Cavan Fianna Fáil Deputy Brendan Smith has extended his deepest sympathies to the family of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.

“Garda Donohoe was very well known and hugely respected in his hometown of Kilnaleck, Co Cavan as well as in Dundalk were he was stationed,” said Deputy Smith.

“This was the cold blooded murder of a man who put himself on the line to protect his community.  Not since the murder of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe have we had such a shocking reminder of the risks that gardaí take every day in keeping our streets safe.  Garda Donohue’s loss has deeply affected all of us, not just the communities in Cavan and Louth who knew him, but also the nation as a whole.

“This appalling attack must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. The gardaí must be given every resource possible to ensure that the thugs responsible are brought to justice.

“I want to extend my deepest sympathies to the Donohue family.  My thoughts are also with Garda Donohoe’s colleagues and all members of An Garda Síochána at the extremely difficult time.”