Tuesday 15 October 2019

Family upbeat over access to Hawe murder file after meeting minister

Mary Coll and her daughter Jacqueline Connolly, the mother and sister of murdered mum-of-three Clodagh Hawe, leave a meeting in Dublin with Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan where they discussed the handling of the investigation into the family tragedy. Photo: Frank McGrath
Mary Coll and her daughter Jacqueline Connolly, the mother and sister of murdered mum-of-three Clodagh Hawe, leave a meeting in Dublin with Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan where they discussed the handling of the investigation into the family tragedy. Photo: Frank McGrath

Aoife Moore

The family of murdered mother-of-three Clodagh Hawe have met the Justice Minister to discuss her murder.

Cavan teacher Clodagh (39) and her three young sons were killed by her husband and the children's father Alan Hawe in August 2016.

Her sister Jacqueline Connolly and mother Mary Coll met minister Charlie Flanagan yesterday to discuss retrieving a Garda file to help them understand why Hawe (40) killed Clodagh, Liam (13), Niall (11), and Ryan (6) before taking his own life.

After the 90-minute meeting, the mother and sister thanked the minister for a "satisfactory" discussion, and said they planned to meet with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris next week.

"We discussed over 10 issues that we would like reviewed following the murders, he had his officials with him and was very receptive. We're feeling very positive that changes will come from this," Ms Connolly said.

"We have a meeting next week with the commissioner and we're looking forward to hearing from Mr Harris himself.

‘Satisfactory’: Clodagh Hawe’s mother Mary Coll (centre) with daughter Jacqueline Connolly (right) and family friend Tamara Nolan after the meeting with Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
‘Satisfactory’: Clodagh Hawe’s mother Mary Coll (centre) with daughter Jacqueline Connolly (right) and family friend Tamara Nolan after the meeting with Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

"We're not in a position to comment on an inquiry at the minute, but we want to say we're happy with today's outcome."

Ms Coll said: "I'm confident now we will have access to the Garda files, which we haven't been able to access before.

"We just want to thank the minister for such a satisfactory meeting."

The minister described the meeting as "lengthy, but satisfactory".

Irish Independent

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