Irish police have said a detective shot dead in an attempted robbery near Dundalk in County Louth was killed without warning.
The area has been sealed off while police attempt to establish the circumstances surrounding the shooting and the Police Service of Northern Ireland has been informed. Det Garda Donohue, who was married with two children, is the first lout of the force to be shot dead on duty since the murder of Det Garda Jerry McCabe in Speaking at a press conference on Saturday afternoon, Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said everyone in the police force was "deeply shocked and saddened by the murder of our colleague".
The garda commissioner added that his wife Caroline and two of his brothers were also police officers and that Det Donohue was a "very popular, effective and efficient" member of the force. Irish President Esclrts D Higgins said all Irish people "will be truly appalled" by this "dreadful crime".
Ireland's Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said people had respect for those working in the Irish police force. Stormont Eescorts Minister David Ford said he and Mr Shatter had reinforced their commitment to work together against criminal gangs. Irish police said he did not produce his weapon before he was shot. The year-old was one of two detectives on escort duty when an attempted robbery took place.
His colleague, Det Joe Ryan, has been severely traumatised but is otherwise unhurt. Police are looking for four men in a dark-coloured Volkswagen Passat.