LIMERICK gardai have offered to help out on their own time with the massive investigation into the shocking killing of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in Dundalk.
This comes as tragic links to the slain garda have emerged in Limerick, with his wife and fellow garda Caroline having trained in Roxboro Road over 16 years ago, while her twin brother Derek Deloughery is a sergeant stationed in Henry Street.
The father of two was shot after disturbing a robbery at a credit union in Dundalk on Friday night and the murder has rekindled the pain that â€œis still thereâ€ from Jerry McCabeâ€™s 1996 murder, according to Limerickâ€™s most senior garda Chief Superintendent David Sheahan.
Chief Supt. Sheahan said there was a â€œvery deep sense of shockâ€ when the news came through of the horrific incident.
â€œThe last tragic killing of a garda was a member from Henry Street and that pain is still there,â€ said Chief Supt. Sheahan, confirming that gardai in Limerick had volunteered to spend off-duty time aiding the investigation in Louth.
â€œYes, there was an element of that and I think that is the sheer shock of what happened and they deserve a chance around that,â€ he said, adding that he felt the offers were â€œan effort to show solidarity with the trauma of what happenedâ€.
The Chief Supt. said he wanted to express his sympathy to Detective Donohoeâ€™s family and said the news had â€œreally hit the gardai family hardâ€ and caused â€œheartacheâ€.
â€œCertainly I would express my sympathy and it is ironic that there should be such a close link between Henry Street again and the death of Garda Donohoe in Dundalk. There was a very deep sense of shock when the news came in. We all remember where we were when these things happen and I will know where I was on Friday night when the news came through. It is certainly like it is back in Jerry McCabeâ€™s time again.â€
Caroline Donohoe - nee Deloughery - is originally from Kilkee and trained in Limerick while on probation. The couple were married in Kilkee nearly a decade ago and Carolineâ€™s parents have lived there all of their married life, while her brother Kieran Deloughery is a decorated member of the Marine Search and Rescue Service in the seaside town in Co Clare.
Jerry McCabeâ€™s widow Ann has also expressed her shock at the killing in Dundalk.
â€œWe all thought those dark days were left behind. Seventeen years later and to see that we are looking down the road at this again - it is just unbelievable,â€ she said. â€œGod love that poor family - a young family with children. I can just imagine (what they are going through), it brings it all up again. They will have some long days ahead of them but they can rely on the support of An Garda Siochana and the wonderful support of the public.â€
Detective McCabeâ€™s colleague Ben Oâ€™Sullivan, who was wounded in the IRA gang attack in Adare, was at a meeting of retired garda officers in the Strand Hotel on Friday night when news came through of the shooting in Dundalk. Pat Kearney, Jerry McCabeâ€™s brother in law, was with Mr Oâ€™Sullivan when news of the murder of Garda Donohoe filtered through.
â€œWe were absolutely all shocked when the phone call came in of what happened in Louth. All of Jerryâ€™s friends were there - everyone there worked with him and investigated his murder. Ben Oâ€™Sullivan was with me and the phone call came in and it was dreadful, absolutely dreadful. Ben is still strong and healthy and positive about getting on with life, but everyone was so upset when we heard of what happened that poor detective,â€ Mr Kearney said.