Last month, surrender to French authorities was again refused in the Irish High Court. ‘Just put yourself in a situation where, not only are you falsely accused, but you’re falsely accused of a very, very horrible crime, which you have nothing to do with – it is frightening,’ he says. ‘But even the unluckiest man or woman in the world gets lucky sometimes.’

Ian Bailey is not the only force that has kept the case firmly in the public eye. The West Cork podcast, an eight-hour, 13-part series, written, narrated and produced by young journalists Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde, is brilliantly reported and compellingly constructed, and quickly became one of Audible’s most popular podcasts; it is expected to become freely available via iTunes soon.

Bungey and Forde have continued to investigate the case and are working on further episodes. They are writing a book on the case, A Good Suspect, due for publication in 2022. Then there are two film documentary series nearing completion, both scheduled for next spring. Jim Sheridan and Colm Quinn have joined forces with investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre to make In Absentia. Sheridan, the director of feature films including My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father, has been researching the case for nearly six years; this will be his first documentary. His team claims to have exclusive access to Ian Bailey, and the four-part documentary will be shown on Sky.

A rival film is being made by two-time Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn, and John Dower, who directed and co-wrote My Scientology Movie with Louis Theroux. The makers of the as-yet-untitled three-part Netflix Original series claim to have the full cooperation and sole blessing of du Plantier’s family. If this is true, it may prove a crucial point of difference between the two films; like many victims of crime, du Plantier has too often seemed a strangely spectral and secondary presence in her own murder. Perhaps the dislocation of family, culture and language has not helped. Throughout the past 24 years, however, du Plantier’s family and their many supporters have bravely strived for justice and resolution.

They have suffered a double tragedy: the loss of a daughter, sister, mother, niece and friend; and anger and incomprehension at the failure of the Irish justice system to convict du Plantier’s murderer – whom they vehemently believe to be Ian Bailey (the triple tragedy is if he is not).

Unless new evidence comes forward, Bailey is highly unlikely to ever be charged in Ireland, and it’s also highly unlikely that any French extradition request would ever succeed. Under Irish law, a person cannot be arrested a third time for questioning about the same crime unless the guards actually intend to level a charge. And even if they could and he faced trial, how would you find an unprejudiced jury?

Maybe the films and the new podcast will move the case forward. Maybe there will be a deathbed confession one day – in West Cork or Paris. Maybe we’ll never know who did it, because the killer is already dead.

Du Plantier’s parents, Marguerite and Georges Bouniol, are now 89 and 94 respectively. Sophie’s son, Pierre-Louis, 39, describes the day he was told his mother had been murdered as ‘my last day of being a child; she was everything for me’. He has kept the house at Dreenane and returns to it often with his wife, Aurelia, son Louis, and daughter, who is named Sophie. The simple interior is largely unchanged; his mother’s duffel coat still hangs on a hook by the back door. There is a small Celtic cross, with du Plantier’s name, at the spot where she was murdered.

‘I know it’s very difficult for people to understand why I’m still coming to Ireland, to this house,’ Pierre-Louis has said. ‘But Ireland is part of my life and I don’t want to blame Ireland, because she loved this country, and I love this country. And it’s so important for me to bring my children to this house, for them to know their grandmother.’

In a book about the murder published in France in 2014, there is a foreword by Pierre-Louis; in it he describes a dream in which his family is in the living room of the house in West Cork and his daughter asks, ‘Papa, why have you never told me about your mum?’

He writes, in response, ‘Everyone has the right to know why certain assassins remain free, right there near you. May those who perpetrated this denial of justice and still feed it today, come and explain the truth to my daughter,’ he writes. ‘I am waiting for them there, by the fireplace.’

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