Monday 23 January 2017

Stop making excuses for Alan Hawe - he killed his wife and three children with a hatchet and knives

Suzanne Breen

Published 08/09/2016 | 02:30

Alan Hawe with his wife Clodagh and their children Liam (15), Niall (11) and Ryan (6)
Alan Hawe with his wife Clodagh and their children Liam (15), Niall (11) and Ryan (6)

I'm sick of hearing how Alan Hawe was a fantastic father, loving husband and all-round pillar of society. For God's sake, he used a hatchet and knives to murder his wife and kids.

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Had he black or brown skin, had he been on the dole and living in a housing estate when he butchered his family, he would have been instantly demonised. But Hawe had all the trappings of respectability.

He was a person of prestige and influence in the local community. He was a school vice-principal, a stalwart of the GAA and Catholic Church. It's not every household that is privileged with a visit from the local priest on Christmas Day.

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