Saturday 21 September 2019

Ten years on, siblings of slain Celine to speak at Women's Aid conference

Businesswoman Celine Cawley was killed in December 2008
Businesswoman Celine Cawley was killed in December 2008
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

The brother and sister of Celine Cawley, the businesswoman killed by her husband Eamon Lillis, will address a Women's Aid conference as the 10th anniversary of her death approaches.

Chris Cawley and Susanna Cawley have been included on the panel of speakers for the launch of Women's Aid Femicide Watch 2018.

It takes place on Friday in Dublin and will hear calls for reviews into domestic killing.

Celine Cawley (46) was killed by her husband at their home in Howth, Co Dublin, on December 15, 2008.

The mother of one, who ran a successful TV production company, was killed by a series of blows to the head.

Lillis (61) was jailed for six years in 2010 for the manslaughter of his wife but was released in 2015.

He was found not guilty of her murder after a high-profile trial.

Chris Cawley has previously said the battle with Lillis over his sister's estate - once valued at €4m - was "distress upon distress".

The family have since campaigned for the introduction of 'Celine's Law' to prevent people convicted of manslaughter from benefiting from their crimes.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris will also address the conference on new responses by the force to make women and children safer.

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty and international expert on domestic homicide Dr Jane Monckton Smith are among the others who will address the conference.

Domestic violence survivor and advocate Jessica Bowes will also address those in attendance.

Irish Independent

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