Former Louth TD Gerry Adams has offered any information he has received into the murders of Garda Adrian Donohoe or Garda Tony Golden to An Garda Siochana, a spokesperson for the ex-Sinn Féin President has said.
The spokesperson refuted suggestions made in national newspapers on Tuesday morning that Sinn Féin members were required to get permission from party hierarchy before speaking to Gardai or offering witness statements to incidents of criminality.
The Irish Times reported that a key witness in the case against Aaron Brady, who was last week found guilty of Detective Garda Donohoe’s murder, would not make a statement to Gardai about the investigation before to spoke to senior members of the party.
The paper reported that the witness in question approached then Deputy Adams before making a statement to the Gardai. The statement was the first major breakthrough for officers investigating Detective Garda Donohoe’s murder at Lordship Credit Union in 2013.
In a statement released on Tuesday evening, a spokesperson for Mr Adams said that met with senior Garda officers and offered any information available to him up to the investigators in both cases.
“Gerry Adams was the TD for Louth when Garda Adrian Donohoe was murdered and when Garda Tony Golden was murdered. In both of these instances, and on other occasions in which acts of criminality occurred locally, Gerry Adams publicly called on anyone with information to bring that forward to An Garda Síochána.
“He and other local Sinn Féin representatives met regularly with senior Garda officers on all these matters, including the investigations into the killings of the two Gardaí. Any information available from the community to Sinn Féin representatives was given to An Garda Síochána.
“This significantly helped progress the investigation, which led to the recent successful prosecution.”
“Sinn Féin fully supports the ongoing efforts of the Gardaí to bring before the courts anyone else involved in the murder of Garda Donohue. We repeat our call for anyone with information to bring that information to An Garda Síochána.
However, the spokesperson described as ‘nonsense’ the notion that party members needed permission to speak to Garda officers whilst also refuting the reports that the witness was in fact a Sinn Féin member.
“It is nonsense to claim that Sinn Féin members need the party’s permission to co-operate with An Garda Síochána. Such co-operation is part of the ongoing work of all our representatives and members,” the statement read.
“When information came into his (Mr Adams) possession in respect of the murder of Garda Tony Golden in October 2015, Mr Adams provided An Garda Síochána, An Taoiseach, and the Minister for Justice with that information.
“He is not satisfied with how that tragic case was dealt with, and has made a complaint to GSOC which is part of an ongoing investigation. In conclusion, Sinn Féin has also checked our records. Contrary to media reports, there is no record of the witness in the Adrian Donohue investigation being a member of the party.
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The witness had first contacted Dundalk-Carlingford Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters, telling him he had information about the murder of Detective Garda Donohoe. Cllr Watters put him in touch with Detective Inspector Pat Marry, now retired.
The witness told Det Insp Marry that, as he was a Sinn Féin member, he was ‘not sure where he stood’ about making an official statement to Gardai.