marcus Wilson said that of all the public sector employees, the Gardai were the “most vulnerable. Our heart goes out to the family. It is a sad thing that his young family will never get to know their father.”
Cllr Martin Fogarty said the Garda Training College was a “bad place to be in at the moment. The routine of going to a car at a checkppoint is now filled with fear.”
Cllr Lily O’Brien, Cllr Joe Bourke and Cllr Maura Byrne all asked to be associated with the remarks and the expression of sympathy.