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'Cuddle your children whenever you get a chance': Father's tribute to children found dead in Dublin

Conor, Darragh and Carla McGinley were discovered in Newcastle last week.

IMG-20200128-WA0000 Source: McGinley family/Garda Press Office

THE FATHER OF three children who were found dead at their home in Co Dublin last week has spoken of them as “beautiful” with “bright futures ahead of them”.

In his first statement since the bodies of Conor, Darragh and Carla McGinley were discovered at a home in Newcastle, their father Andrew has revealed his struggle in the days since. He also released a new image of him and his children along with their mother.

The three siblings, aged 9, 7 and 3, were found dead on Friday evening and gardaí are currently investigating the “unexplained circumstances” surrounding their deaths.

In a statement this morning, Andrew McGinley said there were “no words” to describe what had happened.

“There is only devastation, grief and anguish. Every breath is a struggle,” he said.

“Conor, Darragh and Carla are adored. They all had beautiful, bright futures ahead of them with family, friends and a community who love them.

“To all parents, cuddle your children whenever you get a chance, tell them how much you love them as often as you can, spend every spare minute with them reading, playing and enjoying their wonderfulness.

“The future has now become our enemy but we will battle it every day to keep the memory of Conor, Darragh and Carla alive.”

A woman in her 40s – a relative of the three children – was taken to Tallaght Hospital following the discovery.

Gardaí say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident, but no arrests have been made.

Scoil Chrónáin, the school attended by both Conor and Darragh, released a statement:

We are all deeply saddened by the sudden death of two of our pupils Conchúr and Darragh Mac Fhionnghaile and their sister Carla. It is a tragedy for our community. Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with the McGinley and Morley families and all their friends. We would ask that you respect their need for privacy at this difficult time.
Conchúr was a pupil in ‘Rang a Trí’ and Darragh was in ‘Rang a hAon’. They were both wonderful boys and it was a pleasure to have them in our school. They will be greatly missed by all who knew them.

The statement said that offers of support “have been pouring in and are really appreciated”.

The school has implemented its Critical Incident Management Plan.

Psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Services (NEPS) have been with those at the school over the weekend and will continue to support and advise in the coming days.

The school will remain open and the statement said “we would ask you to respect our privacy at this time”.

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