Dad freed from prison to visit fire-horror kids
A father-of-three whose partner and children were badly injured in a suspicious fire in Dublin this week is to be allowed out of prison, where he is on remand, to visit them in hospital.
Michael Lynch (33) was granted compassionate bail at Dublin Circuit Court today to visit his critically-ill eight-year-old son, who is in a serious condition in intensive care at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. He will also visit his seriously-ill seven-year-old daughter in the Intensive Care Unit of Temple Street Children's University Hospital.
Lynch's partner Maggie Greene also remains in a critical condition at St James's Hospital after the blaze broke out at the flat in the Inchicore area at about 11pm on Monday night. Gardaí are treating the fire as suspicious. The couple's eldest child, 13-year-old John, was released from hospital the following day.
Lawyers for the State had objected to bail on the grounds that Lynch has 121 previous convictions. A sister of the accused, Anne Lynch, told the court that she would collect her brother at 12pm from Cloverhill, bring him to the two children's hospitals and drop him back to prison by 7.30pm on Saturday.