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Michael Greaney stabbed wife Valerie to death and left daughter Michelle (centre) fighting for her life. She was discovered by her sister Sarah (right)

Michael Greaney stabbed wife Valerie to death and left daughter Michelle (centre) fighting for her life. She was discovered by her sister Sarah (right)

Michael Greaney stabbed wife Valerie to death and left daughter Michelle (centre) fighting for her life. She was discovered by her sister Sarah (right)

THE badly-injured daughter of murder-suicide victims, Michael and Valerie Greaney, is determined to attend their funeral despite a serious stab wound to the chest.

Michelle Greaney (21) continues to improve at Cork University Hospital (CUH) after being stabbed last Sunday in the tragic incident which claimed the lives of her father, Michael (53), and mother, Valerie (49).

Her sister, Sarah (16), escaped injury after being sent to a neighbour's house when her mother became concerned over her husband's agitated state.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalised but it is understood Mrs Greaney will be buried after Requiem Mass at St Colman's Cathedral on Friday.

It is unclear whether Mr Greaney, a Naval Service veteran, will be buried alongside his wife.

Michelle (21) is hoping to receive medical clearance to attend the funeral and support her devastated younger sister.

Michael Greaney, who suffered from severe mental health problems and launched an unprovoked attack on a woman in 2013, stabbed Michelle and Valerie before taking his own life.

He had only moved back into the family home in late October.

A consultant psychiatrist, in a submission to Cork Circuit Criminal Court in October, assessed that he did not pose a danger and could be allowed return to his O'Neill Place home in Cobh, Co Cork.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has declined to comment on the case though a review will be undertaken.

"The HSE cannot comment on an individual's case. Individuals who are committed to the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) under Section 5(2) of the Criminal Law (Insanity) Act receive treatment and care.

"Under the Act, the court has the authority to release an individual and not detain them."

Health Minister Leo Varadkar said critical incident case reviews are normal HSE practice.

"I can't really (comment) at this stage. Obviously my thoughts are with the family and with the community and I know various reports are being put in place.

"I haven't been briefed on any detail on that (review) but it would be normal practice in a critical incident for the HSE to carry out a review of some sort but I really don't particularly want to comment on it at this stage."

Mr Greaney was treated at the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) from May 2013 following the unprovoked attack on a woman after he had suffered mental health problems related to mounting business debts.

Mr Greaney was then remanded to full-time treatment at CMH again following his February 2014 assault case.

He was then treated at CMH as a full-time resident for two months.

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