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Loyal dad visits Dwyer on first day of life sentence

Crime DeskBy Eamon Dillon
Our man with Sean Dwyer
Our man with Sean Dwyer

THE sight of a forlorn man walking slowly towards the prison gates in the spring rain captures the pain and loss caused by Elaine O’Hara’s murder.

Even now, after Graham Dwyer has been found guilty of the macabre murder, Sean Dwyer remains loyal to his son.

He has been a regular visitor to Cloverhill Prison, where the architect has been held in custody since his arrest in October 2013.

Yesterday Sean’s face registered a sad smile when approached by the Sunday World outside the grim west Dublin lock-up.

He slowly shook his head and raised his hand, declining to make any comment, yet remained friendly and affable.

Throughout the nine-week trial Sean has been a constant supporter of his son, regularly flanked by his daughter Mandy Wroblewski.

It is likely that Graham Dwyer will spend at least 30 years behind bars ,going by the length of time other sexually motivated killers have spent in jail.

Luckily for Dwyer, his parents Sean and Susan and family have remained steadfast in their support.

Just three weeks after his initial arrest, his father Sean was willing to put up €25,000 surety for a bail bond. It is not the only time in his life the Bandon man has made sacrifices for his son.

He worked two jobs to help fund young Graham through the seven years of college it takes to qualify as an architect. 

But yesterday he looked like one more victim of a crime unparalleled in the collateral damage it has caused to many families. The Dwyers are a popular family in their native Cork, where the people of Bandon have a lot of sympathy for Sean and Graham’s mother Susan. 

The only comment from Dwyer after the verdict on Friday came through his solicitor.

It didn’t refer to Elaine O’Hara or her family or show any recognition of the pain he caused both the O’Hara family and his own.

It read:

“I wish to take this opportunity to formally thank my legal team, my solicitor Jonathan Dunphy, senior counsel Remy Farrell, barrister Ronan Kennedy and Kate McCormack for their work and dedication since 2013.

“I also wish to thank my family, friends and colleagues for their continued unwavering support throughout this period.”

“To the members of the media, I am grateful for the privacy you have afforded both my family and people close to me during the trial. I now respectfully ask that you continue to respect their privacy and I confirm that there will be no further comment by my family or myself concerning this case whatsoever.”