Andrew McGinley is “surprised” when his wife, who killed three children, is being considered for a partial discharge from Central Mental Hospital

DEIRDRE Morley, who killed her three children, has applied for partial release from Central Mental Hospital.

The children’s father, Andrew McGinley, confirmed to the Irish Independent that he was aware of the development, adding he was “surprised” to hear she could be considered for the program so soon.

Conor (9), Darragh (7) and Carla McGinley (3) died in January 2020 at their family home in Dublin. Ms Morley was found not guilty by reason of insanity in May last year and has been treating the hospital since then.

At her trial, two medical professionals testified that Ms. Morley met criteria for insanity.

Mr McGinley has been informed by the HSE in recent weeks that Ms Morley has applied for a community release program.

He told that Irish Independent He was “surprised” to hear that she could be considered for such a program so soon.

Mr McGinley was told he could register as a “victim” and alert others affected by the tragedy that they could do the same.

He has set up “exclusion zones” where Ms Morley is not allowed to go if she is granted partial release. However, as he does not currently know whether she is being treated at the HSE facility in Dundrum or Portrane, he does not know if the zones he has provided will help him avoid a chance encounter.

“I have a friend who lives in Donabate and we often go for walks on Donabate beach…. I’ve only met Deirdre once in person since then, and it was very difficult. It’s extremely difficult for me to think about meeting her. I can’t imagine it and I know other people would feel the same way.”

Mr McGinley said after the trial he was given access to Deirdre’s medical records, which contained details about the murders that he “wish he didn’t know”.

He expressed his continued frustration at finding answers to his children’s “whys.”

Mr McGinley has attempted to reach out to people involved in the process and while some have provided him with clarification, he is still awaiting feedback from some of the experts involved.

Mr McGinley said regardless of how he feels, it will ultimately be the “doctor’s decision” whether or not Ms Morley is allowed to participate in the community release scheme.

“For the deed to be an act of insanity, I have a hard time imagining how an insane mind can be repaired in three years. When they tell me three years is enough time to cure insanity, I find that difficult,” he said.

“If you think about how the kids died, I’m not a medical professional so I just don’t know.

“I want the people who are making this decision to understand that they are responsible and that the responsibility for the decision is theirs.”

Mr McGinley has still not received death certificates for his three children, the HSE review of the case is ongoing and a scheduled coroner’s hearing has been postponed several times.


Andrew McGinley with his children Carla (3), Conor (9) and Darragh (7)

The HSE review is expected to be completed “before or after Christmas” and Mr McGinley believes that both the review and the coroner’s trial should be completed before Ms Morley’s application is considered.

Andrew said preserving Conor, Darragh and Carla’s shared legacy is what “keeps me going” and “gets him out of bed in the morning”.

A big part of this is the three projects he runs for each of his children.

Mr McGinley’s middle child, Darragh, was heavily involved in local activities in the Newcastle area of ​​Dublin where they lived. As a result, Mr McGinley started a charity called As Darragh Did.

The As Darragh Did charity cycle from Maynooth to Galway takes place over the weekend of 31st March 2023. Interested parties can email:

Mr McGinley has also set up a YouTube channel for Conor, the eldest, called Conor’s Clips.

Meanwhile, Mr McGinley’s ‘Carla’s Snowman’ painting competition, which he is running with the Irish Independent, is entering its second year.

Mr McGinley promised Carla in November 2019 that he would help her build a snowman when she was a little bigger.

“It was snowing lightly then and Carla asked me to build her a snowman. I managed to scrape together enough snow to make one about a foot tall. I remember Carla looking at him like she was going to think, ‘I thought snowmen were bigger than that,'” said Mr. McGinley.

He promised they would when the next snowfall came, but he was heartbroken when the children were killed three months later.

The competition was well received this year with more than 1,400 entries. The winners will be announced in the Irish Independent next Thursday.

This will be the third Christmas Andrew will spend without Conor, Darragh and Carla. He will spend Christmas Day with friends and visit his children’s graves this morning.

Mr McGinley said his “Christmas wish” for everyone is that they “don’t have to be at your children’s graves on a Christmas morning, but I want to.”

“We all loved Christmas and that was the thing,” he added.

“For the past few years I’ve been with my family and they’ve been so good to me, but for the past few years I’ve felt like Christmas was happening around me and I wasn’t a part of it. So this year I’m trying to reclaim Christmas a little bit more.

“I even bought myself a Lego gift because if you just bought the boys Legos for Christmas they would be absolutely delighted. So I bought myself a Lego gift that will keep me busy. I’m just trying to reclaim it as a happy time… I think they would want me to enjoy it. Andrew McGinley is “surprised” when his wife, who killed three children, is being considered for a partial discharge from Central Mental Hospital

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