SINN Fein leader Gerry Adams has apologised to the family of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe, who was shot and killed by republicans in Adare in 1996.
As the DÃ¡il paid tribute to Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe and expressed sympathy to his family and colleagues, Mr Adams also apologised to Detective Garda McCabeâ€™s colleague Ben Oâ€™Sullivan who was injured in the same attack.
Mr Adams said he said he very sorry for the pain and loss inflicted.
â€œThe death of Garda Donohoe has also provoked memories of the killing of Garda Jerry McCabe and the wounding of Garda Ben Oâ€™Sullivan in June 1996. I want to apologise to Mrs McCabe and the McCabe family and to Garda Ben Oâ€™Sullivan and to the families of other members of the State forces who were killed by republicans in the course of the conflict,â€ he told the Dail this afternoon.
Mr Adams added: â€œI am very sorry for the pain and loss inflicted on those families. No words of mine can remove that hurt and dreadful deeds cannot be undone but I want to restate that the resolve of Sinn FÃ©in and the majority of Irish people is to ensure that there is never ever a recurrence of conflict.â€
Todayâ€™s statement by Gerry Adams is the first time he has apologised for the atrocity. In 2003, he described the murder as â€œreprehensibleâ€ - but refused to apologise.
For full report and reaction see this weekendâ€™s Limerick Leader broadsheet editions