“CRIMINALS get time for killing someone, victims and their families get a life sentence,” the words of Anne Delcassian, speaking at the 7th annual vigil for his sister Irene White, who was brutally stabbed to death in her home seven years ago.
More then 50 people made their way to the vigil in the Ice House Park, just a couple hundred of metres away from where Irene was slain. Gardaí, family members and friends of the Irene were all present to pay their respects to Irene, and to pay homage, as Anne put, to the many victims of unresolved murders in Ireland.
Yet it was also a day for strong words, with Anne herself heavily critical of the Irish justice system that has seen her sister murder go unpunished.
“I think it is an appropirate time to call for change,” said Anne. “The Irish justice system is archaic and anticqutated. In 2006 there were 126 females homicides documented. Now, five years on that has risen to 174. Nothing has changed.
“Irene mattered to me and to so many others,” says Anne, who says that it is getting harder and not easier as the years went on.
She also had a message to Irene’s killers, who is believes may number as many nine. “You get to go to sleep, wake up in the morning, see your children and have breakfast, as if nothing has happened. How long can you keep this dark secret inside.”
Speaking to reporters after her speech, Anne said that she is more determined then ever to track down Irene’s killers. It was also noted that her killers would one day have to meet their maker and face judgement for what they had done to Irene.
The bounty on information leading to the conviction of Irene’s killers stands at €34,000. There were also a poignant memorial to the 174 woman who have been killed in Ireland since records began, with black ribbons and name tags attached to some netting assembled in the park.
Speaking to the Dundalk local councillor Ollie Morgan said; “I’m glad to see so many people here, so many friends of Irene.”
Cllr Morgan was one of the last people to talk to Irene before she died, having bumped into her the night before in Superquinn.
“The town was deeply shocked at the brutal murder of Irene and I would urge anyone with information to go to Gardaí and give Irene’s family the peace that they deserve.”