The Daily Telegraph
Dublin in shock as teenager and young twins are killed in house
A MAN has been arrested following the deaths of a teenager and two young children following a violent incident in Dublin.
An 18-year-old woman and her brother and sister, twins aged eight, died after an incident at a house in the west of the Irish capital.
Officers were called to the property in the Rossfield estate in Tallaght at about 12.30am yesterday.
The two children and the teenager were taken by ambulance to Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) in Crumlin, but all three were later pronounced dead.
A 14-year-old boy was also taken from the scene to Tallaght Hospital with serious injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening. The Garda Armed Support Unit used “less-than-lethal” devices to arrest a man in his early 20s at the scene.
The mother of the children, who was not injured at the scene, was also taken to CHI where she is receiving medical treatment.
Gardai said everyone involved was believed to be known to each other and officers were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
A forensic investigation was yesterday under way at the property, where the upstairs windows were smashed with blood visible on the window frames.
Charlie O’connor, a Fianna Fail councillor, who was at the scene yesterday morning, said there was widespread shock in the community.
“I don’t know how to describe it. I was getting calls from early morning with people bringing it to my attention,” he said.
“People are only now beginning to come out of their house. I was at the Catholic church a while ago and a lot people hadn’t heard, but the news was getting through.
“There is deep shock, people are really, really upset. Any event like this would cause shock but the fact that it involves children …”
Mr O’connor continued: “It’s a really shocking event for this community, and indeed for the wider Tallaght community and elsewhere. I was talking to the Gardai and they told me that their colleagues were all deeply shocked.
“It is terrible. We have to think of the family, think of their neighbours, think of the wider community.”