Gardaí have named the three children whose bodies were found in a house in Co Dublin last night.

They are brothers and sister Conor McGinley, aged nine, Darragh, aged seven, and Carla, aged three.

Their bodies were found in a house at Parson's Court in Newcastle village, northwest of Rathcoole, last night.

Earlier they were removed to the City Morgue, where post-mortem examinations were to take place.

Last night, gardaí were called to the house at about 7.45pm and first found a woman on the street in a disorientated state.

The woman in her 40s, who is believed to be the children's mother, was admitted to Tallaght hospital.

Gardaí then went into the house and found the bodies of the three young children. A note was also found at the scene.

Gardaí said they were not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

The house remains sealed off as a crime scene.

Gardaí last night said they did not believe that the children died of natural causes. They said the results of the post-mortem examinations will determine the cause of deaths.

Tusla has said in a statement today that it's critical incident protocol has now been activated which puts "all necessary supports in place at times of serious incidents likely to impact a community". 

The children's father, Andrew McGinley, today released an image of him and his children through the gardaí.

Gardaí say a family liaison officer has been appointed and is in contact with Mr McGinley and extended family.

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to contact the incident room at Clondalkin Garda Station on 01-6667600.

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Bodies of three children found at Dublin home