Deirdre Morley

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One in five children in the Republic live in families with a parent who has a mental illness. Photograph: iStock

A disconnect between the treatment of parents with mental illness and their home life ended in tragedy for the family of Andrew McGinley. But he isn’t(...)

Andrew McGinley with his three children, Conor (aged 9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3) McGinley. Their bodies were found in the family home in Newcastle, Co Dublin in January 2020. Photograph: Supplied by Andrew McGinley through the Garda

Andrew McGinley said he was “pleased” with the HSE’s commitment to investigate the mental health treatment received by his wife, Deirdre Morley, befor(...)

Mr Justice Paul Coffey said Deirdre Morley continues to suffer from a mental disorder under the meaning of the legislation and is in need of inpatient care at a designated centre.

Paediatric nurse Deirdre Morley, who was found not guilty of the murders of her three children by reason of insanity, has been committed to the Centr(...)

 Deirdre Morley. File photograph: Garda/PA Wire

A hearing in the case of paediatric nurse Deirdre Morley, who smothered her three young children at their family home and was found not guilty of thei(...)

A change in the law which means people do not face automatic detention in the Central Mental Hospital after pleading insanity is the most likely explanation for the increase in such pleas, a researcher has said. File photograph: Alan Betson

The use of insanity as a defence in Irish homicide trials has increased more than threefold in recent years, new figures show. The defence is used in(...)

Andrew McGinley with his children Conor, Darragh and Carla. His wife, Deirdre Morley, was last week found not guilty by reason of insanity for the murder of their children. Photograph supplied by Mr McGinley via An Garda Síochána

Andrew McGinley, whose three children were killed by his mentally ill wife, has urged the Government to consult with him on legislative changes to inc(...)

Deirdre Morley will appear again before the Central Criminal Court on May 31st when the court will hear from a forensic psychiatrist on her current condition.

Deirdre Morley could released from the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) within a year after being found not guilty by reason of insanity of killing her t(...)

The Minister said the Department of Health was ‘considering the role of advocacy and the role of family members’ in mental health services. File photograph: Getty

Minister for Mental Health Mary Butler is to propose new legislation next month to allow family members to be involved in the care of a relative recei(...)

Deirdre Morley and Andrew McGinley pictured with their children Conor, Darragh and Carla McGinley.

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, which had treated Deirdre Morley before she killed her three children, has echoed the family’s calls for an inve(...)

The grave of the McGinley children, Darragh, Conor and Carla,  in Newcastle Cemetery, Newcastle, Co Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The father of the three children killed by their mother, Deirdre Morley, has said what happened “was an act of insanity” but “we need to understand” h(...)

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