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Murder accused to be moved closer to family

THE woman charged with murdering a man shot dead outside his home as he prepared to go to work will be moved closer to her family in time for Christmas.

Rose Lynch (49), of Oakleigh Wood, Limerick, made her second appearance in front of Dublin District Court yesterday for a short hearing.

She is charged with murdering David Darcy (39), who was shot three times while sitting in his van outside his home on Cherry Orchard Avenue, Ballyfermot, Co Dublin, last month.

Mr Darcy had no known criminal links.

Garda Detective Inspector Colm O'Malley yesterday made an application to the court for Ms Lynch to be remanded in custody for a further month.

Cahir O'Higgins, solicitor for Ms Lynch, said that he had no difficulty with the application.

However, he requested that his client be moved from the Dochas centre to be closer to her family.

He said that his client was a prisoner that would attract "special status," but did not go into details about why this was the case. He added: "All of her family are in Limerick."

Mr O'Higgins said that a video link could be set up to deal with any transportation issues.

Judge Denis McLoughlin made a recommendation that Ms Lynch be transported to Limerick Prison to appear via video link. She was remanded in custody to appear again on January 20, 2012.

Friends and family members of Mr Darcy were present in court for the hearing.

At a previous appearance, Ms Lynch was granted free legal aid. A request for medical treatment while in custody was also granted. The court was told that the medical treatment was "potentially" necessary for the suspect.

A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service said he could not comment on individual cases.

It is understood that such a recommendation from a judge is typically carried out within a day.

Irish Independent