The family of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, who was shot dead while on duty almost six years ago, has settled a legal action against the State for more than €1m.

The High Court judge dealing with garda compensation cases, approved a settlement of €1.3m in the legal action taken by Garda Donohoe's widow, Caroline Deloughrey, against the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. 

Det Garda Donohoe was on armed escort duty with a colleague at Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Co Louth on 25 January 2013 when he was shot dead.

He was posthumously awarded a Scott Medal for bravery.

Ms Deloughrey, who was herself a garda but retired after the death of her husband, took the action on her own behalf and on behalf of their son and daughter, aged 11 and 12.

Mr Justice Michael Twomey was told it had been agreed by lawyers for the family that Ms Deloughrey would receive €970,000, and the remainder would be divided between the two children when they turn 18. 

Aaron Brady, 28, of New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh has been charged with the capital murder of Detective Garda Donohoe and is due to go on trial in October.