Credit is due to the outgoing leaders of the Northern Ireland Executive Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill for lending their infuence to the campaign for a reopening of the investigation into the murder of Michaela McAreavey who was killed while on honeymoon in Mauritius.
They revealed yesterday that the authorities on the island country are to look again at the evidence in a bid to solve the crime which took place a decade ago.
It is thought that new procedures will be put in place but, of course, there is no guarantee that the culprit or culprits will be found after such a lengthy period.
However, the McAreavey and Harte families – Michaela’s father is Mickey Harte the former Tyrone GAA manager – have consistently campaigned for the case to be reopened and this latest development will raise their hopes of seeing a successful resolution.
Michaela’s murder was a heinous crime and the heartbroken families deserve to see justice done, even if it has been delayed for far too long.