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Deirdre Morley Has Been Further Committed For Inpatient Treatment.

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She was found not guilty last month by reason of insanity, of murdering her children, who were aged nine, seven and three at the time.

A judge has accepted the findings of a psychiatrist who reported Deirdre Morley as continuing to suffer from a mental illness which requires inpatient treatment.

The paediatric nurse was found NOT guilty last month by reason of insanity, of murdering her children, who were aged nine, seven and three at the time.

Our Courts Correspondent Frank Greaney has this report, which some listeners may find distressing:

"Dr Ronan Mullaney, a consultant forensic psychiatrist, was asked to assess Deirdre Morley after a jury returned the special verdicts last month.

Before she stood trial, another psychiatrist diagnosed her as suffering from bipolar defective disorder.

She, along with another psychiatrist who gave evidence to the jurors, found that Ms Morley was in the midst of a psychotic episode when she smothered Conor, Darragh and Carla at the family home at Parson’s Court, Newcastle, Co Dublin last year.

Dr Mullaney also recommended that she continue to receive inpatient treatment at the Central Mental Hospital and Mr Justice Paul Coffey agreed with his findings.

The 44yo appeared before today’s brief hearing via video link from the Central Mental Hospital, where she has now been further committed to for more treatment."
 

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