Brother charged last night with the murder of three siblings

by Rose Barrett
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Twenty-four-year old Andy Cash appeared in court last night charged with the murders of his two younger sisters and brother in Tallaght over the weekend.

Gardaí were called to an incident at a residence in Rossfield Avenue after midnight on Sunday morning last where they found 18-year-old Lisa Cash, and her twin eight-year-old brother Christy and sister Chelsea Cawley, with fatal stab wounds.  

The three siblings (photographed above) were taken to Crumlin Hospital where all three were pronounced dead. A 14-year-old brother jumped from an upstairs window and raised the alarm during the frenzied attack.

Their older brother Andy Cash also with an address at Rossfield Avenue was brought before a special sitting of the Dublin District Court last night circa 9pm at the Criminal Courts of Justice.

Defence solicitor Waheed Mudah requested a psychological assessment for Mr Cash and solitary confinement while in custody. However, the judge responded this was a matter for the prison governor.

Bail cannot be granted in the district court in a murder case, and Mr Cash was granted free legal aid and remanded in custody to appear by video link at Cloverhill District Court on Friday next, September 9.

Tallaght Travellers were among the many organisations and community groups who offered heartfelt condolences to the grieving family.

Gardaí carried out extensive forensic investigations at the scene of the killings at Rossfield Avenue, Tallaght

“We are still in shock here, it has sent shock waves through the Traveller Community in Tallaght, and indeed all across the country,” said a spokesperson for the group which is based at Brookfield Road in Jobstown.

“We cannot comment on the tragedy, except to offer our sincerest sympathy and heartfelt sorrow to that hearbroken family.”

It is understood the Cash family have lived in the Tallaght area for the past 30 years.

As details emerged re the shocking and violent killings over the past 48 hours at Rossfield, the  wider Tallaght community is still reeling from the shock, says local SF Cllr Dermot Richardson.

“The community in Tallaght is numb and totally shocked from the incident, as horrific details of the killings are shared across media.

“How does a mother get over this,” he asked. “That heartbroken woman has this tragedy to deal with for the rest of her life. The community will support her as best as they can but it is going to be so hard.”

Cllr Richardson offered his condolences “to that devastated mother and brother, along with  the extended family,  and also to her neighbours in Rossfield and the wider community in Tallaght.”

Photograph An Garda Síochana

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