Irene White murder: Man behind brutal killing of mum stabbed 34 times set to be exposed to gardai
Two men have already been jailed for their involvement in the shocking crime
A heartless brute who ordered and paid for the savage killing of an innocent mother is about to be exposed.
Irene White was stabbed 34 times in one of the worst attacks on a woman in this country, at her home in Dundalk, 15 years ago after dropping her three kids to school.
Now a former family friend Niall Power is reportedly prepared to spill the beans for the first time on the evil suspect behind the murder and to name him to the Gardai.
This man asked Power, 48, to hire a hitman to execute her. But even worse he told separated Irene, 43, to her face he would have her killed when she least expected it.
Every day for two years from 2003 until April,6, 2005, he nagged and pressured Power asking him when the hit was going ahead.
He put up the €2,000 in cash to pay the hired killer Anthony Lambe, 37, from Castleblaney.
Both Power and Lambe are currently doing life over the murder.
But neither named the man behind it all even though both pleaded guilty to their part in the horrendous crime.
Power, who is doing life in Mountjoy, has had a number of visits from detectives dealing with the case.
It is understood he has told prison officers who the individual is who put him up to it and said he is now prepared to name him to the Gardai.
A prison source told The Star: “Niall is one of the good guys in here, he comes from a very decent family with no criminal links.
“He was led astray by this man who seemed to have some control over him and for whatever reason organised the hit and covered up for him.
“He now realises how foolish he was.
“Why should this man get away with murder while his two accomplices are behind bars.
“This fella is out there and thinks he is untouchable. Niall is going to name him to detectives.”
It is understood on the day of the murder this suspect got a man and a woman to deliberately drive him to Dublin so he had an alibi.
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He even asked a Garda for directions in the middle of the city in front of a CCTV camera.
A Garda source told the Star: “He went to great lengths to cover his tracks. Irene White would be alive today only for this man.
“We are now hoping Niall Power will see sense and make a full statement implicating the man who paid him and Lambe.
“We do know Anthony Lambe met him once.”
Power ran a security business in Dundalk and Lambe, a historian, worked part time for him while he was at college.
He asked Lambe to carry out the murder and Lambe who was drinking heavily at the time agreed to do it.
Lambe fled the country after the killing, first going to England and then Australia.
However it was only three years ago that detectives from the cold case squad made progress in the long unsolved murder.
They tracked down a former girlfriend of his in Australia and she confirmed Lambe had confessed to murdering Irene to her.
He stabbed the mother numerous times in the kitchen and then said a prayer over her body. When he was back home and arrested in 2017, he confessed to the crime.
The following year, on January 20, he was sentenced to life and on the same day Power walked into Dundalk Garda Station admitting his part in the murder. Power couldn’t live with his conscience.
He told friends at one stage he contemplated killing himself and had the rope around his neck.
But then he thought about his parents and his four children and couldn’t go ahead with it. He decided there and then to tell the truth about Irene White.
He told the Judge at his sentencing: “It was like a soul left me that morning. I thought my mother and father didn’t rear me like this.
“I crossed a border, I could not go back, I was going to deserve everything I got.”
Irene’s three children Jennifer McBride, Damhan and Dairne all want justice for their mother.
The Garda source added: “We will be speaking to Niall Power soon and hopefully he will do the right thing.
“He has lost everything: his freedom, his family, his business and this other fella is out walking the streets. It is just not right.
“No one should be allowed get away with murder and especially this man. He went to extraordinary lengths to cover his tracks.
“This poor woman suffered a shocking death and he ordered it.