Stop making excuses for Alan Hawe - he killed his wife and three children with a hatchet and knives
Published 08/09/2016 | 02:30
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.
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.