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Adrian Donohoe a role model and inspiration, Garda medal ceremony told

Published 22/09/2016

Adrian Donohoe's widow Caroline, centre, receives his Scott Medal for bravery from Garda chief Noirin O'Sullivan and Justice Minister Francis Fitzgerald
Adrian Donohoe's widow Caroline, centre, receives his Scott Medal for bravery from Garda chief Noirin O'Sullivan and Justice Minister Francis Fitzgerald

Murdered detective Adrian Donohoe has been remembered as a role model and inspiration as he was posthumously awarded the country's highest policing honour.

In a ceremony at the Garda College in Templemore, Co Tipperary, a Gold Scott Medal was bestowed on the late father-of-two for exceptional courage and bravery.

Mr Donohoe died after being shot as he confronted a gang holding up a small credit union near his home in Lordship, on the Cooley Peninsula in Co Louth, on January 25 2013.

Addressing the award ceremony, Tanaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said it was a difficult yet proud day for his widow Caroline and their two children, Amy and Niall, as well his friend and colleague Detective Garda Joseph Ryan.

Mr Ryan was awarded a Silver Scott Medal for his own bravery on the day of the shooting.

"I hope that it can always be of some small consolation to Adrian's family and friends to know the depth of the esteem and respect that Adrian's colleagues and his whole community held for him," said Ms Fitzgerald.

"That esteem and respect was shared also by the whole nation when they learned of his qualities and mourned his death."

Mr Donohoe is a role model to all members of the force and his memory an inspiration to everyone, she told the ceremony.

There were also three recipients of a Bronze Scott Medal: Sergeant Paul Johnstone, Garda Liam O'Leary and Garda Thomas Dalton.

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