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Gardaí identify the children whose bodies were found in Dublin home as brothers and sister

The three bodies were discovered by gardaí in Newcastle last night.

Conor (9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3) with their father Andrew McGinley.
Conor (9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3) with their father Andrew McGinley.
Image: McGinley Family/Garda Press Office

Updated Jan 25th 2020, 1:20 PM

THE THREE CHILDREN whose bodies were found at a home in Newcastle, Co Dublin have been identified by gardaí as brothers and sister. 

A post mortem examination will be carried out later today on Conor (9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3) McGinley who were found dead at approximately 7.45pm last night by responding gardaí.

A family liaison officer has been appointed and is in contact with the father and the extended family, a garda spokesperson said. 

The bodies were removed from the scene at around 10am this morning by ambulance. Forensic investigators are currently examining the scene.

The scene near the house in Parson’s Court, Newcastle – to the north-west of Rathcoole remains sealed off. 

Gardaí confirmed last night that the bodies of three children, two boys and a girl, had been discovered at the house. 

It’s understood gardaí do not believe the children died of natural causes, but the results of the post-mortems will further determine the course of the investigation. 

A woman in her 40s has been taken to Tallaght Hospital and gardaí are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident. Gardaí confirmed the woman is a relative of the three children. 

It’s understood a note was found on the door of the property.

Local representatives and other members of the community have been expressing their shock at last night’s discovery on social media.

Councillor Emer Higgins described it as a small, quiet area and a tight-knit community.

An incident room has been set up at Clondalkin Garda Station and gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact them there on 01 666 7600.

With reporting by Adam Daly, Daragh Brophy and Press Association. 

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