GRIEVING father Andrew McGinley has called on representatives from RTÉ to meet with him and explain the reasoning behind a decision to drop him from The Late Late Show.
The father of three was due to appear on the primetime TV show on October 8 to announce plans for a fundraising concert in his children’s memory.
However, just hours before the show was to air, he announced he would not be appearing.
On Tuesday, Independent.ie revealed the national broadcaster told Mr McGinley it had received a letter which said “it could be a painful and traumatic experience” to see him talking about Conor, Darragh and Carla on The Late Late Show.
Yesterday, RTÉ defended its decision to drop him from the line-up after it emerged the correspondence came from members of Deirdre Morley’s family. Ms Morley killed the couple’s three children at their Dublin home in January 2020.
In a statement, the national broadcaster said it was following Broadcasting Authority Ireland (BAI) Codes and had explained its reasoning to Mr McGinley.
“We understand the immense grief of Mr McGinley and the sensitivities around this tragedy,” said the statement. “RTÉ is obliged to adhere to BAI Codes when dealing with such sensitive issues. RTÉ spoke to Mr McGinley and also wrote to him a number of weeks ago explaining our reasons not to proceed with the planned interview on The Late Late Show on Friday, 8 October.
“We have not commented on the specifics of our contacts with Mr McGinley. We have also respected the confidentiality of the representations we received from other family members.
“RTÉ gave due consideration to all of this in light of our obligations under the relevant BAI Codes and understand it is extremely sensitive.”
It is understood the broadcaster decided not to proceed with the interview on the basis that representation from some members of Ms Morley’s family fell under its obligation to adhere to the “protection from harm” principle of the BAI code of programme standards.
Last night Mr McGinley said he was “none the wiser” in relation to the explanation given by RTÉ and that, although he felt he would never appear on The Late Late Show, he is open to talking to its representatives about what happened.
“I was invited on to talk about a charity and a kids’ colouring competition,” he said.
“How that would upset anyone I don’t know. If me appearing on TV is upsetting people then my appearance on Virgin media this morning(Thursday) will upset those same people. I am none the wiser about the reasoning behind what happened, even in light of RTÉ’s statement.
“I feel that there is more to this and I would welcome a conversation with RTÉ about it. I don’t think I will ever be invited on the show again, but I would like to have a full understanding of the facts that led to what happened.
“I would be willing to meet with the decision makers in relation to that.”
Deirdre Morley took the lives of her sons Conor McGinley (9) and Darragh McGinley (7), and daughter Carla McGinley (3), on January 24, 2020, at their home on Newcastle, Co Dublin.
She was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity in May this year and was committed to the Central Mental Hospital. Her trial heard she suffered from mental health difficulties for several years.
Ms Morley, who worked as a paediatric nurse at Crumlin Children’s Hospital, had a long history of depression and her condition had escalated to delusion and psychosis by the time she killed the children.
However, she hid the severity of her condition from those closest to her.
In the wake of the trial verdict, AndrewMr McGinley has been calling for an inquiry into his wife’s care and diagnosis prior to the children’s deaths.