THE priest at the funeral of murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe has pleaded to anyone with information: “Please God, turn the killers in.”
And Fr Michael Cusack told mourners that more Gardai was needed on the ground to reassure the public.
He told the congregation that it is “so true than evil exists”, and said the killing is like “Satan laughing at us”.
“For God’s sake, turn these people in,” he asked those who knew the killers. “If not, you are allowing Satan to rule the lives of more and more people.
“He was a man of honour, who could do this?”
Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was shot dead on Friday night in Dundalk, Co Louth.
The 41-year-old father-of-two was blasted in the head with a shotgun.
The five-man gang’s getaway car, a stolen Volkswagen Passat estate, was found burned out on Sunday in Keady, south Armagh.
Detectives suspect a criminal gang with links to Newry and Warrenpoint, were behind the murder and robbery.
Fr Cusack also said members of the force “dance” with Satan on a regular basis.
The priest also criticised cuts to the the force and closure of garda stations.
Fr Michael Cusack said he came from a town in Co Galway where the station had closed and two elderly men had since had their “heads bashed in”.
He made the comments in front of a congregation including the Taoiseach, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, Justice Minister Alan Shatter and almost the entire Cabinet.
“When it comes to reflecting to the garda presence throughout the whole country, I think it’s a good time for there to be serious reflection by all in this country around the need for further policing,” he added.
“I think we need to look into the eyes of Caroline, look into the eyes of Adrian’s parents and allow what is best within us – our humanity – to recognise what evil can do when it’s allowed to flourish in a community. My parents are now living in a rural community in Galway that has no police service.
“It only ever had one guard but that one guard brought great security. Since he moved, two men in their 80s have had their heads bashed in, one left without hearing or taste for the rest of his life.
“I see it in the eyes of so many in that village that they go to bed at night in fear. Is that the way we need to treat our brothers and sisters in our care?”