Frank Greaney
Frank Greaney

13.17 18 May 2021


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The jury in the trial of a woman accused of murdering her three young children has been hearing details about how she took their lives.

Deirdre Morley, of Parson’s Court, Newcastle, County Dublin, claims she was suffering from a mental disorder at the time and has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

On the morning of January 24th last year, Deirdre Morley suffocated her seven-year-old son Darragh and her three-year-old daughter Carla.

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She then took her eldest son, nine-year-old Conor, out of school early and did the same to him in a play tent in their living room.

Her husband, who was working in Cork that day, returned that evening to find paramedics treating her outside the house.

A note was attached to a bike inside. It read: “Don’t go into the front room or upstairs. I’m so sorry.”

Her husband did. He was the one who found Conor’s body. A note beside him read: “I’m so sorry. I could see no future. This is my fault. I’m broken and can’t be fixed.”

The prosecuting barrister, Anne Marie Lawlor, told the jurors that what happened to the children wasn’t in dispute.

“Intent is at the heart of this entire case,” she said.


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