Saturday 17 August 2019

'I am going to deserve everything that I get', murderer told gardaí

Niall Power (47), of Gyles Quay, Riverstown, Co Louth, described himself as the “middle man” in the murder of the mother-of-three. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Niall Power (47), of Gyles Quay, Riverstown, Co Louth, described himself as the “middle man” in the murder of the mother-of-three. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Natasha Reid

A man who confessed to murdering Irene White told gardaí: "I'm going to deserve everything I get."

Niall Power (47), of Gyles Quay, Riverstown, Co Louth, described himself as the "middle man" in the murder of the mother-of-three.

He recruited and paid Anthony Lambe (35), of Annadrumman, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, to carry out the brutal murder.

Power, described by the victim's daughter as a "close family friend", presented himself at Dundalk garda station on the afternoon Lambe was sentenced to life in prison.

"I'm not going anywhere until I get this off my chest," he said, when asked if he wanted to wait. "I want to put my hands up."

Confessing to his part in the murder, he told gardaí: "It was like my soul left me that morning... I thought my mother and father didn't rear me like this.

"I crossed a border. I could not go back... I'm going to deserve everything I get."

He was very emotional during interviews as he told gardaí how he came to know the deceased through another man "not before the courts".

This man had asked him in 2003/2004 to "sort Ms White out". Power understood this to mean the other man wanted her dead. He said this man repeated this almost every day over a number of months.

He also said this man had a certain hold over him and he felt like a "puppet".

Power said he was in the company of this first man on the day of the murder when he received a call from Lambe, telling him: "That job is done."

He told gardaí that he hadn't pulled out of it as he felt he had gone too far, felt pushed around and under pressure for months. He said the first man would be onto him, complaining that it wasn't done and that he would then repeat this to Lambe.

He also accepted that he had introduced Lambe to the first man on one occasion and that the first man had said "So, you're the man doing the job" or "getting the job sorted".

Lambe had then received information about what time Ms White's children would have gone to school.

Irish Independent

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