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Post mortems carried out on three children killed in Co Dublin house

Conor, Darragh and Carla pictured with their father Andrew McGinley 

POSTMORTEM examinations have been completed on the three children found dead in a Dublin house on Friday night.

Conor, Darragh and Carla McGinley's autopsies were completed by Assistant State Pathologist Margot Bolster at the Dublin City Morgue on Saturday evening.

Interim post-mortem results are not being published for operational reasons and further toxicology results are still awaited.

The house at Parson's Court, Newcastle, in the south-west of the city, remains sealed off for examinations by the Garda Technical Bureau.

The bodies of Conor, nine, Darragh, seven, and Carla, three, were removed from the semi-detached home by ambulance at around 10am on Saturday.

Gardai said a family liaison officer was in contact with their father Andrew McGinley and the extended family.

A woman, thought to be the children's mother, continues to receive medical treatment at Tallaght University Hospital.

It is understood gardai are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

No arrests have been made and An Garda Siochana continue to investigate all the circumstances of these unexplained deaths.

At a mass held in the village yesterday morning, prayers were offered for the McGinley children.

Fr Kevin Doherty, co-parish priest at St Finian's Church, told a packed congregation that a "darkness" had come to the parish.

Many young families attended, along with children preparing for First Holy Communion.

Fr Doherty used a jigsaw of a heart to explain to the children that sometimes we can feel happy, sad, both or heartbroken.

He asked the congregation to pray for "three very special children from our parish, and they're in our hearts".

A book of condolence has also been opened in the church.

Speaking after the mass, Fr Doherty told RTÉ that they couldn't put into words what has happened.

"The darkness, it's so dark, it's unspeakable. Grief, heartbreak, loss. And it affects and touches everybody in this community", he said.

Fr Doherty added that "out of the darkness, somehow we have to find the light. In the kindness of people, there is light".

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