SIX staff who worked in Aras Attracta care home in Co Mayo have been charged with assault today.
The six, five women and one man, appeared before Swinford District Court sitting in Ballina this morning.
One of the accused, Joan Gill (62) of Dublin Road, Swinford, is facing five separate charges of assault.
The remaining five accused were charged with one count of assault each.
They are Pat McLoughlin (56) of Lalibela, Mayfield, Claremorris, Co Mayo; Christina Delaney (35) of Seefinn, Lissatava, Hollymount, Co Mayo; Anna Ywunong Botsimbo (34) Low Park Avenue, Charlestown Co Mayo; Joan Walsh (42) Carrowilkeen, Curry Co Sligo and Kathleen King (56) Knockshanvally Straide, Foxford in Co Mayo.
The charges relate to alleged assaults at Bungalow Three, Aras Attracta, Swinford Co Mayo which it is claimed took place on dates in November last year.
Judge Mary Devins heard that Ms Gill is charged with two assaults at the residence on November 6 of last year. She is also facing charges relating to an alleged assault on November, 8, 14 and 17 respectively.
Mr McLoughlin and Anna Botsimbo are charged with one assault each at the residence on November 14 of last year. Christina Delaney, Joan Walsh and Kathleen King allegedly carried out an assault each at the facility on November 15 last.
All six accused attended court this morning. They sat silently in the small courtroom rising briefly as their cases were called in turn. Several of the accused were visibly upset at the brief hearing.
The court heard that the cases would involve extensive amounts of material including filings and statements, CCTV and video footage. Counsel for each of the accused requested full disclosure of statements and footage.
Judge Devins put all six cases back for mention to a date in July at Swinford District Court and to fix a date thereafter.
Counsel for Ms Gill, Paul Cunney asked Judge Devins if his client needed to be in court for the next mention of the case. She replied that she does.
Counsel for five of the accused requested that applications for legal aid be deferred to a later date.
Three of the accused left the court in a car with blacked out windows while their three colleagues left on foot.