A man has been charged with the murder of three siblings in Dublin.
Lisa Cash, 18, and her eight-year-old twin siblings Christy and Chelsea Cawley died during an incident at their home in Tallaght in the early hours of Sunday.
Andrew Cash, 24, of Rossfield Avenue, Tallaght appeared at a special sitting of the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin on Monday evening charged with their murder.
The court heard he replied “no comment” to each charge, and he was remanded into custody.
Garda Robert Whitty told the court the accused was cautioned and charged with three counts of murder at 7.51pm on Monday.
Judge Patricia McNamara remanded Cash in custody at Cloverhill Prison to appear in court via videolink on Friday at 10am.
Earlier, a vigil was held in Tallaght in memory of the siblings with a large crowd gathered outside the house to mourn alongside family and friends.
Balloons were released and candles were lit along the wall outside the house in their memory as songs were played to the crowd.
Dozens of bunches of flowers, teddy bears and candles have been placed along the wall as well as photographs of the three, showing Christy and Chelsea making their first Holy Communion.
Officers had been called to the property in the Rossfield estate in Tallaght at about 12.30am on Sunday.
The victims’ 14-year-old brother was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries after the incident.
Their mother, a woman in her 40s, was released from hospital on Sunday and is being supported by her family.
Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin expressed his “deepest sympathies” to the victims’ family, and said that the “terrible tragedy” had “left the nation shocked and very saddened”.
Ireland’s Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, described the deaths as “dreadful and traumatic”, saying it was “one of the worst incidents that I’ve heard of or come across in my service”.
The commissioner appealed to anyone who was in the area at the time, and who may have any information, to come forward to aid the gardai with their investigation.