No mercy shown to slain Garda

Bray People - - THE NOTEBOOK -

THE KILLERS of De­tec­tive Garda Adrian Dono­hoe showed no mercy when they shot the fa­ther-of-two at close range. Se­nior of­fi­cers say the armed rob­bers, who gunned him down in cold blood with a shot­gun, were in­tent on mur­der­ing him as he ap­proached them at the Lord­ship Credit Union out­side Dun­dalk.

They then pointed the gun at his col­league and warned him they would shoot him if he moved from his car.

The gang, which car­ried on with the rob­bery as the de­tec­tive lay dy­ing, es­caped with €4,000.

The gar­dai and the PSNI have launched a mas­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mur­der and have pledged to do all they can to hunt down Garda Dono­hoe's killers.

But Jus­tice Min­is­ter Alan Shat­ter, while pledg­ing the full rigours of the law will be ap­plied in bring­ing them to jus­tice, has al­ready ruled out new laws to as­sist gar­dai in tack­ling crim­i­nals such as those who killed Garda Dono­hoe.

And Min­is­ter Shat­ter and his col­leagues in­sist there is no con­nec­tion be­tween what hap­pened in Dun­dalk and the cut in garda num­bers and the clo­sure of garda sta­tions, many in ru­ral ar­eas.

That may be so, but there is a per­cep­tion that this government is try­ing so hard to cut pub­lic spend­ing that it has lost the plot.

How you can de­clare that the clo­sure of 100 garda sta­tions will not af­fect polic­ing and how can you can of­fer mem­bers of the gar­dai sab­bat­i­cals to re­duce pub­lic sec­tor salary bills with­out cre­at­ing the im­pres­sion that fight­ing crime is not a num­ber one pri­or­ity?

The sim­ple an­swer is you can't and the crim­i­nals know it.

If you cre­ate a 'polic­ing vac­uum' those bent on crime will fill it.

A newly-pub­lished sur­vey adds to the feel­ing that most peo­ple in Ire­land are more con­cerned about se­ri­ous crime than they were a year ago.

In an AA In­surance poll of just over 9,000 peo­ple con­ducted ear­lier this month, 75% of re­spon­dents said they're more wor­ried of be­ing bur­gled now that they were twelve months ago. A sim­i­lar num­ber, 76%, also ex­pressed height­ened con­cerns that a friend or fam­ily mem­ber could be tar­geted.

Many re­spon­dents ex­pressed con­cerns about the re­duced pres­ence of gar­daí par­tic­u­larly in ru­ral ar­eas fol­low­ing the clo­sure of a num­ber of sta­tions and gen­eral cut­backs.

Only 7%, were in agreeance that the courts are deal­ing with per­pe­tra­tors in an ef­fec­tive man­ner.

Among the views ex­pressed on this topic specif­i­cally were a sense that sen­tences are of­ten too le­nient due to over­crowd­ing in Ir­ish prisons and that free le­gal aid should be with­drawn for re­peat of­fend­ers.

The killers of De­tec­tive Garda Adrian Dono­hoe need to be swiftly brought to jus­tice and a clear mes­sage needs to be sent out to the crim­i­nal fra­ter­nity that this will be tough jus­tice.

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