8-years-old Twins, Chelsea and Christy Cawley, were stabbed to death along with their sister Lisa Cash

8-years-old Twins, Chelsea and Christy Cawley, were stabbed to death along with their sister Lisa Cash

The youngsters, eight-year-old twins Chelsea and Christy Cawley and their elder sister Lisa Cash, 18, were stabbed to death by a man, 25, at their family home in Jobstown, Tallaght in the early hours of today morning, Sunday, September 4.

A Garda spokesman said this evening: “Gardaí in Tallaght continue to investigate all the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Lisa Cash, Christy, and Chelsea Cawley at a property in Rossfield Estate, Tallaght, on Sunday. Their mother, a woman in her 40s, has been released from the hospital and is currently being supported by her family. The Family Liaison Officer continues to keep her updated as to the course of this investigation.”

The three siblings were stabbed to death during a violent incident in Tallaght overnight

The three siblings stabbed to death during a horrific incident in Tallaght overnight have been named. Twins Christy and Chelsea Cawley (aged 8) and their older sister Lisa Cash (18) perished following the violent attack at their home in the Rossfield estate shortly after midnight.

A suspect known to the victims, aged in his early 20s, was captured at the site after being subdued by members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU) using non-lethal weapons. The victim’s 14-year-old sibling was also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

At this stage, it is thought all four siblings were stabbed by a man familiar to them who used a huge bladed instrument. Gardaí on Sunday afternoon published images of the three siblings.

Neighbors at the Rossfield estate in Brookfield this morning voiced their astonishment at the fatalities and described hearing screaming coming from the property shortly after midnight. One neighbor stated they heard a female voice shouting “help me help me” as well as the sound of windows crashing before gardai came on the scene.

In a statement on Sunday afternoon, the gardaí stated the victims’ mother, aged in her 40s, has been released from the hospital and is being supported by family members. “The Family Liaison Officer continues to keep her updated as to the course of this investigation,” gardaí stated. “Their sibling (14 years) remains in Tallaght University Hospital with significant but non-life threatening injuries.

“ The scene remains preserved for forensic analysis by the Garda Technical Bureau. “ Post mortems will take done on the bodies of the deceased this afternoon and tomorrow by State Pathologist Dr. Sally Anne Collis.

The guy in his early 20s arrested at the scene continues to be detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, in Tallaght Garda Station.” The suspect was detained soon before 1 is by members of the Armed Support Unit and taken into custody at Tallaght garda station. Emergency responders desperately fought to save the three siblings, but they were tragically proclaimed dead.

Gardaí were today carrying out door-to-door investigations while forensic officers have also been undertaking an inspection of the location. A number of damaged windows were evident at the front of the residence including an upstairs window and front room.

Gardaí said they are continuing to examine all of the facts surrounding the incident at the residence in Rossfield Estate, Tallaght on Sunday. In a statement on Sunday afternoon, the local St Aidan’s Senior National School, which Chelsea and Christy attended, expressed their condolences at the incident.

“We are very disturbed by the situation that transpired over the weekend,” the school said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the deceased. “ As a school, our priority will be to take every measure to ensure that the needs of our students and their families are fulfilled, at this trying time. “

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We will be offering support to kids and school staff to help them deal with this tragedy and have asked for the support of the National Education Psychological Service in this respect.” Speaking from the scene this morning local Fianna Fail councilor Charlie O’Connor said the community was horrified by what happened.

 “I started getting calls early this morning, i was genuinely shocked, the community is shocked, we have to certainly think of the family and sympathize with the family, and hope they get all the help they need,” he said. “I understand gardaí on the scene are also deeply startled as you’d expect. ”

Not only here in Rossfield but the wider Tallaght neighborhood, this is a truly horrible tragedy.” Unarmed gardaí were the first to respond to reports of an incident which a spokeswoman has characterized as “violent, challenging and traumatic”.

Gardaí is not seeking anyone else in regard to this incident, at this time. The tragedy has been termed as “unfathomable” by the Mayor of South Dublin Emma Murphy. “It’s unbelievable. It’s horrible. The specifics are still surfacing this morning, but the loss of three young lives is just unfathomable,” she told Independent. ie.

Ms Murphy, the Mayor of South Dublin, said: “People are waking up on a Sunday morning to the most horrific news of three young lives lost, and it’s going to be a really, really tough path ahead for the local community there.”

An Garda Síochána have established a family liaison officer, and will continue to support the family concerned in cooperation with other state services. A Garda spokeswoman said: “This violent, challenging and upsetting event was responded to by uniform unarmed Garda first responders from Tallaght District, assisted by uniform members and armed detectives from the larger DMR South Division and Specialist Armed Support Unit personnel. ”

An Garda Síochána has put in place welfare services for, and will continue to support, all members who attended this incident.” Meanwhile Justice Minister Helen McEntee said today that the assassination of three young family members “is a tragedy so horrific and heartbreaking it is difficult to comprehend.” She added: “My thoughts are with the family and the local community as they struggle with this unimaginable crime. Gardaí and other services are supporting them at this difficult time.”

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