Three members of a family, including nine-year-old twin boys, have been found dead in a suspected double murder-suicide.
The youngsters were found dead in their home just outside the town of Charleville in north county Cork shortly before 5pm today.
About an hour later the body of a relative of the boys, believed to be aged in his early 20s, was found in a forested area about 10 miles away.
Garda detectives are not seeking anyone in connection with his death. Post-mortems are expected to be carried out tomorrow.
Gardai appealed for anyone with information to contact them at a police station or anonymously on 1800 666 111.