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Saturday 10 December 2016

Time served by Lillis was far too lenient, says murder victim's mum

Rose and Jim Callaly pictured with favourite pictures of their daughter Rachel, at their home in Dublin.
Rose and Jim Callaly pictured with favourite pictures of their daughter Rachel, at their home in Dublin.

THE mother of murdered Rachel O'Reilly has spoken out about the short sentence served by Eamonn Lillis for manslaughter.

Lillis (57) will walk out of jail after serving five years for bludgeoning his wife Celine Cawley (46) on the patio of the couple's home on Windgate Road, Howth in December 2008.

Rose Callaly said that she feels deeply for Celine's family after the release of the wife-killer.

Mrs Callaly's daughter Rachel (30) was murdered by her husband Joe O'Reilly who received a life sentence in 2007.

"My first thoughts are with her (Celine's) family because only in a situation like that somebody can understand the pain," Rose said. "They can't negotiate their sentence.

"I can empathise with her family, they must be going through hell, my deepest sympathies are with them."

Mrs Callaly said she believes Lillis's sentence was "far too lenient".

"They should really have to do a sentence that fits the crime," she said.

The heartbroken mother also said she would like to see a family buying Rachel's home in Naul, Co Dublin.

"I'd like to see some family being happy in it," Mrs Callaly said. "God love Rachel, she started out with her dreams in it and it was never to be."

"I would love to think that some family would appreciate it and be able to raise a family there."

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