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25th Jan 2023

Andrew McGinley honours his children on their third anniversary

Kat O'Connor

His children died three years ago.

Andrew McGinley has paid tribute to his three children following their third anniversary.

His three children Conor, Darragh, and Carla were killed by their mother Deirdre Morley at their family home in Newcastle.

However, she was not found guilty by reason of insanity.

His children were found dead on January 24th, 2020.

Deirdre Morley is currently being treated at Dublin’s Central Mental Hospital after she was found not guilty of the children’s murders.

Speaking on his children’s anniversary, Mr. McGinley said more needs to be done to prevent similar tragedies from happening.

“It’s been 3 years since Conor, Darragh, and Carla died. Three years and no changes have been made to Mental Health Laws.

“No changes made to policies or procedures.”

Andrew said lessons should’ve been learned from his children’s deaths.

The dad said he is “filled with love every day for Conor, Darragh, and Carla”.

However, he is “angry that no changes have been made to prevent similar tragedies.”

He said too many children have died because these changes haven’t been made.

60 children were killed by parents with mental health issues since 2000.

“One child should have been one too many. A change could be made today,” he added.

Mr. McGinley called on the HSE as well as the Mental Health Commission of Ireland to make vital changes.

He also said we need to introduce these changes before it is too late.

Mr. McGinley said families and mental health patients deserve more support in Ireland.

“Change could be made tomorrow to policies and procedures to better help patients and support families.”