A woman in her 40s has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of the bodies of three children in Dublin.
The two boys and girl, all under the age of nine, were found dead on Friday in their home at Parson's Court in the village of Newcastle, south-west of Dublin city.
The woman, who was found at the scene, is currently being detained at Clondalkin Garda Station under Section 4 of Ireland's Criminal Justice Act 1984.
Earlier on Tuesday the father of the children said they all had "beautiful, bright futures" ahead of them and urged parents to “cuddle your children whenever you get a chance”.
Andrew McGinley spoke of his devastation and grief at the deaths of nine-year-old Conor, seven-year-old Darragh and three-year-old Carla.
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In a statement issued through gardai, Mr McGinley said: "There are no words. There is only devastation, grief and anguish. Every breath is a struggle.
"Conor, Darragh and Carla are adored.
"They all had beautiful, bright futures ahead of them with family, friends and a community who love them.
"To all parents, cuddle your children whenever you get a chance. Tell them how much you love them as often as you can, spend every spare minute with them reading, playing and enjoying their wonderfulness.
"The future has now become our enemy but we will battle it every day to keep the memory of Conor, Darragh and Carla alive.”