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Mother of two (50s) stabbed up to 12 times in attack as murder probe launched

The woman's body was found when gardaí and emergency services called to her house in Sandyhill Gardens

Ballymun Garda Station

Ken Foy and Paul Hyland

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman in her 50s was killed in a frenzied knife attack at her home in Ballymun Co Dublin.

It is understood that the local woman, who was the mother of two children, was stabbed around a dozen times at the property, suffering catastrophic injuries.

The woman's remains were discovered after gardaí and the emergency services called to the house in Sandyhill Gardens just before 3.30pm this afternoon.

A full scale murder investigation has now been launched as gardaí continue to appeal for information. No arrests have been made.

The scene has been preserved pending the arrival of the State Pathologist to conduct a examination.

The Garda Technical Bureau will also carry out a forensic examination of the scene.

Locals left reeling over the tragedy this afternoon described the victim as a “lovely, quiet” woman who was well known in the area.

Gardaí at Ballymun are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

A spokesman said: "Gardaí are currently at the scene of an incident in a domestic residence in the Ballymun area where a female was discovered deceased in unexplained circumstances.

"The investigation into this incident is at an early stage and no further information is available at this time.”

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