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Hunt for our colleague's killer is top priority: Garda

By Paul Williams

Catching the killers of Garda Adrian Donohoe is still a "top priority" and the investigation is "very much alive", despite claims that it has been scaled down, senior Garda sources revealed last night.

Three dedicated teams of officers are involved in trawling through "a mountain of evidence", including CCTV and phone records.

Top-level sources revealed close associates of the gang involved in the officer's murder on January 25, 2013, have been convicted of other serious criminal offences.

"This investigation is still very much alive, but it is absolutely painstaking," a source said. "We know the identities of all the gang members and their supporters who were involved, but the fact that they are operating from across the border has been a difficulty for us.

"There has been no issue with resources in this investigation, and there will be no issue in the future. This investigation has now become a highly-specialised trawl for evidence."

Mr Donohoe was gunned down outside the credit union in the Co Louth village of Bellurgan while escorting staff on their way to lodge cash in the night safe in Dundalk.

The five-member gang - who have been involved in a string of armed robberies along the border - are all from the Crossmaglen area of Armagh.

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