Fresh hope after arrest in Irene's murder case Irene case
The sister of Irene White, who was brutally murdered almost 12 years ago, has spoken of her hopes for justice following the arrest of a man.
The suspect, who is in his 30s, was detained by investigating gardai at his home outside Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, yesterday morning.
Ms White (43) was stabbed 14 times in the chest and back and suffered serious throat injuries during the savage assault at her two-storey detached home, known as the Ice House, in Dundalk on April 6, 2005.
Gardai described yesterday's arrest as a breakthrough in their lengthy investigation.
"I really hope that they have got the right man. The family are absolutely delighted that progress has been made," Ms White's sister Anne Delcassian told the Herald.
The man was arrested and taken for questioning at Dundalk Garda Station.
He had not come under suspicion previously. Following a review of initial inquiries, a fresh investigation was launched 18 months ago.
This resulted in new information emerging as gardai interviewed witnesses and new leads were pursued, and three people were arrested.
Gardai were working on the basis the killer had been hired to murder Ms White.
The frenzied attack took place in the kitchen of her home on Demesne Road as she tidied up the kitchen after breakfast.
Her body was found on the kitchen floor by her mother, Maureen McBride.
She lived in a mobile home in the garden and regularly called in to see her daughter.
The family's grief was compounded six months later, when Maureen died on Irene's birthday.
Ms Delcassian has previously said she believes Irene's murderer took two lives that day, as her mother never got over what she saw.