Dad haunted by son's last words to mum as she killed their three children

Andrew McGinley of Ireland said he could never let his wife, Deirdre Morley, into their house again after she suffocated their children at the ages of nine, seven and three.

Deirdre Morley, 43, and Andrew McGinley with their three children (

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A devastated father whose wife killed their three children told how their deaths haunted them.

Andrew McGinley has vowed never to return Ms. Deirdre Morley to his home after she is discharged from hospital in the Republic of Ireland.

The 44-year-old nurse killed her children Conor, 9, Darragh, 7 and Carla, 3 by suffocating them in her Co Dublin home in January 2020.

Little Conor begged, “Stop it, mom, what are you doing?” when Morley put a bag on his head, a court heard during their trial.

Believing that there is “no future” for him and his wife, Mr. McGinley shared how little Conor’s final words haunt him.

He said that Irish mirror : “As for Deirdre, I find it very difficult because I only hear Conor’s last words. They reverberate in my head quite often.

Deirdre Morley suffocated her three children at the ages of nine, seven and three


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“So there is probably no future for me and Dee. It can never be normal for either of us. I know that I have completely changed as a person. “

Morley was found not guilty of murder on the grounds of madness and was admitted to the Central Mental Hospital.

It is believed that she could be discharged after just five years if doctors confirm that she is mentally fine.

Carla McGinley with her father Andrew McGinley

Mr. McGinley said, “If I can help your healthcare team or your legal team in any way, I am happy to and she knows it.

“I think there is some path to recovery for her. I think I have great confidence in her current treatment team.

“I’ve spoken to them and this is probably the first time I’ve looked into their treatment.”

Mr McGinley said he had many questions about the care of his wife that led to the tragedy and believed that she should have had help since 2018.

He recently received Morley’s medical records with her approval from the Health Service Executive and St. Patrick’s Mental Health Service, where she was treated prior to the murders.

Mr McGinley said photos show how the trio had a happy childhood


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But the father told of his anger after the files returned from the hospital, heavily edited.

He added, “I am trying to find answers and looking at edited pages. I can’t tell them my feelings with what they gave me.

“We requested the records. Dee gave her consent and that’s what they sent – blacked out reports that are of virtually no use to anyone. “

Mr McGinley shared how he felt overwhelmed on the birthday of his three year old daughter, Carla, and does not want to focus on her anniversary.

Andrew McGinley said he was haunted by his son’s last words


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He added, “It seems like it was only six months ago. The two years just passed me by. I have the feeling that time has stood still.

“If I try to do little things every day, it just helps me more than concentrating on something big on your anniversary.”

The heartbroken father said that he often visits his children’s grave, although it is very difficult.

He recently shared pictures of the children on day trips, including a fond memory in Glendalough.

“I feel more comfortable going back to places we’ve been instead of being in the grave,” he said.

“I think these clips that I uploaded show that they had a happy childhood and were loved by both of us.

“I still don’t understand how we got from where we are now.”

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