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Family named following tragic murder suicide

Family named following tragic murder suicide

The family who died in today’s horror murder suicide have been named.

Clodagh Hawe, her sons Liam(13) Niall (11) and Ryan (6) were found dead today at their home in Co Cavan. 

Their father was earlier named as primary school teacher Alan Hawe.

Gardai believe that Alan Hawe stabbed his wife first, before knifing his three sons to death.

Clodagh Hawe was described as a “much loved and valued teacher” at Oristown primary school, Co Meath.

Her principal Ann O’Kelly Lynch said they were”  deeply saddened by this event.  Our sympathies and thoughts are with Clodagh’s family and friends.”

Ms  O’Kelly lynch said it was “a terrible tragedy for the families, schools and the communities involved.”

Psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) have been providing  the school with support and advice 

 “We would ask you to respect our privacy at this time. No further statement will issue at this time,” the principal added.

Five hearses arrived at the house this evening to remove the five bodies.

Assistant Commissioner John O'Driscoll said at a press conference this evening: "We are not looking for anybody else. We believe all the answers are within that house,"

"The most likely scenario is that one person in that house may have caused the death of others.

"All the circumstances will be explored."

It is understood that a relative of the family called to the home at around 10.45am this morning, and that when they were unable to gain entry they raised the alarm. Gardai arrived at the scene and gained entry.