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Woman is charged in van driver killing

A 49-YEAR-OLD woman has appeared in court charged with the murder of a Dublin van driver who was shot dead outside his home while he was about to go to work.

Rose Lynch, from Limerick, was remanded in custody after she was arrested and charged with murdering David Darcy last month.

Mr Darcy was gunned down as he sat in his van at Cherry Orchard Avenue, Ballyfermot.

The father-of-two, who died after being shot three times, was not known to gardai for any link to gangland crime and had no criminal convictions.


Lynch, with an address at Oakleigh Wood, Limerick, was brought before a sitting of Dublin District Court yesterday evening after being charged with murdering Mr Darcy on November 28.

Detective Insp Colm O'Malley told the court that he arrested Ms Lynch, at Ballyfermot Garda Station, at 3.30pm and she made no reply when the charge was put to her after caution. He asked Judge William Hamill to remand the accused in custody.

Wearing a navy blue tracksuit over a white top and with her hair tied back in a headband, Lynch addressed the court only to confirm that she wished to avail of free legal aid and to nominate a solicitor.

Judge Hamill granted legal aid and remanded her in custody to appear at Dublin District Court again on Friday.

Defence solicitor Stephen O'Mahony asked Judge Hamill if he would recommend that Ms Lynch receives medical attention while she is in custody.

The judge asked if that was necessary, to which Mr O'Mahony replied: "Potentially."

There was no application for bail as this can only be granted at High Court level on a murder charge. Members of Mr Darcy's family sat in the court's public gallery during the hearing.

The victim who worked as a driver for a local butcher, was originally from Claddagh Road in Ballyfermot.