'She should be celebrating her 42nd birthday with her beautiful boys' - family of Clodagh Hawe
THE family of Clodagh Hawe have asked the public to think of her today, on what should have been her 42nd birthday.
Clodagh and her three sons were brutally murdered in 2016 by husband and father Alan Hawe, who then took his own life.
Her sister Jacqueline Connolly said today should have been one of celebration, as the young mother would have turned 42.
"Today she should be celebrating with her beautiful boys Liam, Niall and Ryan and all who love and miss her dearly. Please take a moment to think of Clodagh today," Ms Connolly said.
Alan Hawe killed his wife Clodagh (39) and sons, Liam (13), Niall (11) and Ryan (6) in their home at 3 Oakdene Downs in Ballyjamesduff in Cavan.
After killing his wife with a knife and a hatchet, and then taking the lives of their sons, Alan Hawe used a computer to transfer money from the couple's joint account to his own account.
Before he killed himself, he wrote a note and stuck it to the back door. "Don't come in. Call the gardaí," it said.
Jacqueline Connolly and her mother Mary Coll recently initiated lawsuits against the estate of killer Hawe.
While no statements of claim, which would outline the full reasons for the lawsuits, have been filed to date, the cases are described as "personal injury" actions within the High Court system.
The mother and daughter have been campaigning for the garda file into the investigation of what happened on that day in 2016 to be released.
They said that while an inquest had dealt with the who, the when and the how of the murders, in their view it didn't explain why schoolteacher Hawe killed his family.
They are also calling for laws on succession to change so that the relatives of people who wipe out their families do not benefit financially from their crime.
In an interview with the 'Sunday Independent', Ms Connolly said that in the days and weeks after the shocking killings, they slowly started to learn that as the victims' family they had little rights.
This began when they moved to have Alan Hawe exhumed from the grave he shared with Clodagh, Liam, Niall and Ryan.
"Of course, when we tried to have the body exhumed we learned, as we did on so many occasions later, that we, Clodagh's next of kin, had no rights. It would be the Hawe family that would have the ultimate say whether there would or would not be an exhumation," she said.
"We also would find out that under the Succession Act 1965, the Hawe family alone are entitled to all the proceeds of the estate."
The pair have met with Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan and Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.
This led to a serious case review being launched into the force's initial response to the tragedy and the subsequent investigation.
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