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'Justice has been served - but we miss Elaine deeply'

Elaine O'Hara's family said they are relieved that justice had been served - but told how they continue to suffer her loss and miss her greatly.

Her devastated father and siblings issued a statement shortly after Graham Dwyer was found guilty of her murder.

The family said they hoped this case would highlight the need for people to be careful when communicating using the internet and social media.

In the statement, issued through An Garda Síochána, they said this had been a difficult and traumatic two-and-a-half years for the family.

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Elaine O'Hara's father Frank (left) and brother John.

Elaine O'Hara's father Frank (left) and brother John.

Elaine O'Hara's father Frank (left) and brother John.

They expressed their gratitude to investigating officers for their sensitive and exemplary investigation.

They also thanked the prosecution team, the garda family liaison officers, victim support at the courts, as well as family and friends for their support.

However, they said they are continuing to grieve for Elaine, their daughter and sister.

"We are greatly relieved that justice has been served but we still suffer her loss and miss her greatly," the statement read.

"We hope that this case will highlight the need for people to be careful when communicating using the internet and social media."

Her father, Frank O'Hara, said the family respected the role of the media in providing accurate and important information.

However, he asked that the media respect their need for privacy, as the family attempts to move on from this heartbreaking and distressing period.

Mr O'Hara said they would not be making any further comment at this time.

Mr O'Hara attended the nine-week trial every day.

He was often accompanied by his partner Sheila Hawkins, his daughter Ann Charles and son John.

Gemma Dwyer and her immediate family also issued a statement following the verdict.

In it, Ms Dwyer says her family's thoughts and condolences are with the O'Hara family for the grief and pain they are suffering.

The statement added that in the interest of maintaining privacy, and in particular to protect the interests of her children, Ms Dwyer and members of her immediate family will not be making any further comment.

The family also requested that the media and members of the public respect their privacy in any further reporting or commentary, particularly with regard to the need to protect their children from any intrusion into their lives.

In a highly unusual move, Dwyer's solicitor issued a statement on his behalf.

Dwyer said he wanted to thank his legal team for their work and dedication since 2013.

He also thanked family, friends and colleagues for their "continued, unwavering support throughout this period".

He said he was grateful to members of the media for the privacy they had afforded his family, and people close to him during the trial.

Notably, the statement contained no reference whatsoever to Elaine O'Hara, and no expression of sympathy for her plight.

Shocked

A&D Wejchert & Partners, the architecture firm where Graham Dwyer worked, also issued a statement.

The firm said everyone involved was "shocked at the distressing evidence that was presented during this trial.

"Our thoughts are with all those affected by this case at this very difficult time."

The statement added that Dwyer's employment with the firm was terminated in 2013, following his arrest.

"The firm gave its full co-operation to the gardaí to assist with their investigation.

"We note the jury's verdict and have no further comment to make on the case," the statement added.

Quotes of the day

* "I gather we have a verdict and when the verdict is delivered, I want silence in court and I want the gardaí to keep an eye on that."  - Judge Tony Hunt issues a warning to the packed courtroom at 3.39pm.

* "You say the accused Graham Dwyer is guilty - is that the verdict of you all?" the registrar asks the jury foreman.

"Yes," he replied.

* "There is no doubt you are human like myself, when you are cut you bleed. These things are not easy".

- Judge Hunt said about the difficult task the jury faced.

* "If it's any consolation to you, I 110pc agree with your verdict based on the evidence. On the basis of the facts, the question of suicide simply wasn't there. I hope that is some minor consolation."

- Judge Hunt.

* "I wholeheartedly endorse that conclusion speaking as someone who heard and saw everything that you did."

- Judge Hunt on the verdict.

* "You are private citizens, you have done your duty and you have done so in an exemplary manner, that is the end of the case as far as you are concerned."

- Judge Hunt on the jury.

* "We are greatly relieved that justice has been served but we still suffer her loss and miss her greatly."

- Elaine O'Hara's father Frank.

"We hope that this case will highlight the need for people to be careful when communicating using the internet and social media."

* "Their thoughts and condolences are with the O'Hara family for the grief and pain they are suffering."

- Statement on behalf of Gemma Dwyer and her family.

* "I wish to thank my family, friends and colleagues for their continued unwavering support throughout this period."

- Graham Dwyer releases a statement.

* "In many ways it restores your faith in our legal system - justice is done and justice is seen to be done."

- Terese Lumbard, a mother of two from Donabate, who watched proceedings.

Irish Independent


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