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Five deaths in Cavan treated as ‘murder-suicide’

The deaths of five family members, including three young children, at a house in Cavan are being treated as murder-suicide by gardaí.

The scene remains sealed off for forensic examination. Credit: UTV

The bodies of a man and woman and their three sons – aged 13, 11 and six – were found at the property at Oakdene Downs, Barconey in Ballyjamesduff on Monday morning.

Assistant Garda Commissioner John O’Driscoll said: “We're not looking for anybody else - we believe all the answers are within that house.

“The most likely scenario is that one person within that house may have caused the death of others.

“All the circumstances will be explored, that is the position.”

Nothing had happened prior to this grim discovery which gave rise to anybody, including gardaí, having suspicion that anything was untoward.

– Assistant Garda Commissioner John O’Driscoll

It is understood that the tragedy was discovered when the children failed to turn up for school and gardaí visited the house shortly before midday.

According to the assistant commissioner, there is no evidence that a gun was used.

“A number of objects that were found in the house are subject to technical examination," he added.

"But until that examination is complete, we are not in a position to say the precise cause of death."

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Five family members found dead at house in Cavan

Gardaí are investigating after the bodies of five members of a family were discovered at a house in Co Cavan.

A man in his 40s, his wife aged in her 30s and their three sons aged 13, 11 and six were found dead at the property in Oakdene, Barconey, Ballyjamesduff on Monday morning.

Irish police said: “The Garda investigation is ongoing but at this stage we are not looking for anyone else in relation to the deaths.”

There are no further details the moment.

Police investigating armed robbery in Newtownabbey

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Police are investigating an armed robbery at a business in Newtownabbey on Sunday evening.

At around 9.50pm, two men reportedly entered the premises in the Carnmoney Road/Ballyduff Road area, one armed with a gun.

They demanded money and cigarettes before making off with a sum of cash and a quantity of cigarettes in the direction of the Ballyduff Road.

Staff were left badly shaken following the incident.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Antrim police station on 101, quoting reference number 1425 of 28/08/16.

Alternatively, anyone who wishes to pass on information anonymously can do so by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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