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Huge Support Grieving Andrew McGinley says he just wants 'world to know' about his children

Andrew was dropped from the Late Late Show following a complaint that watching him discuss his late children could be 'traumatic'


Dad Andrew with Conor, Darragh and Carla

Dad Andrew with Conor, Darragh and Carla

Dad Andrew with Conor, Darragh and Carla

Andrew McGinley has said that he just wants the world to know about his children after it was revealed that he was dropped from the Late Late show line-up at the last minute.

Andrew was due to appear on the Late Late show on October 8th to promote the charity, however he was dropped from the line-up last minute after a complaint.

The complainant told RTÉ it “could be a painful and traumatic experience” to hear Andrew discussing his deceased children, who died at the hands of their mother, Deirdre Morley, on January 24th 2020.

She was found not guilty of their murders by reason of insanity and committed to the Central Mental Hospital.

Taking to Twitter, Andrew thanked his followers for their messages of support.

“Thanks for your messages. I just want the world to know about Conor, Darragh & Carla.”

In his tweet, the grieving father added a link to a charity raffle in aid of As Darragh Did, a campaign Andrew set up in memory of his son aged 7 and defended the potential of appearing on the national talk show.

“Dee is aware of what I’m doing. Her legal team have asked that I do not speak about any medical records not included in the trial. I never will,” he said.

As Darragh Did is a charity set up in memory of Andrew’s son Darragh aged 7. The charity aims to fund local clubs, groups and projects with donations to be used to encourage participation in sports, as Darragh was involved with GAA and Hurling.

Andrew also set up Conor’s Clips on YouTube to fulfil his nine-year-old son Conor’s dream of having his own YouTube channel.

Andrew’s 3-year-old daughter wanted to build a snowman, but because it doesn’t snow in Ireland very often, Mr McGinley organised a colouring competition ‘Snowman for Carla’.

This morning, the Dubliner continued sharing the love for his late children as posted images to Twitter of precious memories.

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“Memories #OnThisDay 2019. Carla had some toast with her jam,” he wrote, adding a snap of his youngest child enjoying her breakfast two years ago.

“The Pirates of the ‘Carrots & Beans’ were seeking a cookie jar to plunder #OnThisDay 2015,” he said in another tweet, sharing a picture of his two sons Darragh and Conor playing dress-up.

Speaking to Irish Independent about being removed from the Late Late Show bill in October, Andrew said he would have been ‘conscious’ of what he was discussing on the programme.

“I was informed by RTÉ that they had received a letter which said that it could be a painful and traumatic experience to see me talking about Conor, Darragh and Carla on the Late Late Show.”

“Many people who knew the children well were looking forward to the show, especially many of the kids’ friends who were being allowed to stay up to watch them being talked about with Ryan.”

“I would have been conscious of that but I only speak with love when I talk about Conor, Darragh and Carla.”


Andrew wants to ensure the memories of Darragh, Conor and Carla McGinley are not forgotten

Andrew wants to ensure the memories of Darragh, Conor and Carla McGinley are not forgotten

Andrew wants to ensure the memories of Darragh, Conor and Carla McGinley are not forgotten

Yesterday, Fine Gael Senator Micheál Carrigy called for RTE to give clarity on the matter.

“How many complaints have they received in relation to other guests, and have they taken similar actions as a result of these communications? Should this not just be an editorial matter for the Late Late staff rather than for members of the public to decide who appears on the show?” he asked.

“RTÉ has so far refused to comment on this issue, but they must now come out and outline their exact reasoning for their decision to remove Mr McGinley from the show,” Carrigy continued, further stating: “Full transparency and clarity is needed when it comes to the actions of our national broadcaster.”

The Late Late show had no comment when contacted by Sunday World.

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