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Women for Women : How a murdered woman became invisible in the coverage of her death

by on September 4, 2016 in Ireland, Lead Article, News you can use, Special Issue, Women for Women

The Guardian reported on Monday that five members of the same family, had been found dead at a house in Co Cavan, Ireland in what police were treating as a case of murder-suicide.

It transpired that a school vice-principal, Alan Hawe, has stabbed his wife, Clodagh, to death along with his three sons – Liam, 13, Niall, 11, and six-year-old Ryan – before killing himself. Clodagh was also a teacher.

Hawe was reported to have left a letter explaining his reasons. But Irish media outlets continued to ask why he had done it, and the nature of the coverage prompted Dublin-based writer, Linnea Dunne, to ask questions of her own in a blog article headlined “Rest in peace, invisible woman.”

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