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Jail award for woman accused of dad killing

A WOMAN charged with murder has won a top literary prize while on remand in prison from the City of Dublin VEC Sports and Cultural Council.

Our photo shows Rose Lynch - who is on remand at the Dochas Centre attached to Mountjoy Women's Prison - with her trophy, which was presented to her at a ceremony in the jail earlier this week.

Last month, the Special Criminal Court set a date in April next year to hear the trial of Lynch (49) who is charged with murdering a father of two last November. The trial is expected to start on April 9, 2013.

Lynch, of Oakleigh Wood, Dooradoyle in Limerick, was charged last December with the murder of David Darcy.

He was shot dead while sitting in his van at Cherry Orchard Avenue in Dublin on the morning of November 28 last. Mr Darcy, employed as a driver for a butcher, was about to go to work when he was killed. Lynch is also charged with membership of the IRA.

That charge states that she was allegedly a member of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise IRA, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, at Cherry Orchard Avenue, on November 28 last. Lynch also faces a number of other charges including possession of a shotgun and revolver with intent to endanger life on November 28, possession of a Walther pistol and eight rounds of ammunition on a date between November 25 and December 14 last year.

She is also charged with the possession of 25 rounds of 9mm ammunition at the Naas Road, Dublin, on December 15.