'Net is closing on killers,' says victim's sister

The sister of a woman stabbed to death in her Dundalk home believes more than one person was behind the murder.

The sister of a woman stabbed to death in her Dundalk home believes more than one person was behind the murder.

Anne Delcassian, whose sister Irene White was killed in a frenzied attack three years ago this weekend, said the net is closing on her killers.

She said a circle of people were involved in the killing on April 6, 2005, and maintains gardai are building a catalogue of evidence.

Despite two arrests, no-one has ever been charged in connection with her murder.

"They have tried to cover themselves and think they have got away with it, but they have not," said Mrs Delcassian.

"I'm waiting for their time to come and when I finally sit in the court in Dublin I will have a great feeling looking at these people."

Last year, more than 200 people gathered for the emotional memorial outside Mrs White's home on Demesne Road.

Heartbroken families stood in solidarity at Ice House to mark the 43-year-old's second anniversary and pay tribute to the scores of women killed in violent attacks in the previous decade.

Among the mourners were the parents and siblings of Rachel O'Reilly and Siobhan Kearney, who have since seen their murderers jailed for life.

Mrs Delcassian said those convictions give her hope that her sister's killer will be caught.

"Justice comes around," she continued.

"I feel like the gardaí are working on these cases one by one and are getting them ticked off. I know Irene's time will come.

"The gardaí knew Irene before she was murdered. She had been to the station about threats to her life.

"A circle of people were involved in Irene's murder. The gardaí are aware of who they are looking for and have no doubt that they will get those responsible.

"A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions."

Mrs White's body was discovered by her elderly mother Maureen McBride in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor.

Six months later, in October 2005, Mrs McBride died on what would have been her daughter's 44th birthday.

Separated from her husband Alan, the loving mother had taken her three children to school just hours before she was killed.

Mrs Delcassian, who now lives in Manchester, maintains her mother died of a broken heart, with the murderer responsible for both their deaths.

The 45-year-old returns to Ireland monthly, but finds making the journey this weekend too distressing.

Instead she has asked for prayers to be said for her sister in Omeath and Carlingford, where the family had strong connections.

"I was home in Ireland at the weekend, I cried the whole way there and I continue to cry every single day for what's happened," she added.

"I couldn't face being in Ireland for this anniversary because Irene's home has been sold.

"Sunday will be a poignant day for the family and for Irene's many friends, and it will be a day of terrible remorse.

"But I also believe it should be a day for the people in Dundalk to stand strong together and think collectively as to what has happened to other women who have been murdered and how their killers have been convicted."

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