Police investigate ‘unexplained’ deaths of three children found in house near Dublin
Police are investigating the "unexplained" deaths of three children whose bodies were discovered in a home in Co Dublin.
Detectives confirmed two boys and a girl, all aged under ten, were found dead in the village of Newcastle, which is south-west of Dublin city.
A woman in her 40s believed to be their mother was taken to hospital following the discovery at Parson's Court.
Irish police have described the deaths as "unexplained" and said they were not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.
Garda forensic officers were continuing to conduct examinations inside the semi-detached house late on Friday night.
A police spokeswoman said: "Gardaí are currently attending the scene of an incident at a domestic house in Newcastle, Co. Dublin. The bodies of three children, two boys and a girl, have been discovered.
"Gardaí are currently investigating the circumstances of their unexplained deaths.
"A female in her 40s has been taken to Tallaght Hospital."
Councillor for Fine Gael Emer Higgins described the events as an "unimaginable tragedy".
She added: "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."
A Garda incident room has been set up in Clondalkin Garda Station and gardai have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.