Irish nanny wrongly accused of murder arrives home

Aisling Brady McCarthy
Aisling Brady McCarthy

Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy has landed back in Ireland.

Ms Brady McCarthy landed at Shannon Airport at approximately 6.15am this morning. She left the airport without speaking to waiting reporters.

The mother and family of nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy have always stood by her and have been vindicated by the dropping of murder charges against her, friends have said.

It's understood Ms Brady McCarthy is due to arrive in Ireland today after her application to leave the US was fast-tracked.

The nanny's mother, Margaret, had "suffered enough" in her life, said neighbours.

Her son, Aidan Brady Jnr, died in a road traffic crash in Cavan two days before Christmas in 2000.

Her husband, Aidan, died in January 2009 after a long illness. He was just 61.

Friends said he never got over the death of his 18-year-old son.

They are buried side by side in the same plot at St Dymphna's church in Lavey, 2km from the family home in New Inns, Moher.

"That family has suffered so much over the years and Aisling's time in prison piled on more pressure on them," said one close family friend.

"Young Aidan's death was a terrible tragedy for the family and then the father's death was another shock for them all.

"At last, the family have had some good news, even if it is in such awful circumstances."

Another family friend said: "I've known Aisling all her life and it was hard to see all the rubbish written about her in the American newspapers.

"She's a good and decent person, very kind. I've known her all my life here in Cavan and she wouldn't harm a fly, so we've always known the case against her wasn't right."

Family priest Fr Kevin Fay said there was a huge sense of relief in the parish of Lavey.

"There was a great feeling here when the news came through from America that Aisling had been cleared," he said.

"It is fantastic news for her mother Margaret and the whole family and all of their friends.

"The community here was never in any doubt that she was going to be cleared. People are just delighted and thrilled for the family.

"They are very private people and the community here will give them space now and some time."

Family friend and local councillor Fergal Curtin said he hoped the family could now move on with their lives.

"They are a great family and everyone has stood by them because we always believed Aisling was innocent," said the Fianna Fáil politician.

"The people have stood by Aisling and will continue to do so."

Lavey GAA club is at the centre of the local community.

Outside the grounds, a couple wearing the club's black and white jackets spoke of the "resilience" of Margaret Brady.

"She knows everyone has been behind her and Aisling in this," said the husband.

"No mother should have to have this hanging over them for so long when there was no crime in the first place."

Greg Harkin