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Deirdre Morley with husband Andrew McGinley and their three young children Conor, Darragh and Carla

Deirdre Morley with husband Andrew McGinley and their three young children Conor, Darragh and Carla

Deirdre Morley with husband Andrew McGinley and their three young children Conor, Darragh and Carla

A mother charged with murdering her daughter and two sons has had her case further adjourned after a court heard she is in the Central Mental Hospital.

Deirdre Morley (43) had been due to appear in Dublin District Court yesterday, her third court date since she was charged with three counts of murder.

Assessment

Judge Colin Daly remanded her further in custody in her absence for continued medical and psychiatric assessment after a sick note was presented in court.

Ms Morley was charged after the bodies of her children Conor (9), Darragh (7) and three-year-old Carla McGinley were found in the family home at Parson's Court, Newcastle, west Dublin, on January 24.

Solicitor Jonathan Dunphy said he appeared for the accused and there was "a sick note before the court".

Reading this, Judge Daly said he would adjourn the case.

Mr Dunphy asked the judge if the court had received a report yet from the Central Mental Hospital.

If not, he said, he imagined it would be available on the next date.

Judge Daly said he just had a letter from the hospital and a psychiatric report was requested.

Mr Dunphy thanked the judge, and the accused was remanded in custody, to appear in court again on April 1. Directions from the DPP have not yet been given.

Ms Morley was not present for the last court date last month, when Mr Dunphy said there was an issue in relation to his client's fitness to face court.

At her first court appearance, Det Sgt Dara Kenny, of Clondalkin Garda Station, gave evidence of arresting Ms Anderson for the purpose of charging her that day.

When the charge was put to her she made no reply, he said.

Paramedics

Ms Morley, who has worked as a nurse at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, was found by a taxi driver near her home shortly before her children's bodies were discovered.

She was treated for several days at Tallaght University Hospital.

The children's father, Andrew McGinley, arrived home at the same time that gardai and paramedics reached the house. When they went inside, they found the three children dead.

A funeral for the McGinley children in Rathcoole on January 31 drew 1,000 mourners.