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Deirdre Morley with husband Andrew McGinley and their three young children Conor, Darragh and Carla

Deirdre Morley with husband Andrew McGinley and their three young children Conor, Darragh and Carla

Deirdre Morley with husband Andrew McGinley and their three young children Conor, Darragh and Carla

A MOTHER charged with murdering her young daughter and two sons has been further remanded in custody while the prosecution prepares its case.

Deirdre Morley (43) was charged after the bodies of her children Conor (9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3) McGinley were discovered in the family home at Parson’s Court in Newcastle, west Dublin on January 24.

Today was her fourth court date on the charges and Judge Dermot Dempsey remanded her further in custody in her absence.

Ms Morley, who is detained at the Central Mental Hospital, consented to the adjournment, Dublin District Court heard.

A state solicitor told the court a file was awaited. Directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions have not yet been given.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy said he had received instructions yesterday evening and there was consent to the case being put back for a month.

Judge Dempsey remanded the accused in custody in her absence to April 29. He confirmed at Mr Dunphy's request that there was a report on file from the CMH.

Mr Morley had been previously remanded in custody in her absence for continued medical and psychiatric assessment, after a sick note was presented in court.

On an earlier date, Mr Dunphy said there was an issue in relation to his client's fitness to face court.

Ms Morley, who has worked as a nurse at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, was found by a taxi driver near her home shortly before her children’s bodies were discovered. She was treated for several days at Tallaght University Hospital.

The children’s father, Andrew McGinley, arrived home at the same time gardaí and paramedics reached the house. When they went inside they found the three children dead.

A funeral for the McGinley children in Rathcoole on January 31 drew some 1,000 mourners.

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