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Man in court over robbery linked to murder of Garda

33-year-old suspect the second person charged over shooting of Adrian Donohoe


Brendan Treanor

Brendan Treanor

Brendan Treanor

A man has appeared in court charged in connection with a robbery in Co Louth in 2013 during which Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead.

Brendan Treanor (33), with an address at Emer Terrace, Castletown Road, Dundalk, Co Louth, appeared before Dundalk District Court yesterday.

Judge Eirinn McKiernan was told by Garda sergeant Noel Mohan that the accused was arrested at 9.43am on Wednesday and taken to Dundalk Garda Station, where he was charged.

The defendant made no reply when the charges were put to him after caution at Dundalk Garda Station.

The first charge is the robbery, on January 25, 2013, at Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Dundalk, of approximately €7,000 in cash and assorted cheques.

This alleged offence is contrary to Section 14 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.

Mr Donohoe (41) was shot dead while on an armed escort at the credit union.

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The second charge alleges that on dates between September 11, 2012, and January 23, 2013, Treanor conspired with others to enter residential premises as trespassers with the intention of stealing keys of the household’s motor vehicles, contrary to common law.

Mr Mohan said the application was that the accused be remanded in custody.

Judge McKiernan was told there would be a bail application made next week when the accused appears again before Dundalk District Court.

After an application for legal aid was made, Garda inspector Darren Kirwan asked that it be adjourned.

He said gardai were aware the accused may be the director of a company and were aware of social media posts relating to being in possession of €100,000 worth of property.

Judge McKiernan said she was reserving a decision on legal aid and asked that a statement of means be provided. She remanded the defendant in custody to Cloverhill Prison until another sitting of Dundalk District Court on July 21.

Treanor sat in silence during the brief hearing in a light blue polo shirt and blue jeans and wearing a disposable face mask.

He is the second person charged in relation to the major Garda investigation. Last August, Co Armagh man Aaron Brady (30) was convicted of the capital murder of Det Gda Adrian Donohoe and sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in jail.

A jury found the Crossmaglen man was the masked raider who fatally shot the detective at point-blank range. Brady has appealed the conviction.

Meanwhile, RTE reported that a second man had been arrested in London in connection with the armed robbery.

The suspect, who is in his 30s, was detained yesterday morning by officers from the UK National Crime Agency on foot of an extradition request from the Irish authorities.

Gardai are also continuing their investigations into the other suspects, including members of the robbery gang as well as those who provided them with logistical support.

They are liaising with international colleagues including the PSNI and agencies in the US.

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