30/09/2020

Murder investigation set to begin after bodies of Conor, Darragh and Carla McGinley found in Newcastle

The three young children whose bodies were discovered in a Co Dublin house on Friday evening have been named.
Gardaí were expected to begin a triple murder investigation as early as Saturday following the discovery at Parsons Court, Newcastle, just after 7pm on Friday.
The children were named by gardaí on Saturday as Conor (9), Darragh (7) and Carla McGinley (3).
A woman, believed to be the childrens mother, is being treated in hospital after she was found in a distressed and disorientated state outside the property.
It is understood the childrens father Andrew was not at the house at the time.
The deaths of the three children are being treated by the Garda as sudden and unexplained and the inquiry into their deaths is criminal in nature.
Flowers seen near the house on Saturday. Photograph: Caroline Quinn/PA Wire
One strong line of investigation was that the children met with foul play, though early indications were they had no obvious injuries on their bodies. Gardaí were hoping to speak to the woman, who is in her 40s, as early as Saturday.
She was being treated at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin, and gardaí believe she has vital information about how the children met their deaths.
When gardaí and paramedics arrived at the scene just after 7pm the children were pronounced dead inside the house. It was unclear how long they had been dead.
A garda at the scene on Saturday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times
Gardaí believe the children were living with their mother at the property, in a private estate of houses and apartments.
The scene was sealed off by gardaí and the bodies of the children remained in situ overnight pending the arrival of a pathologist this morning from the State Pathologists Office. The bodies were removed from the scene on Saturday morning.
Garda sources said a pathologist would carry out a preliminary examination of the bodies at the scene before their removal from the house for a full post
Flowers outside the Dublin house where three children were found dead on Friday. Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire
mortem.
The same sources said all the resources of a homicide investigation had been committed to the case.
As well as a pathologist due to the property early on Saturday morning, the Garda Technical Bureau was also set to examine the property. That examination was expected to continue through the weekend.
By Saturday afternoon, several bunches of flowers had been placed at the house. Locals described the area as nice and quiet.
A garda at the scene at Parsons Court, Newcastle, Co Dublin on Saturday morning after the bodies of three children were discovered in a house on Friday night. Photograph: Sarah Burns
Austin Cooney, who lives on the next road, said: I was born and reared here and Ive never seen anything like this. Its desperate, three small children . . . its not pleasant to hear something like this anywhere.
A woman who did not want to be named said she was devastated.
Devastated is the only word I can think of. The shock of it, three small children, she said.
Tusla on Saturday said it would put in place necessary supports as part of a critical incident protocol developed by the South Dublin Children and Young Peoples Service Committee. The protocol is activated following serious incidents likely to impact a community, it said.