Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney said the country’s thoughts are with the family of the three siblings killed in Tallaght on Sunday.
Describing twins Christy and Chelsea Cawley, 8, as “two beautiful children,” Coveney also recalled her older sister Lisa Cash, 18, who was killed in a violent attack at her home in Tallaght on Sunday morning.
A man is in Garda custody in connection with the triple murder and the siblings’ 14-year-old brother remains hospitalized and is being treated for injuries sustained in the incident.
The children’s mother is being cared for by family and friends who were discharged from hospital yesterday.
“Like so many others. I was just so shocked to read what happened to two beautiful children and a young teenage girl.
“And I think all the parents who are taking their kids to school this week will be listening to your show this morning [will be shocked].
“I think it left a lot of people stunned and of course the Tallaght community, the school communities and of course the family and friends of the deceased.
“This is truly an incredibly shocking, shocking, tragic time. I just wanted to say that our thoughts are with you, I think I can speak for a lot of people in saying that,” Mr Coveney said on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.
Kevin Shortall, the principal at St Aidan’s School, where Lisa Cash did her leaving cert, said the local community was shocked after the horrific killings.
“We all just meet up and shake our heads and hug each other and things like that.
“It’s a very difficult tomorrow but it’s also good that we can be together and communities like ours, that’s what happens when people reach out and understand each other,” Mr Shortall said on the same programme.
“Anyone who knows our community here in Brookfield knows how strong it is, how strong the bonds are between the school and the community. “And like in times like these, although this is unprecedented and you know nothing like this has happened before, and times of great sadness and great tragedy.
“People come to their school, people meet their teachers, people make chaplains and counselors and school support team members and so on. And that’s how we deal with these things,” Mr Shortall said.
The Headmaster at St Aidan said Lisa was very well liked and respected by her peers and within the school.
“People sent me messages about Lisa all day yesterday.
“She was a quiet, beautiful young girl. very diligent, diligent and got on with her work, was a great support to her friends, was a great support to her friends in difficult times. I heard that from a number of people yesterday and she has been working very hard on her diploma and as you know and as any listener will know, during difficult times during Covid.
“She will be remembered as one of the most honest, genuine young people with integrity and no fuss, no drama around her. Goed about her business, was well appreciated and very fondly remembered by so many staff here at the school.
“I couldn’t get over the things people were saying about her. Just a lovely, lovely person.
“Very tall, well regarded and will be missed terribly and also a beautiful big sister to her brothers and sisters. I think she was babysitting at the time and that would have been something she was just so good at and you know, she was the kind of person you could trust,” Mr Shortall said.
https://www.independent.ie/news/foreign-affairs-minister-simon-coveney-pays-tribute-to-beautiful-children-killed-in-tallaght-41961477.html Secretary of State Simon Coveney pays tribute to ‘beautiful children’ killed in Tallaght