French President presses Taoiseach on justice for Sophie Toscan du Plantier
Macron asked Martin what more could be done to ensure justice for the French woman who was murdered in West Cork
The French President asked Micheal Martin what more could be done to ensure justice for Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French citizen who was murdered in West Cork in 1996.
Martin told Macron that Sophie’s murder was a “terrible and horrible deed” which continues to be a “source of great pain and grief” in Schull, where she was killed.
The Taoiseach said that he watched both of the recent documentaries about the case, and that “one could not but be struck by the dignity of Sophie’s family in respect of the enormity and the trauma that they have been going through.”
He said that he wants to see justice done, and that “It is still an open investigation in respect of our police force..as you know we do not interfere in the judicial arm or judicial processes.”
“It’s a terrible stain in terms of our country and in terms of what happened, a person of great substance, who loved her visits to west Cork and indeed her family do.
“And as a person who loves that part of the country myself, it is incomprehensible what happened on that particular evening and it does continue to grip the Irish public in terms of interest and empathy with her family.
“We would appeal to anyone out there even at this stage that has any information that can contribute to justice being achieved here and that they will do so,” Martin added.