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Donohoe murder suspect held in NY

Donohoe murder suspect held in NY

Gardaí have described as "a significant development" the arrest and detention in the United States of a suspect in the investigation into the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in Co Louth nearly four and a half years ago.

The man, who we can not name for legal reasons, was being watched by U.S. police officers.

The 25-year-old, who is originally from South Armagh, was detained by Immigration and Control Enforcement officials after he overstayed his visa.

It is believed that a former associate of the man, who is now living in Ireland, has been assisting gardai with their inquiries.

His arrest was first reported by the Irish Daily Star this morning. A number of people who would have previously not spoken up about the murder are now cooperating with the investigation.

"Adrian Donohoe was the very embodiment of dedication to the community he served".

Nobody has yet faced charges in connection with either the murder or robbery.

Det Gda Donohoe (41), a father-of-two, was shot dead in the line of duty during an armed robbery at the Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, near Dundalk, Co Louth, on the night of January 25, 2013.

His killers have never been brought to justice, although gardaí and foreign-based police departments know their identities.

No one has ever been brought to justice in relation to the incident and the gang of involved in the attack escaped the scene with just €4,000. They were monitoring the individual who was arrested last night whom is a Chief Suspect in the murder of Garda Donohoe.

Earlier this year, gardai disclosed that they had carried out more than 5,600 individual inquiries, taken more than 2,500 witness statements and examined more than 20,000 hours of CCTV footage.

He is now in custody "pending removal from the United States".