A staff member at the Áras Attracta facility in Co Mayo has pleaded guilty to assaulting residents there.

Joan Gill entered her plea at this morning's sitting of Swinford District Court, sitting in Ballina.

Brendan McDonagh BL told Judge Mary Devins that Ms Gill, with an address at Dublin Road, Swinford, was pleading guilty to three of five charges against her on a full facts basis.

She will be sentenced next year. She did not speak during the proceedings.

Meanwhile, legal representatives for five other staff members charged with assault have sought trial dates for their clients.

Judge Devins set aside a number of days in January to hear the cases.

They each face a single charge of assault, alleged to have taken place on dates between 6 and 17 of November last year. 

Two of the accused, Kathleen King from Knockshanvally, Straide, Foxford, Co Mayo and Christina Delaney, from Lissatava, Hollymount in Co Mayo, are seeking extra disclosure of documentation that is not in the possession of Gardaí.

State solicitor for Co Mayo Vincent Deane told the court that the DPP would endeavour to facilitate this.

Pat McLoughlin, of Lalibela, Mayfield, Claremorris, is charged with assault on 14 November 2014 at Bungalow 3 at Áras Attracta.

Anna Ywunong Botsimbo, of Low Park Avenue, Charlestown, Co Mayo, is charged with assault on the same date at the same location, while Joan Walsh from Carrowilkeen, Curry, Co Sligo is charged with assault on 15 November last year.

The charges follow a lengthy garda investigation after the RTÉ Investigations Unit broadcast a report on care standards at the HSE run facility last December.