Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe posthumously awarded highest Garda award for bravery

Adrian Donohoe was shot dead by a gang of five men during an armed robbery at Lordship Credit Union in Co Louth

Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe posthumously awarded highest Garda award for bravery

Caroline Donohoe, widow of the late Det Gda Adrian, receives gold Scott Medal on his behalf. Image: Richard Chambers

Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe - who was shot dead in the line of duty in Co Louth in 2013 - has been posthumously awarded the highest Garda award for bravery, the gold Scott Medal.

12 other gardaí were also honoured - including Adrian Donohoe’s partner Joseph Ryan, who was held at gunpoint.

Detective Garda Donohoe was the 87th Garda to lose his life in the line of duty when he was shot dead during an armed robbery at Lordship Credit Union in 2013.

Today his widow Caroline - and their two young children, Amy and Niall - accepted the gold Scott Medal on his behalf.

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald says no words will ever bring comfort to the Donohoe family - but the State is thankful for his bravery.

"Adrian Donohoe typified the values that characterise what is best about An Garda Síochana," she said at today's ceremony. "Unstinting commitment to family, to community and to country."

To date, none of the gang of five behind the murder have ever been charged.

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan says they will face justice, and defended the progress of the investigation into the murder.

"It is absolutely our determination that the people that murdered Adrian will be brought to justice," she said.