Father of fire victims to get prison leave to visit them
A father whose partner and children were badly injured in the Inchicore fire will be allowed out of prison to visit them in hospital.
Michael Lynch (33) is on remand awaiting sentence and was granted compassionate bail at Dublin Circuit Court yesterday to visit his critically-ill daughter Savannah (7) at Temple Street Hospital.
He will also visit his eight-year-old son Francie, who is in a serious but stable condition in intensive care at Our Lady's Hospital in Crumlin.
The court heard Michael Lynch's partner Maggie Greene also remains in a critical condition at St James's Hospital.
The family was injured after the blaze broke out at the flat in the Tyrone Place complex area at 11pm on Monday night.
Ms Green and her three children were rescued from a first-floor balcony after five units of Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene at Tyrone Place. Gardai are treating the fire as suspicious and believe the flat was targeted by mistake.
The couple's eldest child, 13-year-old John, was released from hospital the following day with minor injuries.
Lawyers for Lynch yesterday told the court Ms Greene's condition was "touch-and-go".
Orla Crowe, Lynch's counsel, said he had visited his partner "for four minutes" during the week, at the discretion of the authorities at Cloverhill Prison, where he is currently in custody.
The court heard Lynch had not succeeded in visiting his daughter at Temple Street as hospital staff had objected to him being there in handcuffs, with prison officers.
Ms Crowe said both sides of the family were hoping that "if the children hear their father's voice, it will help them and lift them towards recovery".
The Herald has also learned that the intended target of the shocking arson attack has gone into hiding.