Police are hunting a man in Dublin after the bodies of a mother and her two young children were found at a property today.
Gardai have sealed off a property on the Llewelyn estate in Ballinteer, South Dublin, where the bodies were found.
The victims are a woman, said to be the children's mother, and a young boy and girl, aged between nine and 11, the Irish Post reports.
The woman's body was found in a bedroom upstairs and the children were found in another room, according to the Irish Independent.
Gardai are looking to speak to a man in his 30s who is said to be known to the deceased.
Gardai at a house in Llewellyn estate in Ballinteer, south Dublin, following the discovery of bodies of a woman and two young children
'Gardaí are currently at the scene of an incident at a residential property in South Dublin where the bodies of two children and an adult have been discovered,' Garda Headquarters told the Irish Times in a statement.
'There is no further information available at this time.'
Neighbours became concerned when after not seeing the family for a number of days, leading them to contact Gardai who attended the property earlier today.
When officers arrived, similar concerns led them to break into the house, where they made the tragic discovery.
The Irish Times confirmed the woman was married and lived with her children at the property.
Gardai are pictured at the house in Ballinteer, south Dublin. Officers are said to have broken into the property after becoming concerned about the welfare of the people inside
Locator map shows the location where the mother and her two children were found in south Dublin
News of the tragedy comes just two days after a father and his two grown-up sons were found dead on a farm in an alleged dispute over inheritance money.
The father, 59, and his two sons, aged 22 and 25, were discovered at Assolas near Kanturk, County Cork, on Monday.
Neighbours called the police at around 6.30am to report that a distraught woman was saying that gunshots had gone off in her home.
The shootings were related to simmering tensions over a will and the inheritance of the 150-acre farm, the Irish Times reported.
Detectives said that one of the sons and his mother had returned to the family home on Sunday night after spending time away.
That son was shot dead in his bedroom, according to The Times. The mother, in her 60s, managed to flee the home and raise the alarm.
While the police were on their way to the home, they were informed that further gunfire had been heard.