Public coverage of Hawe deaths

Sir, – I, like everyone else in the country, was deeply shocked on hearing what happened to Clodagh, Liam, Niall and Ryan Hawe. It is beyond sadness that Ms Hawe and her beautiful boys met such a shocking and tragic end to their lives, at the hands of her husband and their father.

But is it really necessary for an inquest like this to be held openly in the coroner’s court? Is it fair to the people murdered for the chilling end to their lives to be splashed around newspapers for everyone to read? Does it change the outcome? Will the family get any relief or closure? Sadly not.

So why publicise every single detail? It is appalling. Inquests like these should be held in a closed court so that the grieving families are given the respect and privacy they deserve at such a sad time. – Yours, etc,



Greystones, Co Wicklow.