The father of three children who died in ‘unexplained circumstances’ at a house in Dublin has shared a heartbreaking family photo of his kids.
The lifeless bodies of Conor, Darragh, and Carla McGinley were found shortly before 8pm on Friday in Newcastle, County Dublin.
The results of a post-mortem taking place later today, will determine the cause of death of the children, aged nine, seven and three.
Police have described the deaths as ‘unexplained’ and have declined to comment on reports they are preparing to launch a triple murder investigation.
It is understood that Gardai believe the children may have been drugged or poisoned but this won’t be known for sure until an examination takes place.
A female relative, believed to be the children’s mother, was found in a disorientated state by a taxi driver near the scene and is currently receiving medical attention in Tallaght University Hospital.
The house is currently being examined by forensic officers.
The children’s father, Andrew McGinley has asked for privacy at this time of tragedy.
The deaths have shocked and devastated members of the local community who described the neighbourhood as a ‘quiet’ area.
Residents have laid flowers outside the house, where it is believed the children lived with their mother.
Councillor for the area Emer Higgins said the incident was an ‘unimaginable tragedy’.
She said: ‘My thoughts are with everybody impacted.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.’