Her sister never gave up on justice
THE SISTER of murdered Dundalk woman Irene White never gave up on fighting for justice for her. Anne Delcassian released a statement through her solicitors on Saturday, shortly after 34-year-old Anthony Lambe appeared in court charged with Irene’s murder.
He was remanded in protective custody to appear again at Cloverhill on Friday.
In the statement, released through solicitors KRW, Ms Delcassian said: ‘ We act on behalf of Anne Delcassian sister of the above named deceased.
‘We are instructed to respond to the news that a man in his early 30s has appeared in court today charged in connection with the murder of Irene.
‘ The murder charge coming as it does after all this time is a massive development for the family.
‘We have spoken with Anne this morning and she and the wider family are in a state of shock. In view of frustration in trying to seek justice in more recent times she resorted to a dogged campaign. ‘We would urge restraint in media speculation. ‘Speaking today Anne Delcassian said: ‘ I want to thank Gardai for sticking with this murder inquiry when it seemed all hope was gone. I recognise they have a difficult job to do but much remains to be uncovered and on that basis myself and my solicitor expect to meet Gardai in the next few weeks’.
The murder charge comes almost 12 years since Irene White was found in the kitchen of her home at Ice House on the Demesne Road. She had been stabbed a number of times and was found when her elderly mother Maureen McBride went into the house.
The murder was the subject of a number of high profile appeals by Ms Delcassian over the years, particularly around the April 6 anniversary of Irene’s death.
And in December, the murder was again featured on RTE’s Crimecall programme where Irene’s daughter, Jennifer, made a heartfelt plea for information about her mum’s death and spoke publicly for the first time about how she was about the murder and the effect of not having her in her life.