Police have named the three children found dead in a house in Dublin last night.
The siblings – two boys and a girl – have been identified as Conor McGinley, nine, Darragh, seven, and Carla, three.
The children were found upstairs in a property in Newcastle, Co Dublin, with a note on the front door which read, "Don't go upstairs… call 999."
A heartbreaking photograph released by their father, Andrew, shows him cuddling all three children.
Gardai said a family liaison officer was in contact with their father Andrew McGinley and the extended family.
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.
A woman who was taken to hospital after she was found disoriented in the street outside the house by a taxi driver has been confirmed by police to be a relative of the children.
It's believed the woman is the child's mother, reports the Irish Mirror.
The bodies of the children were removed at around 10am this morning by ambulance.
The area had previously been sealed off overnight as forensic teams moved in.
It is also understood gardai are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.
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 as forensic investigators continued inside.
Children's toys could be seen in the windows of the house.
Many 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.
Councillor for the area Emer Higgins described the events as an "unimaginable tragedy".
"My thoughts are with everybody impacted," said the Fine Gael representative.
"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."
A Garda incident room has been set up in Clondalkin Garda Station and gardai have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
A garda spokesman said: "At approximately 7.45pm Friday 24 January, 2020 Gardaí responded to a call at Parson’s Court, Newcastle, Co. Dublin.
"Ambulance personnel and responding Gardaí discovered the bodies of three children in the house, brothers & sister Conor (aged 9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3) McGinley.
"A female relative, aged in her 40’s, was found 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.
"The bodies of the three children have been removed to the City Morgue, where a post-mortem examination will take place later today (25/1/2020).
"The results of the post mortem will determine the cause of death of the 3 children.
"A family liaison officer has been appointed and is in contact with the father and the extended family."
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