Sun, 23 Feb 2020

CO DUBLIN, Ireland - Mystery surrounds the death of 3 children, whose bodies were found on Friday night in Newcastle, Co Dublin.

A post-mortem examination was completed by Assistant State Pathologist Margot Bolster at the Dublin City Morgue on Saturday night, but consistent with standard protocol, no details have been released.

A family liaison officer has been appointed and is in contact with the father, Andrew McGinley, and the extended family.

The tragic discovery was made on Friday night around 7:45pm when Garda responded to a call at Parson's Court, Newcastle, Co. Dublin.

Ambulance personnel and responding Garda discovered the bodies of the three McGinley children in the house, brothers Conor (aged 9), Darragh (7) and their sister Carla (3).

A female relative, aged in her 40's, was found at the scene and is currently receiving medical attention in Tallaght University Hospital.

The scene has been examined by members of the Garda Technical Bureau. Assistant State Pathologist Margot Bolster has also attended the scene.

The bodies of the three children were removed to the City Morgue, ahead of the post-mortem examination on Saturday.

The results of the post mortem will determine the cause of death of the 3 children.

An Garda Sochana are making no further comment.

They are liaising closely with South Dublin Children and Young People's Service Committee to ensure tailored and appropriate supports are being made available through schools, counselling services, family support services, and local groups to support children and families through the days, weeks and months that follow.

(Pictured - left to right: Conor McGinley, 9, Carla McGinley, 3, Andrew McGinley, and Darragh McGinley, 7).

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