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Wealthy wife-killer Lillis left his daughter €600 when he was jailed

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Eamonn Lillis

Eamonn Lillis

Georgia Lillis

Georgia Lillis

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Eamonn Lillis

The daughter of wife-killer Eamonn Lillis was left just €600 by her father to last her five years when he was carted off to jail.

Lillis (57) told his daughter Georgia before he went to jail that everything was in order and there was nothing to worry about, and that he had everything organised

"But the only thing that he organised on the day he left for jail was a note, black bins on a Tuesday, and brown bins on a Thursday, and something about vaccinating the dog. There was nothing about bank accounts, the deeds, properties, wills, nothing," said Susanna Cawley, the sister of Celine, who was brutally killed by Lillis.

Lillis was sentenced to a jail term of six years and 11 months in 2010 for the manslaughter of his wife, Celine Cawley (46), at their home in Windgate Road, Howth in north Dublin in December 2008.

Her family were delighted when last week the Law Reform Commission announced that it is reviewing the law aimed at preventing a husband or wife retaining property they own jointly with their spouse if they have killed them. Since the death of his wife, Lillis has pocketed the €600,000 proceeds of the successful media company that Celine founded, plus his €450,000 pension as an employee of the company.

He has amassed hundreds of thousands more euro from his 50pc share of the sale of their joint assets, including the couple's family home in Howth, a holiday home in France, and an investment property in Sutton.

However, a High Court judgement in 2011 saw Ms Justice Mary Laffoy rule that Celine Cawley's share in the property should be held in trust for their daughter Georgia. University student Georgia, who went to live with her aunts and uncles, is now in her early 20s.

"She's unbelievable. She has come such a long way in the past week.

"You know, to be able to hold your head high at last, rather than having all of this misery," said Susanna.

"I know that Celine would be very, very pleased about this," she said.

The family told how they found solace in their communities following their loss.

fdillon@herald.ie


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