GARDAÍ HAVE released the first picture of the three children found dead at a house in a village just outside of Dublin.
Irish police have identified the three children as Conor (9), Darragh (7) and Carla (3) in a picture shared of them alongside their father Andrew McGinley.
The three children were found dead at a property in Parson’s Court, Newcastle, at 7:45pm on Friday by Garda responding to a call.
A female relative, thought to be in her 40s, was also found at the scene in a distraught state by a taxi driver who subsequently contacted the authorities.
She is now receiving medical attention in Tallaght University Hospital.
The Garda Technical Bureau are continuing to examine the scene.
Assistant State Pathologist Margot Bolster has also been called to the property.
A Garda spokesperson said: “The bodies of the three children have been removed to the City Morgue, where a post-mortem examination will take place later today.
“The results of the post mortem will determine the cause of death of the three children.”
“A family liaison officer has been appointed and is in contact with the father and the extended family.”
According to Dublin Live, Irish police do not believe the youngsters died of natural causes after discovering a note pinned to the front door of the property.
Gardai suspect the children were likely drugged or poisoned though cannot confirm these suspicions until an examination has taken place.
They have also confirmed that the woman taken to hospital is the mother of the three children.