A father returned from work to find his three young children dead and their mother collapsed outside their home in west Dublin.
The Independent Irish News reported when Andrew McGinley arrived home on Friday at around 7pm (local time) he found paramedics treating his distraught wife outside of their address in Newcastle, West Dublin.
A taxi driver had brought the woman home after she was found disorientated on a nearby street. The Irish Times reported the driver spotted a scribbled note stuck to a front window of the house that read “Don’t go upstairs” instead urging a call to emergency services line 999.
Mr McGinley entered the home to find the bodies of his children, Conor, 9, Darragh, 7, and Carla , 3.
One of the children was found downstairs, while the other two were found upstairs.
The children were pronounced dead at the scene by police and paramedics. The Irish Times reported the children had no obvious injuries to their bodies.
Earlier that afternoon, local residents reported seeing the children’s mother, Deirdre Morley, 40, wandering around the neighbourhood in a distressed state.
It is believed she made her way home in a taxi where neighbours say she collapsed on the ground and an ambulance was called.
Ms Morely, a nurse, was taken to hospital in a serious condition where she remains.
The Irish Times reports that local police are investigating the deaths as “sudden” and “unexplained” with one possibility being that the children may have been sedated and died of a lethal overdose or by suffocation.
The Irish Sun reported there was no sign of a break-in and officers have said they are not seeking anyone else in connection with the discovery.
A post-mortem will take place to establish the cause of death of the three children but results will not be released for operational reasons.
A local source told the Sun the family had only recently moved to the area and neighbours were in shock.
“Understandably he is beyond distraught and he is being looked after by relatives. It’s a tragedy beyond belief,” another local told the publication.
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