IRA charge for murder rap woman

An IRA membership charge has been brought against a Limerick woman accused of murdering a father-of-two in west Dublin in November.

An IRA membership charge has been brought against a Limerick woman accused of murdering a father-of-two in west Dublin in November.

David Darcy, who was in his late 30s and had no known criminal links, was shot while he was sitting in his van at Cherry Orchard Avenue, on the morning of November 28 last.

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

On December 20, Rose Lynch (aged 49) with an address at Oakleigh Wood, Limerick, made no reply when she was charged with his murder.

She had been been remanded in custody and on February 17, four more charges were brought against her.

They state that she was allegedly in possession of: a shotgun and a mark six Webley .455 calibre revolver, with intent to endanger life, at Cherry Orchard Avenue, on November 28; a Walther P1 pistol and eight rounds of nine millimetre ammunition, on a date between November 25 and December 14, 2011 at Tolka Cottage, Old Navan Road, Dublin 15 and 25 rounds of nine millimetre ammunition, at Naas Road, in Dublin, on December 15.

Today at her sixth appearance at Dublin District Court, Judge Conal Gibbons heard that another charge had been proffered against her, under Section 21 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939.

It states that she was allegedly a member of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise IRA, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, at Cherry Orchard Avenue, on November 28 last.

Detective Inspector Colm O'Malley said she made no reply to caution.

Solicitor solicitor Michael Durkan told Judge Gibbons that the DPP has directed “trial on indictment in relation to all matters”.

He also said that the DPP had decided that the “ordinary courts will not suffice and that the return for trial should be to the Special Criminal Court”.

During the hearing, Ms Lynch smiled and nodded to friends and members of her family in the public gallery.

Dressed in black trousers, a white and black striped top and black cardigan, she remained seated during the proceedings but did not address the court.

Judge Gibbons agreed to a request from defence solicitor Cahir O'Higgins to grant legal aid. Mr O'Higgins also said his client was making preparations to seek bail at a later stage.

The defendant, who has not yet indicated how she intends to plead to the charges, was remanded in custody to appear again next week pending the preparation of a book of evidence.

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