Gardaí investigating the deaths of a mother and her two children at their Dublin home have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

The bodies of 37-year-old Seema Banu, her 11-year-old daughter Asfira Syed and six-year-old son Faizan Syed were discovered by gardaí in a house in Lewellyn Court in Rathfarnham just before midday yesterday.

They had lived in the estate for about a year and the children attended the local Educate Together primary school in Ballinteer.

Principal Orlaith Curran said: "We are deeply saddened by these devastating events. Our sympathy and thoughts are with the children's family and friends.

"Faizan Syed was in First Class and his sister Asfira was in Sixth Class. They will both be greatly missed by all who knew them."

It is understood the family had moved to Ireland from India a number of years ago.

The scene at Lewellyn Court remains sealed off

The Indian Ambassador to Ireland said the woman's family were in a state of "disbelief and disorientation" about what had happened to them.

Sandeep Kumar said the embassy contacted the brother of Seema Banu in India and is offering the family support.

Ambassador Kumar said it was heartbreaking to relay this news to the family in India, but he understood the deceased have some relatives here and they have been in touch with gardaí.

He said he would continue to liase with the family here and in India and give the support needed to return the bodies to India "in a dignified manner".

A candlelit vigil was held in the Llewellyn estate last night as residents expressed their shock and grief at the tragedy that unfolded on their doorstep.

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Gardaí say they are following a number of lines of inquiry. They have been speaking to neighbours, friends and family of the deceased to try to establish their movements in recent days.

Officers have been in contact with the woman's partner and father of the children, who is distressed and has been given access to medical treatment.

The results of the post-mortem examinations, which are ongoing, will determine the course of the investigation, but the case has been allocated the resources of a murder investigation.

Gardaí have appealed once again to members of the public not to circulate speculation on social media. They described this as "uninformed and unhelpful to the criminal investigation".

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the investigation team at Dundrum Garda Station 01-6665600, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.