Ireland police investigating 'unexplained' deaths of three children found in house

Vincent Wood
Conor McGinley, 9, Darragh McGinley, 7, and Carla McGinley, 3, with their father Andrew McGinley. The three children were found dead in a house in Parson's Court, in the village of Newcastle on Friday evening: PA

Irish police are investigating the deaths of two brothers and a sister, all under the age of 10, at a home on the outskirts of Dublin.

The bodies of Conor, Darragh and Carla McGinley, aged nine, seven and three respectively, were discovered at a home in the village of Newcastle, county Dublin - according to officers who have described their deaths as “unexplained”.

A woman in her 40s has since been taken to Tallaght hospital, with Gardai confirming she is related to the three children. Officers are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.,

They added that a family liaison officer was in contact with their father Andrew McGinley and the extended family.

Both the children and the woman are believed to have lived at the house where the incident took place.

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.

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.”

Additional reporting by PA.