Monday 19 August 2019

Tenacious sister of murdered Irene dies

Anne Delcassian with a photo of her sister, Irene White. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Anne Delcassian with a photo of her sister, Irene White. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

A woman who campaigned for years for justice for her murdered sister Irene White has died.

Anne Delcassian held regular vigils for her sister who was stabbed to death in her kitchen in Dundalk, Co Louth, in 2005.

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The killing remained unsolved until last year when Anthony Lambe, a former student, was convicted of her murder.

A second conviction followed last month when Niall Power admitted recruiting Lambe to kill Ms White.

Ms Delcassian, who was too ill to attend court, issued a statement after Power's conviction, saying her dying wish was for "all responsible" for her sister's killing to be brought to justice. Ms White's family believes the "mastermind" is still at large.

Ms Delcassian's solicitor, Kevin Winters, issued a statement saying that without Ms Delcassian's tenacity "the murder prosecution of two people wouldn't have happened."

Mr Winters said he last saw his client six weeks ago, in bed in a camper van parked in the street outside his office.

"She was far too ill to make it into my office and could barely speak but she was still able to convey a determined message insisting that I pursue all of those involved in her sister's murder. I promised her I would," he said.

Sunday Independent

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