Gardaí investigating "all circumstances" in Tallaght deaths as ages of victims confirmed 8 months ago

Gardaí investigating "all circumstances" in Tallaght deaths as ages of victims confirmed

Gardaí have confirmed that an 18-year-old girl and a pair of eight-year-old twins – one boy and one girl – were fatally injured.

Gardaí investigating a fatal violent incident in Dublin have confirmed the ages of the victims involved; ranging from eight years of age to 18.


In the early hours of Sunday morning (4 September), Gardaí attended the scene of a incident at a residence in Tallaght.

At approximately half past midnight on Sunday morning (4 September), Gardaí were informed of the incident which occurred in the Rossfield Estate in Tallaght, Dublin 24.

Three siblings – two children and one teenager – were removed from the scene by ambulance and taken to Children's Health Ireland (CHI) at Crumlin. All three were later pronounced as deceased.

In an update issued on Sunday morning, Gardaí have confirmed that an 18-year-old female and a pair of twins; a boy and a girl aged eight, were fatally injured during the course of the incident.


Gardaí also confirmed that a 14-year-old boy was injured. He was taken to Tallaght Hospital with serious injuries, though they are understood to be non life-threatening.

Following an intervention by Garda Armed Support Unit members that involved the discharge of "less than lethal" devices, a man aged in his early 20s was arrested at the scene.

The man has been detained at Tallaght Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. Gardaí continue to investigate "all circumstances" surrounding the incident.


A woman, the mother of the three children, was also removed to CHI Crumlin. Though she wasn't injured at the scene, she has received medical treatment.

All persons involved in the incident are believed to be known to each, according to Gardaí. Investigating officers are not looking for anybody else in connection with the incident at this time.

The scene in Tallaght has been sealed off so that a forensic examination may be carried out later on Sunday by the Garda Technical Bureau.

The coroner's office and the office of the State Pathologist have been informed. Post-mortem examinations, yet to be arranged, will take place.


A family liaison officer has been appointed. An Garda Síochána will continue to offer support to the family, in conjunction with other state agencies.

Gardaí, in describing the incident as "violent. challenging and traumatic", noted that the incident was responded to be uniform unarmed Garda first respoonders from the Tallaght District. They were supported by uniform members and armed detectives from the wider DMR South Division and Specialist Armed Support Unit members.

Welfare supports have been put in place for all Garda personnel who attended the incident.

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