“There are no words, only devastation,” Heartbroken dad describes grief

by Padraig Conlon

“Every breath is a struggle”

The anguished words of grief stricken father Andrew McGinley spoke of his utter devastation at the loss of his three little children.

Last Friday night Conor (9), Darragh (7) and their little Carla McGinley (3) had been found dead in their home at Parson’s Court, Newcastle.

Andrew McGinley was the first person to discover the aftermath of the tragic incident when he returned home that night.

Along with a statement issued on Tuesday morning, McGinley also released a family photograph which included his wife, Deirdre Morley, who has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of their three children.

Deirdre Morley has been undergoing treatment in Tallaght hospital for a suspected overdose after she was found wandering in a disoriented state shortly before the shocking discovery of the three children’s lifeless bodies in the family home.

Confirming the arrest on Tuesday night, a Garda spokesperson said: “A woman in her 40s has been arrested on suspicion of murder, in relation to the discovery of the bodies of three children at a property in Parson’s Court, Newcastle, County Dublin on 24/1/2020.

The woman arrested was found at the scene and has been receiving medical attention at Tallaght University Hospital following the incident.

“She is currently detained at Clondalkin Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.”

In his statement released earlier on Tuesday through An Garda Siochana, Andrew McGinley had spoken of his devastation as he urged parents to make the most of every moment with their children.

“There are no words.

“There is only devastation, grief and anguish.

“Every breath is a struggle. Conor, Darragh and Carla are adored.

“They all had beautiful, bright futures ahead of them with family, friends and a community who love them.

“To all parents, cuddle your children whenever you get a chance, tell them how much you love them as often as you can, spend every spare minute with them reading, playing and enjoying their wonderfulness.

“The future has now become our enemy but we will battle it every day to keep the memory of Conor, Darragh and Carla alive.”

The results of toxicology tests on Conor, Darragh and Carla, are expected later this week.

Due to the inconclusive findings from the post mortem, gardai are hoping the results will explain how the three young children died.

A Garda spokesperson issued the following request:

“An Garda Siochana reinforces our request on behalf of the family that media give the family privacy at this time and report on this incident sensitively.”

Heartbroken residents in Newcastle have set up a GoFundMe campaign to support the McGinley family.

It has been started by a member of Newcastle Community, along with the ReNewcastle Community Group.

The group say they are in touch with the family, who are aware of the campaign and are “very thankful”.

By Wednesday morning €17,000 has been raised.

If any of our readers would like to contribute to the fund they can go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/mcginley-family-newcastle

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