A major international police operation is under way to find four children who have been missing from their home near Ardee, Co Louth, since Thursday.

Gardaí believe four children are travelling in the company of a man and say they are very concerned about the children’s welfare

It is believed another adult woman and her two children may also be in their company.

It is thought they may have gone to Northern Ireland and possibly onto Britain. Interpol as well as police on both sides of the border and in Britain are now searching for them.

Anyone with information to offer is asked to contact gardaí at Ardee on 041 6871130.