McArdle urged to “face truth”

THE family of a Dundalk woman killed in Spain by her husband has called on him to “face up to the truth” and take responsibility for his “heinous crime”.

THE family of a Dundalk woman killed in Spain by her husband has called on him to “face up to the truth” and take responsibility for his “heinous crime”.

The family of the late Kelly Ann Corcoran (29) have said they are “satisified and relieved” that her husband, Dermot McArdle is now in jail in Spain.

The father-of-three from Brookfield, Heynestown was extradited to Spain on August 5 to begin a two-year prison sentence for her manslaughter.

The 42-year-old was convicted after a trial in Spain in 2008, and his extradition marks the end of a lengthy legal battle taken by him against the Spanish authorities and the extradition process.

In a statement issued on Sunday, August 14, the extended Corcoran family said they were “satisfied and relieved that Dermot McArdle’s attempts to block and frustrate the course of justice, for over 11 years, have come to an end”.

They added that McArdle’s “costly legal battles that were often supported by his family, friends, and sometimes even funded by the Irish taxpayer, have proved to be meaningless and futile”.

The statement called on McArdle to use his two-year prison term to “reflect on his actions, face up to the truth and take responsibility for the heinous crime that he committed against Kelly Ann...”

They said his “delay tactics” prolonged the pain and suffering endured by Kelly Ann’s family. The Corcoran family offered thanks “for the unbounded kindness and heartening support that we received from our friends, relations and from the countless decent people in our town of Dundalk and beyond.”