Tiocfaidh ár lá, cries woman guilty of murder

A Limerick woman has pleaded guilty to murdering a father-of-two as he sat in a van on the driveway of his home.

Rose Lynch, aged 50, gave a clenched fist salute and exclaimed “Mná na hÉireann, tiocfaidh ár lá” as she was led in to custody at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin yesterday after unexpectedly pleading guilty to the murder of David Darcy, aged 39.

The call was returned by shouts of “you should be ashamed of yourself” and “scumbag” from the public gallery.

Lynch was charged in Dec 2011 with the murder of Mr Darcy, who was shot dead while sitting in his van at Cherry Orchard Avenue on Nov 28, 2011.

Mr Darcy, who was employed as a driver for a local butcher and was originally from Ballyfermot, had been about to go to work when he was killed.

Lynch, of Oakleigh Wood, Dooradoyle, Limerick, is also charged with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA, otherwise Óglaigh na hÉireann on Nov 28, 2011.

Lynch is also charged with possession of a shotgun and revolver with intent to endanger life on the same date.

She is charged with possession of a Walther pistol and eight rounds of ammunition between Nov 25 and Dec 14, 2011, and possession of 25 rounds of 9mm ammunition at the Naas Rd, Dublin, on Dec 15, 2011.

She was arraigned on the murder count alone this morning and proffered a plea of guilty.

Paul Greene SC, for the State, asked that sentencing be held over until today as there were procedural aspects that needed to be “ironed out” by both the prosecution and defence.

He said it was also appropriate that sentencing commence today given the seriousness of the murder charge and the sensitivities associated with it.

he added he had received a victim impact report from Mr Darcy’s partner and the victim’s father was due to furnish a document.

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