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Three young sisters dead after violent incident in Dublin

Police in Ireland are investigating the deaths of three sisters after a violent incident in Dublin.

A teenager and her two younger sisters died after an incident at a house in the Rossfield estate in Tallaght. Police were called there at around 12.30am on Sunday.

Two children and a teenager were taken by ambulance to Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) in Crumlin, but all three were later pronounced dead.

A teenage 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 non-lethal devices to arrest a man in his early 20s at the scene.

He is currently detained at Tallaght garda station under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. The mother of the children, who was not injured at the scene, was also taken to CHI and is currently receiving medical treatment.

Gardaí said all the people involved were believed to be known to each other and officers were not looking for anyone else in connection to the incident.

Gardaí in Tallaght have established an incident room and all the circumstances are being investigated under the direction of a senior investigating officer.

The scene in Rossfield estate remained sealed off and a forensic examination was to take place on Sunday by the garda technical bureau. The coroner’s office and the office of the state pathologist were informed. Postmortem examinations will also take place.

The Garda Síochána said it had appointed a family liaison officer and would continue to support those involved in conjunction with other state agencies.

Officers described it as a violent, challenging and traumatic incident which uniform unarmed garda first responders from Tallaght district responded to, supported by uniform members and armed detectives and specialist armed support unit members.

The gardaí also said they had put in place welfare support for all officers who attended the incident.

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