An eight-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after being attacked by two dogs at his home in Tallaght in Dublin.

The boy was attacked by two Rottweiler dogs at around 4pm on Sunday afternoon.

Gardaí said they were investigating all the circumstances surrounding the attack, but are treating it as a tragic incident.

The dog warden was notified and the dogs were confiscated and put to sleep.

The emergency services responded to a 999 call at a house in Tallaght around 4pm.

When they got there, they discovered an eight-year-old boy with life-threatening injuries.

He had been attacked and mauled by two Rottweiler dogs in the family home.

No-one else in the house was injured.

The child was treated at the scene and taken to Tallaght University Hospital.

He has since been transferred to Children's Health Ireland at Crumlin.

A full investigation into the incident is under way at Tallaght Garda Station.