Conjoined twins have been born to an Irish couple in London.

The boys, who were born six weeks ago, are expected to undergo surgery to be separated later this year.

The parents of the conjoined twins issued a statement this morning announcing the birth six weeks ago of the boys, who they describe as their 'two little fighters'.

They were born in University College Hospital in London in December and their care is being shared between Great Ormond Street in London and Cork University Maternity Hospital.

The parents of the twins say they are very proud of the little boys, feel blessed by their arrival and are planning for them to come home soon.

They are asking the media and the public to allow them to enjoy time with the boys before their separation later this year.

A spokesperson for Cork University Maternity Hospital says both boys are medically very well, taking their feeds and gaining weight.

Mr Edward Kiely, Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London said: 'If all goes according to plan, the children will return to Great Ormond Street Hospital later in the year.

'The surgical team here is the most experienced in Europe at assessing and if necessary separating conjoined twins.'