Monday 23 April 2018

We are right to feel angry in the face of these deaths

The horror of Ballyjamesduff lessened us all, but sympathy for the perpetrator is misplaced

The five hearses carrying the remains of the Hawe Family, Alan and Clodagh and their three children as they made their way to St Mary's Church Castlerahan near Ballyjamesduff Photo: Frank McGrath
The five hearses carrying the remains of the Hawe Family, Alan and Clodagh and their three children as they made their way to St Mary's Church Castlerahan near Ballyjamesduff Photo: Frank McGrath

Shane Dunphy

As I write this, a second note has been found by police in the home of the Hawe family in Ballyjamesduff. This message offers us, according to reports from investigators, insight into the state of mind of Alan Hawe (40), the father of Ryan (6), Niall (11) and Liam (15), and husband to Clodagh (39), whom we now know beyond doubt he killed before taking his own life.

Is it wrong of me to say that, if I'm honest, I don't really care what the note says?

I don't think it matters, you see. What matters is that three children and their mother, who all deserved so much better, are dead. The contents of a suicide note aren't going to change that.

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