Limerick woman accused of murder remanded until March 16

The State has been given more time to complete a book of evidence in the case of a Limerick woman accused of IRA membership and the murder a father-of-two in west Dublin in November.

The State has been given more time to complete a book of evidence in the case of a Limerick woman accused of IRA membership and the murder 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 9mm ammunition, on a date between November 25 and December 14, 2011 at Tolka Cottage, Old Navan Road, Dublin 15 and 25 rounds of 9mm ammunition, at Naas Road, in Dublin, on December 15.

At her next appearance, on February 24, she made no reply when she was further charged under the Offences Against the State Act 1939 with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise IRA, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, at Cherry Orchard Avenue, on November 28 last.

The DPP has already decided that the “ordinary courts will not suffice and that the return for trial should be to the Special Criminal Court”.

Today a state solicitor told Judge Brian Sheridan that the book of evidence was not yet completed and more time was needed due to an outstanding pathology report.

Defence solicitor Cahir O'Higgins said his client has been in custody on remand since December 20 last. Efforts were being made to prepare a bail application, and she does not want to be in custody, he said.

Judge Sheridan further remanded her in custody to appear again on March 16 next pending the completion of the book of evidence.

Dressed in a black top and short skirt, boots and a cardigan Ms Lynch did not address the court at the brief hearing. She smiled and waved to family and friends in the public gallery before she left the courtroom.

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