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Deirdre Morley and husband Andrew McGinley with children Conor (9), Darragh (7) and three-year-old Carla

Deirdre Morley and husband Andrew McGinley with children Conor (9), Darragh (7) and three-year-old Carla

Deirdre Morley and husband Andrew McGinley with children Conor (9), Darragh (7) and three-year-old Carla

A mother charged with murdering her three children, who were found dead in their home in Dublin, was unable to attend a court hearing yesterday.

The bodies of Conor (9), Darragh (7) and three-year-old Carla McGinley were found in their home at Parson's Court, Newcastle, just before 8pm on January 24.

Deirdre Morley was remanded in custody last week, with an order that she would receive a psychiatric assessment while in prison, after she was charged with three counts of murder.

Ms Morley (43) was due to appear again before Judge Ann Ryan at Dublin District Court yesterday.

Adjournment

A sick note was produced by the Prison Service and furnished to the court.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy said he was aware, and there was consent to a four-week adjournment.

Judge Ryan consented to a defence application to request continuing medical and psychiatric assessment as deemed appropriate.

Mr Dunphy said there was an issue in relation to Ms Morley's fitness to face court.

Directions from the DPP were not yet available.

Ms Morley was further remanded in custody in her absence to appear again at the same court on March 4.

"She made no reply in response to each of the charges and was handed a copy of charge," Det Sgt Dara Kenny had said at the first hearing.