NENAGH Garda superintendent Bob Noonan has thanked local representatives and the public for their support following the murder of Det Garda Adrian Donoghue in Louth earlier this month.
Following expressions of sympathy at this week’s Nenagh JPC meeting, Supt Noonan said: “I want to thank you for your kind remarks. It was heartening to see that over 1,000 people signed the book of condolences in Nenagh Garda station. It was a great indication of the level of sympathy and sense of outrage.”
Earlier, Cllr Hughie McGrath said the killing had “sent shock throughout the country”. He said Garda Donoghue had been gunned down in the line of duty.
“You have our deep sympathy. You are the frontline between law and order and anarchy,” said the Independent councillor.
Community representative on the committee Eamonn Dillon declared: “It was a crime that shocked the nation. There is no use pussyfooting. We, as a nation,, need to stand up against this evil.”
Fellow community representative Martin Langton said he couldn’t understand how gardai “put their lives at risk for the measly sum they receive in their wages. They are on the frontline all the time, whether it’s at an accident or a murder.”
He could not understand how, under the proposed Garda re-organisation, they could be expected to police “from Portumna bridge to Ballina bridge”.
Mr Langton said people were afraid and urged that a letter be sent to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter regarding the proposed Garda changes.
Cllr Virginia O’Dowd, Labour, described a garda’s job as “unique” and said that Garda Donoghue’s murder was “the pits. I believe it was drug driven.”
She hoped the killing would not colour anybody’s decision to join the Gardai.
Mayor Lalor McGee, Labour, said that “thankfuly what happened was a rare occurance”, while Cllr Tommy Morgan, Fianna Fail, said it was “despicable to shoot Garda Donoghue in cold blood”.
Nenagh town manager Marcus O’Connor offered the executive’s sympathy on the “pointless loss of the life of your colleague”.