A woman and her daughter who were found dead at a house in Kerry received multiple stab wounds.
Gardai have launched a murder investigation after the bodies of a 27-year-old woman and her 8 year-old daughter were discovered with the violent injuries at a house in Killorgan, Co Kerry.
Post mortem examinations will be carried out today on the bodies which were found at a house in Killorglin, Co Kerry last night.
The alarm was raised at around 8.30pm on Sunday when a friend called to the house at 9 Langford Downs, a relatively new estate less than half a mile from the town centre.
The body of the little girl was discovered in an upstairs room, while the body of her 27-year-old mother was downstairs.
It is understood that mother and daughter were from Lithuania but had been living in Co Kerry for the past five years and the woman was working locally.
The young girl was a pupil and a local national school.
The scene was preserved last night awaiting the arrival of a Garda technical team from Dublin.
Late last night the bodies remained at the scene.
Assistant State pathologist, Dr Margot Bolster, is expected to carry out a preliminary examination at the house this morning.
The remains are likely to be removed to the morgue at Kerry General Hospital once the pathologist carries out an initial examination at the scene.
Local Fianna Fail councillor Paul O’Donoghue said he was saddened and shocked to hear of the tragedy.
Mr O’Donoghue’s solicitor’s firm is located on Langford Street in the town, about 100 yards from the Langford Downs estate where the bodies were discovered.
He said it was a lovely, quiet residential area built in the past 10 years and local people would be horrified to hear of the tragedy.
“I’m devastated to hear this and everyone will want to know what happened and how it happened,” Mr O’Donoghue told the Irish Independent.
“It’s not the first tragedy we’ve had in Killorglin in the past 12 months or so and it’s just very sad to think such an awful tragedy has hit the town again.”
Anyone with information has been asked to contact the gardai in Killorglin on 066 9790500, the garda confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.