DUBLIN, Ire. (2/1/13)--The Irish League of Credit Unions is offering more than $67,613 (U.S. dollars) as a reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those who gunned down a detective outside Lordship CU in Bellurgan, Ire., during a robbery.
The league said it was inundated with calls from credit unions offering support to the credit union and the gardai, the term used for the local police (Independent Jan. 30 and Irish Times Jan 28).
Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, 41, a father of two, was shot in the head by five gang members who escaped in a stolen Volkswagen Passat.
He was one of two detectives on escort duty when the robbery occurred. His colleague, Detective Garda Joe Ryan was held at gunpoint while the gang stole more than $5,409. Donohoe was not supposed to be on duty that day and was substituting for a colleague (BBC News Jan. 30).
The gardai believe the gang had supporters aiding them and that they may be the same gang that robbed the credit union a year and a half ago. The gardai found the stolen getaway card across the border, where it had been set on fire.