Sunday 22 July 2018

One year on, grief and questions over why father killed his family

The relatives of Clodagh Hawe continue a vital conversation about murder-suicide, writes Maeve Sheehan

Brothers Niall, Liam, and Ryan
Brothers Niall, Liam, and Ryan
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

Alan Hawe, an apparently up-right schoolteacher, killed his wife, Clodagh, and their three boys in a murder-suicide a year ago on Tuesday.

The incomprehensibly brutal act generated saturation media coverage but little understanding of why he did it. Weeks after their deaths, the media moved on to other tragedies.

But Sharon O'Halloran, who runs the domestic violence organisation, SAFE Ireland, says we still do not know enough. "We may think everything that needs to be said has been said. But it hasn't,'' she wrote. ''We have to keep the conversation going and we have to have it in a way that includes everyone in this country."

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