Andrew McGinley fears another tragedy like his will happen unless mental health rules are changed
Andrew McGinley says he’s worried another tragedy like his could happen unless mental health rules are urgently changed.
The grieving father whose children Conor, nine, Darragh, seven, and Carla, three, were killed by their mother Deirdre Morley last year, said he was “shocked and dismayed” that no change has taken place. has been implemented by HSE to date.
Andrew added that mental health patients should be encouraged to involve their families in their care, which has not happened with his wife.
He said: “The fact that proactive encouragement [encouraging a mental health patient to involve family in their care] was not sped up, I am shocked and dismayed that it was not.
“I think it needs to be written into law.
“I would be 99.9% sure Conor, Darragh and Carla would be alive if I had been [involved with] Dee’s care and treatment because I would have been more aware of what was really going on.
Morley was found not guilty earlier this year due to the madness of the murders of her children at their home in Newcastle, west Dublin, in January last year.
And now devoted father Andrew, who has tirelessly cherished the memories of his children through charity work and an online YouTube account, has said he fears further tragedies like the one he suffered are inevitable – unless the HSE takes urgent action on mental health care.
He added: “If the same thing happens again, I know the first person you will probably call is me.
“What I call now is nothing that Una Butler had never asked when she
children died in 2010.
“If they don’t listen to me, I imagine that in the years to come we will be talking about another tragedy.
“If they make the change, I don’t think there will be another similar tragedy.”
Andrew’s charity As Darragh Did was approved this week by the charities regulator.
This means he can finally begin his work, using funds to help sports clubs and other community groups encourage young people to get involved.
Andrew said: “I hope now that the charity is regulated, that it starts a fire again under me and I’m ready for the second round.”