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Sunday 25 June 2017

'Cold case' team hunt for Irene White's killer

Specially trained Gardaí working through case files

The Garda 'cold case' team have commenced a review of the murder of Irene White who was killed in her home at Ice House, The Demense in April 2005.
The Garda 'cold case' team have commenced a review of the murder of Irene White who was killed in her home at Ice House, The Demense in April 2005.

Olivia RYAN

THE murder of Dundalk mother Irene White is being re-examined by the national Garda 'cold case' team, The Argus has learned.

Just two weeks short of the sixth anniversary of the Dundalk woman's death, the Garda Serious Crime Review team confirmed they are reviewing the horrific murder.

Officers specially trained in examining so called 'cold cases' began analysing the investigation files a number of weeks ago.

As part of that review, a renewed appeal is expected to be launched locally next week.

The cold case unit have probed a number of high profile cases since it was set up in 2007, recently securing the conviction of Vera McGrath for the murder of her husband Brian McGrath in Co. Westmeath 23 years ago.

Now the unit have turned their attention to the murder of Irene White (43), a mother of three who was stabbed to death in the kitchen of her home at Ice House, The Demense, after she returned from leaving her children to school on April 6th 2005.

She was found in a pool of blood by her elderly mother later that morning. Her grieving mother sadly died the following year, on Irene's birthday.

Despite an intensive investigation by Dundalk Gardai over the last six years, the high profile case remains unsolved.

Although a number of people have been questioned about the murder, no-one has ever been charged.

The case has been the focus of several 'Crimecall' appeals including a reconstruction, and two substantial rewards are still in place for information leading to a conviction including £30,000 sterling offered by Irene's sister Anne Delcassian, and the initial € 10,000 offered by Crimestoppers.

The original Garda investigation established that a man was seen running from the vicinity of Ice House at approximately 10.15am that morning.

He ran through Ice House Hill Park and exited onto O'Hanlon Park and left in a dark coloured car that was parked there.

The man was described as being aged between 30 and 40 and wearing jeans, a dark jacket and a cap.

Gardai are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 042 93 35577 or through the confidential telephone number 1800 666 111.

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