The three children who were tragically found dead in a house in Co Dublin last night have been named locally as Carla (3), Darragh (7) and Conor (9) McGinley.
Gardai confirmed that the bodies of the three young children have been removed from the scene and post-mortems will take place later today.
The outcome of the post-mortems will determine the course of the investigation.
At around 7.45pm yesterday, gardaí responded to a call at Parson’s Court, Newcastle Co Dublin.
Gardai and ambulance personnel discovered the bodies of the three children.
A female relative, understood to be the children’s mother, who is aged in her 40s, was also at the scene and is currently receiving medical attention in Tallaght University Hospital.
The scene is currently being examined by members of the Garda Technical Bureau. Assistant State Pathologist Margot Bolster has attended the scene.
A family liaison officer has been appointed and is in contact with the father and the extended family.
A note saying “Call 999, don’t go upstairs” was left on the window of a house in which the bodies of three young children were found last night.
Locals who spoke to Independent.ie said their hearts went out to the family of the children.
A 33-year-old local father said they were “happy-go-lucky kids.”
A large number of local people converged on the small old Saint Finian’s Church for a special Mass organised by the co-parish priest Fr Kevin Doherty who announced on social media that the Mass would be at 10am.
Fr Doherty welcomed the large attendance and extended warm words to members of the local Church of Ireland community who were present.
He invited the people to attend the local creche next door to the church after the Mass where they could take comfort in each other’s presence.
The priest, speaking to Independent.ie, said when grief comes to a family or community it can “leave a calling card of darkness and disillusionment.”
“We pray especially for all parents and children,” he said.
He invited the community to write in a book of condolences which lay open at the back of the church.
Several pages were filled with heart-felt messages of sympathy.