Andrew McGinley says he plans to divorce his wife who killed his three children


Andrew McGinley said he decided to divorce his wife, who killed his three children.

ndrew, whose children Conor, 9, Darragh, 7, and Carla, 3, died at the hands of their mother, Deirdre, on Jan. 24, 2020, said he is pursuing the divorce but fears he may have to sell the family home included.

Deirdre is currently in Dublin’s Central Mental Hospital after being found not guilty by insanity of murdering the children.

She has refused to speak to her husband even though he has contacted her.

Mr McGinley told he has reached a point where he wants to “move forward” with a divorce.

However, he worries it will add to the heartache families are already experiencing.

“If Deirdre contests it, I’ll have to sell the house. It’s going to be another colossal blow that I’ll have to try and cope with,” he said.

In January, Andrew brought proceedings in the High Court against the HSE, the directors of St Patrick’s Hospital and a nominated clinical psychologist.

Andrew previously said he took the legal action after he was frustrated in his efforts to get answers from the HSE about his wife’s treatment before the killings.

“I just want the truth to come out about what happened,” he said.

The development came a day after it was revealed that Andrew’s wife Deirdre Morley had started separate trials in the High Court against the accused of the same name.

Both parents’ cases relate to the medical treatment Deirdre received leading up to the children’s deaths.

Speaking of star this week, Andrew said it hurts to leave the house as it is full of memories of his children.

However, he added that he might owe her half since his wife could be released back into society in a few years and the two share a mortgage.

“If she’s looking for half the house, I have to sell the house. I will have no choice. I can’t afford to pay them off,” he said.

“I’ll have to accept that. Hopefully I’ll have time for it.”

But he says that if the situation were reversed, he would hand the house over to Deirdre without protest.

“I know I would if the shoe was on the other foot. I would go: there are the keys.”

Andrew has come to terms with the relationship he once had with Deirdre, but says everything changed after what happened.

“It’s difficult because like I said, I loved her until the 24th.

“But one thing that sticks in my mind is what came out in the court case, those were Conor’s last words.

“When I think of Dee now, I often think of Conor’s last moments and his last words, and that’s something I wish I didn’t know,” he said.

The heartbreaking final words Andrew was referring to were heard during Ms Morley’s trial last year – when it was revealed he said: ‘Stop Mammy. What are you doing?” as she put a bag on his head.

During her two-day trial, two psychiatrists testified that Ms Morley, who specialized in kidney care at Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin, was suffering from a mental disorder at the time of the three murders and met the criteria for special sentencing.

The two consulting forensic psychiatrists consulted as experts agreed that the defendant could not assess her behavior as morally wrong and could not refrain from her actions.

Ms Morley’s trial in the Central Criminal Court has been described by the state as “a desperately sad case”.

According to the study, Ms Morley had suffered from mental health problems for several years. She had a long history of depression and her condition escalated into delusions and psychosis as she killed the children.

However, she hid the seriousness of her condition from those closest to her.

Andrew has requested an inquest into her care and diagnosis prior to the children’s deaths.

Meanwhile, Andrew has just completed his first book – a children’s story based on a character created by his sons Darragh and Conor.

“These are the projects that drive me. I’ve finished my book based on a character created by Conor and Darragh called Prestin.

“I’m hoping to take this to the publishers and I have someone to help me with a synopsis and the illustrator is Caoimhe Hennessy.”

He’s also busy with his charity As Darragh Did and his Snowman for Carla competition, which also runs through September. Andrew McGinley says he plans to divorce his wife who killed his three children

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