Wednesday 24 July 2019

'We will only have true justice when mastermind of mum's murder is before courts' - Irene White's daughter

Irene White
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

The eldest daughter of Irene White has said her family will have “true justice” only when the mastermind behind her mother’s murder is convicted.

Jennifer McBride described bringing the man suspected of planning the murder before the courts as “the ultimate goal”.

In an emotional interview, she also described her family’s heartbreak over her mother’s killing, saying “she was everything to me”.

She was speaking to RTE Prime Time reporter Barry Cummins following the life sentence given this week to Niall Power (47), of Gyles Quay, Riverstown, Co Louth, for the murder of Irene.

Last year Anthony Lambe (34), who stabbed Irene 34 times, was also jailed for life for his role in the murder.

Power was described as the “middle man” who was asked by a different person to assist in the murder.

“There was a sense of relief for the reason that we were told to expect three to four weeks of a trial and there was a lot of anxiety... and what were we going to have to face and listen to and everything like that,” Ms McBride said.

“So it was, like, at least we know it is going to be a positive outcome in the right direction, like, it is going to be the way we want it to go.

“So there was a sense of relief but at the same time, like, pain, anger, hurt, all different emotions. But I was happy to know it was a guilty plea.”

Ms McBride said she was making an appeal on behalf of herself, her younger brother Damhan and younger sister  Dairine. “People are calling it the ‘mastermind’ and he is the man behind the whole lot. And the ultimate goal would be to have him before the courts and charged,” she said.

“That would be the ultimate goal, yeah. Only then will I feel I have got true justice for my mam. That she deserves.”

Reflecting on her time with her mother, she told Mr Cummins: “I had 17 years. I had so many treasured memories all through the years. My sister was four years old and my brother was six.

“My memory is very sketchy when I was that age so it breaks my heart that they don’t have such fresh memories, and so many memories, that I have. So it is heart-breaking that they missed out on so much.

“My mam was everything to me, and to my brother and sister. It is just heart-breaking to think that people can go around in this day and age and think that they can pay people to kill a human being. It is horrible.”

Ms White (43), who was separated from her husband Alan, lived at Ice House, Demesne Road, Dundalk, with her children aged 17, six and five. Her mother, Maureen McBride (79), lived in a mobile home to the rear of the house.

She found her daughter’s body lying in a pool of blood at 12.30pm on April 6, 2005.

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