Probe after bodies of a woman and two children found in south Dublin
The scene has been closed off for a technical examination and Gardai are currently treating the deaths as “unexplained.”
Gardai are investigating the discovery of the bodies of a woman and two children.
A 37-year-old mother and her two children, an 11-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy, were found at a home in south Dublin on Wednesday afternoon.
Dozens of locals turned out that evening to stage a candlelight outside the family home in Llywellen Court, Ballinteer.
Concerned neighbours had earlier raised the alarm before midday and Gardai made the grim discovery when they arrived on the scene.
A technical examination was conducted at the scene and the state pathologist was called.
Superintendent Paul Reidy, from Blackrock garda station, said Gardai are currently treating the deaths as unexplained.
“Gardai got called here this afternoon to the scene, where we discovered three fatalities” he said.
“An adult female, and two children, aged 11 and six years of age. We immediately conducted an investigation.
“We have called on the services of the State pathologist and a full technical examination is being conducted at the moment.
“The scene has been preserved. We are treating the deaths as unexplained at the moment.
“The results of the post mortem which will be carried out will determine the course of our investigation.”
It was reported that Gardai were seeking a man in his 30s to speak to in relation to the investigation.
Justice Minister Helen McEntee has offered her condolences to the family.
She said: “I know that there’s a very tragic case that’s unfolding in Ballinteer at the moment.
“Obviously there’s an ongoing investigation but just to offer my condolences to the family that are affected by this.
“It’s a very tragic incident and we will support the Gardai in their work in this regard.”
Local Fine Gael TD Neale Richmond said the community had been left “completely stunned” by the events.
He said: “This is truly harrowing news that has left many in what is a very quiet and close suburban community completely stunned.
“The family was relatively new to the area but the children were in school locally, it is just an awful situation.
“I think it’s very important now that we allow An Garda Siochana to carry out their work and allow the local community time to come to terms with this tragedy.”
Gardai arrived on the scene shortly before midday after being contacted by concerned neighbours.
Gardai have also urged the public to refrain from speculating about the case on social media.
A spokesperson said: “Investigating Gardai are aware of comments circulating on some social media platforms.
“These comments are uninformed and unhelpful to the criminal investigation.
“An Garda Siochana appeals to members of the public NOT to circulate this social media speculation.”