Pictured: Three children found dead in house near Dublin after 'unexplained' incident

Jimmy Nsubuga
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Three children found dead in a house in Co Dublin after an “unexplained” incident have been named as brothers and sister Conor, Darragh and Carla McGinley.

The siblings, all aged under ten, were discovered in the village of Newcastle, which is south-west of Dublin city, in Ireland, on Friday night.

A woman in her 40s believed to be their mother was taken to hospital following the incident at Parson’s Court.

The bodies of Conor, nine, Darragh, seven, and Carla, three, were removed from the semi-detached home by ambulance at around 10am on Saturday.

Conor, Darragh and Carla with their dad Andrew McGinley (Picture: PA)
Conor, Darragh and Carla with their dad Andrew McGinley (Picture: PA)

Gardai said a family liaison officer was in contact with their father Andrew McGinley and the extended family.

Mr McGinley has released a photo of himself with his three children.

Police are investigating the "unexplained" deaths (Picture: PA)
Police are investigating the "unexplained" deaths (Picture: PA)

Irish police continue to treat the sudden deaths as “unexplained” pending the outcome of post-mortem examinations on Saturday afternoon.

It is understood it was not immediately obvious to officers how the children had died when they attended the scene.

It is also understood gardai are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

Garda forensic officers were continuing to conduct examinations inside the semi-detached house on Saturday.

Flowers outside a house in the village of Newcastle, south west of Dublin city where three children were found dead on Friday (Picture: PA0
Flowers outside a house in the village of Newcastle, south west of Dublin city where three children were found dead on Friday (Picture: PA0

Neighbours, including parents with young children, attended the house throughout the morning leaving flowers at the door of the home which was guarded by a number of officers.

Children’s toys could be seen in the windows of the house.

Several women could be seen in tears as they attended the scene, which has been described as “a very quiet street” and popular with young families.

One woman said the small community is in “absolute shock”, and many attended a local mass service on Saturday morning.

The bodies of three children were found in the home  in Co Dublin (Picture: PA)
Irish police have described the deaths as ‘unexplained’ (Picture: PA)

Councillor for Fine Gael Emer Higgins described the events as an “unimaginable tragedy”.

She said: “My thoughts are with everybody impacted.

“This is a really tight-knit community, it’s a small area, it’s a quiet area, and it’s just unthinkable that something like this could be happening on our doorstep.

“It’s so tragic. It’s unbelievable that three young people’s lives could be cut short like that, in what seems to be a particularly tragic case.”

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A police spokeswoman added: "Gardaí are currently attending the scene of an incident at a domestic house in Newcastle, Co. Dublin.

“The bodies of three children, two boys and a girl, have been discovered.

"Gardaí are currently investigating the circumstances of their unexplained deaths.

"A female in her 40s has been taken to Tallaght Hospital.”

A Garda incident room has been set up in Clondalkin Garda Station and gardai have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.