A 44-year-old woman who was found not guilty by reason of insanity of murdering her three children is continuing to suffer from a mental disorder and has been committed to the Central Mental Hospital for further inpatient treatment, by the Central Criminal Court.

Deirdre Morley suffocated her three children - nine-year-old Conor, seven-year-old Darragh and three-year-old Carla McGinley - at their home in Dublin in January last year, before trying to take her own life.

The court heard she was suffering from a severe psychotic depressive illness at the time, and believed the children had been irreparably damaged by her illness and by her parenting.

Mr Justice Paul Coffey said he had received and considered a report from consultant psychiatrist Dr Ronan Mullaney and he was satisfied that Ms Morley continued to suffer from a mental disorder.

The judge said he was of the view that she was in need of inpatient care and treatment at the Central Mental Hospital.

Under the legislation, Ms Morley will continue to be detained at the Central Mental hospital with regular six monthly reviews of her condition.

The review board will hear evidence from her treating psychiatrist before making any further orders to continue her detention, to discharge her, or to discharge her subject to conditions about her treatment or supervision.

Ms Morley appeared by video link from the hospital during the very brief hearing.

Her husband, Andrew McGinley, said he would be meeting the HSE tomorrow to discuss how an independent review into his wife's diagnosis and treatment would be conducted.

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