Key people quizzed in stabbing of mother

GARDAÍ investigating the brutal stabbing of a mother-of-three yesterday began checking the whereabouts of key people at the time of the knife attack.

Detectives continued searching for the murder weapon which was used in the fatal stabbing of Irene White at her home in Dundalk, Co Louth, on Wednesday.

A special detective team in Dundalk is spearheading the investigation into Ms White’s brutal murder, which occurred some time between 9.45am and 12.30am on Wednesday.

Supt Pat Magee of Dundalk Station said they were following up leads given by the public as a result of the appeal.

“There’s a lot of very relevant stuff. People are focusing in on the crucial time. Several interesting things are coming in to us.”

Ms White, 43, was found on the kitchen floor of her home on Demesne Road by her 70-year-old mother Maureen McBride at 12.30am. She was last seen at between 9.30am and 9.45am after dropping her children off to school.

“As part of the investigation everyone’s whereabouts will be checked out and accounts they give will be cross-checked,” said Supt Magee.

Ms White leaves behind her three daughters Jennifer, 17, Dairine, 6, and Damhan, 4, as well as her separated husband, Alan.

In a separate investigation, Crimestoppers yesterday offered a substantial cash reward for specific information leading to the identification of a man whose body parts were found in Dublin’s Royal Canal last Wednesday, and the person or persons responsible for his murder.

The offer from the anonymous freephone service comes as gardaí today distribute leaflets in a nationwide appeal for information.

Parts of the body of a black man, possibly African, aged between 20 and 40 and around 6ft in height, were found near Ballybough Bridge last Wednesday.

Gardaí have not yet found the victim’s head.

The victim may have been in the water for between one and two weeks and a distinctive long sleeved Ireland white soccer jersey was found with the torso.

People can ring Crimestoppers free on 1800 25 00 25 in confidence or call the garda freephone number 1800 218 219 or the incident room in Fitzgibbon St.

Meanwhile, gardaí expect to make further arrests in connection with the murder of James Curran in Dublin’s south inner city last Sunday night.

The 42-year-old father-of-one was drinking in The Green Lizard pub on Francis Street when an unmasked man shot him in the head.

Officers arrested two people earlier this week and released them without charge. “We expect further arrests in the short term,” said Supt Eddie Quirke of Kevin St Station yesterday.

He said gardaí remained “confident” of solving the case. He said people in the pub have been coming forward, but appealed to others who hadn’t to do so.

Supt Quirke said they were following “a line of inquiry” as to the identity of the killer.

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