Bodies of missing Carlow children found after Mayo crash

Eoghan and Ruairi Chada
Image caption Gardaí had earlier issued a child rescue alert seeking help in finding the children

Police in the Republic of Ireland called to a car crash have discovered the bodies of two children who had been declared missing in County Carlow.

The car struck a wall at Clooneen, just outside Westport, County Mayo, at 15:30 BST on Monday.

The area has been sealed off for a forensic examination.

The bodies are believed to be those of Eoghan Chada, 10, and his five-year-old brother Ruairi.

The driver of the car has been taken to hospital. He is not thought to be seriously injured and continues to receive medical treatment.

The scene has been preserved for forensic technical examination and the office of the state pathologist has been notified.

The children were reported missing at 01:30 BST after they left the family home in Ballinkillen, County Carlow, on Sunday with their father Sanjeev Chada, to go bowling in Carlow town.

Police had earlier issued a child rescue alert seeking the public's help in finding the children.

They do not believe the children died from injuries received in the crash.

A preliminary examination was carried out at the scene by the deputy state pathologist on Monday evening.

Police said the bodies would be removed to Mayo General Hospital for a post-mortem examination on Tuesday.

They said the results of this examination would "determine the course of the investigation".

Parish priest Fr Declan Foley was with the boys' mother when she learned they had died.

He said she was devastated by what had happened.