A man replied “no comment” when he was charged with the murder of his three siblings over the weekend, a court heard last night.
Chelsea and Christy Cawley, 8, and her older sister Lisa Cash, 18, died just after midnight on Sunday following a violent incident at their home in Tallaght.
Gardaí arrested a man at the Rossfield Avenue property.
The man has been questioned for the past two days and last night Andy Cash, 24, from Rossfield Avenue, appeared before a special session of Dublin District Court amid a heavy Garda presence.
He is charged with the murder of his brother and two sisters at their home on Sunday September 4th.
Garda Robert Whitty gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution. The court heard Mr Cash reply “no comment” when presented with each charge.
His defense attorney requested a psychological evaluation and solitary confinement for his client.
Judge Patricia McNamara said it was up to the prison governor, but added that it was being noted.
An application for free legal aid was also granted.
After his appearance, Judge McNamara remanded the accused as an application for bail for murder can only be granted by the High Court.
Mr Cash will appear at Cloverhill Circuit Court via video link at 10am on Friday.
Following Sunday’s incident, the siblings’ mother, who was in her 40s and was not at the property at the time, was also hospitalized.
She was released and is supported by her family.
At a vigil on Rossfield Avenue yesterday afternoon, Christy, Chelsea and Lisa’s grandfather Martin McDonagh found solace among the hundreds of family members, friends, neighbors and schoolmates who attended a vigil outside their home.
Mr McDonagh was among the mourners who cried, prayed and silently paid tribute to the children. “It’s nice of you to come,” said Mr. McDonagh. “I’m at a loss for words right now, but it helps a little.”
The housing development came to a standstill as people gathered outside the terraced house to mourn its loss.
Mourners released balloons and brought floral tributes, teddy bears and a collection of toy cars to a makeshift shrine outside the home, which remains sealed while forensic investigators continue to examine the crime scene.
A garden wall lined with votive candles bore hand-drawn tributes from local children with simple, heartbroken messages including: “We miss you Chelsea and Christy.”
The twins’ schoolmates, who were still in their school uniforms, wept openly as they stared in disbelief at posters showing smiling pictures of Lisa, Chelsea and Christy under the captions ‘Our Best Friends’ and ‘Our Three Angels’ , while Whitney Houstons I will Always Love You played softly in the background.
Neighbors from the development and from across Tallaght braved the rain to pay tribute to the victims and offer their condolences.
Keith Doherty, 27, and his partner Shannon McSherry, 26, who lives at the Rossfield estate, brought their seven-month-old son, Frankie James, to show their solidarity with the grieving family.
“We are all in shock,” Mr Doherty said. “It is the worst tragedy that Tallaght has ever met.
“I didn’t know the family personally but a lot of people made it a point to come out and support them.
“Hopefully they can take some comfort from that.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/tallaght-killings-brother-24-appears-in-court-charged-with-murders-of-twins-8-and-sister-18-41963771.html Tallaght murders: Brother, 24, appears in court for murdering twins, 8, and sister, 18