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Man arrested over 2005 murder of Irene White (43)

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Dundalk Garda Station, inset Irene White

Dundalk Garda Station, inset Irene White

Dundalk Garda Station, inset Irene White

A man has been arrested over the 2005 murder of mother Irene White.

Independent.ie has learned that the male, aged in his 30s, was arrested in Co Monaghan this morning and is being questioned at Dundalk garda station.

Separated Irene (43) was found stabbed to death at her home after she returned from taking her children to school on April 6, 2005.

Gardai and the family believe the killer was hired to murder Irene by someone known to the mum.

The family have issued a number of appeals for help and substantial rewards have been offered to anyone with information leading to the killer’s capture. However, no one has yet been charged.

Irene's sister Anne Delcassian said: “If it is the right man then that’s great. Irene’s family are just absolutely delighted with this news today.”

Meanwhile, solicitor for the family Kevin Winters, of KRW Law Belfast, said: “The family obviously welcome this news especially when you consider the huge length of time that has gone by without any development.

“However there is still a residual skepticism about the timing of this. Given that it is 11 years after the killing and it comes on the back of a prolonged legal engagement between ourselves on behalf of the family and the DPP and gardaí authorities.

“The family will be seeking an immediate follow up meeting with all agencies to assess the outcome of this arrest.”

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