Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy has said she is happy to be back on Irish soil, following her deportation from the US, after charges of murdering a baby girl in her care were sensationally dropped this week.
Ms Brady McCarthy, accompanied by her sister, touched down at 6.15am this morning at Shannon Airport, off Aer Lingus flight EI134 from Boston.
Her deportation from the United States was fast-tracked after the murder charge against her was dropped on Monday.
At 6.40am the former nanny was given an escort by three airport police and an airport operations agent through the Arrivals Hall at Shannon to a waiting silver coloured 131 D registered VW Polo outside the airport terminal.
Asked if she was glad to be home, Ms McCarthy, who was spent the past two and a half years in a US prison, replied: "Yes", before breaking down in tears.
She did not respond to any other questions from the media.
She is now believed to be heading to her home in Cavan.
The 37-year-old was accused of murdering a baby girl in her care in Massachusetts in 2013.
Rehma Sabir, (1), from Cambridge, Massachusetts, died in January 2013.
However, this week, a medical examiner ruled the one-year-old girl had died from undetermined injuries.
Ms Brady McCarthy was deported back to Ireland as soon as she was released from a four-month period house arrest, as she had been living in America illegally for 13 years.
She initially went to the US in 2002 on a six-month tourist visa but never returned home.