'My daughter is a good Republican – I'm proud of her'
THE father of a female assassin has told how he will stand by his daughter, after she pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to murdering a father of two in his driveway.
Rose Lynch (50) gave a clenched fist salute and exclaimed: "Mna na hEireann, tiocfaidh ar la" as she was led into custody after unexpectedly pleading guilty to the murder of delivery driver David Darcy (39) on the day her trial was due to begin.
The call was returned by shouts of "you should be ashamed of yourself" and "scumbag" from the public gallery.
Speaking after the brief hearing at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin, her father, the head of one faction of Republican Sinn Fein, Joe Lynch (72), said his daughter was a "great woman" and a "Republican".
"I support my daughter and I'm the proudest man today as I was the day she came into the world," the Limerick man said, adding the whole family was behind her. "She is a very strong woman and she brings her strength from her commitment to the Republican movement."
Republican Sinn Fein is regarded by gardai as the political wing of the Continuity IRA – a claim it denies.
Mr Lynch said his daughter had pleaded guilty as she "would not deny her membership of the Irish Republic Army. For to deny membership of the Republican Army, she felt she would be doing a dishonour to the volunteers who died on hunger strike."
Mr Lynch said: "I'm very proud of my daughter. My daughter was born into a Republican family, my daughter joined Fianna Eireann at the age of five.
"She sold the Republican newspaper in Limerick city openly on the streets; when she became of age, she joined Cumann na mBan.
"Then she became a volunteer for the Irish Republican Army. Anything the Irish Republican Army asked her to do, she done like any Republican would."
Mr Lynch said: "As far as I'm concerned, as long as there are British soldiers in this country, there'll be people like my daughter."