LAOIS people sreamed into Portlaoise Garda Station to sign the book of condolence for murdered Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.
Among local people signing the book were members of Post 27 Portlaoise Irish United Nations Veterans Association.
While, at this week’s meeting of Laois County Council a vote of sympathy was extended to the late Detective’s family, and to the wider Garda family. Cathaoirleach Paul Mitchell said he had signed the book of condeolence, along with the County Manager on behalf of the council.
Laois Offaly’s Chief Superintendent, John Scanlan said he was grateful to all those who had taken the time to sign the book of condolence over the last few days.
“We are very grateful to all those who took the time to sign the book of condolences, it will be communicated back to Detective Donohoe’s family.
“Humbled is the only word I can find to describe it. It’s been a great boost to the members in the station here, to see the level of support from the general public.”
The Chief Supt attended the funeral in St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church in Dundalk, last week, along with many of his colleagues from Laois.
“Most people who were not required to work attended the funeral and other people worked extra hours to cover those who went.
“Fortunately a lot of members had never seen such an event before and I hope they never see it again. I thought I had seen the last of it, but unfortuantely not.”
Chief Super Scanlan said the country was standing up in reaction to the tragic event.
“Ninety nine per cent of people are decent people who support law and order, they are the silent majority who resurrect when challenged and people around the country have shown their repulsion at what happened to Det Donohoe,” he said.