Monday 5 December 2016

Eilis O'Hanlon: Media guilty of over-sensitivity, not insensitivity on Hawe family deaths

Those who say the media condoned the terrible murders in Cavan are just seeing what they want to see

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 04/09/2016 | 02:30

Hawe family (inset) and Liam's coffin at the funeral of the family of five
Hawe family (inset) and Liam's coffin at the funeral of the family of five
Alan Hawe with his wife Clodagh and their children Liam (15), Niall (11) and Ryan (6)

More than 80 men, women and children were murdered on Nice's Promenade des Anglais on Bastille Day, but it's unlikely that most of us could name any of them.

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Their killer is more familiar. We might not immediately recall his name, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, but his background and motivation were raked over in depth; his grainy picture was everywhere.

That's because the murderer is the obvious focus in the aftermath of a terrible murder. Who are they? Why did they do it? What were they thinking? These are natural questions to ask. In fact, it would be unnatural not to ask them. It doesn't mean that you don't care about his victims.

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