'Sincerest condolences' Justice Minister Helen McEntee says Kanturk shooting is an 'unspeakable tragedy'
The Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has described a suspected murder-suicide on a Kanturk farm as an “unspeakable tragedy."
Detectives in Cork are now investigating if Mark O’Sullivan (25) was confronted by his father, Timothy ‘Tadhg’ O’Sullivan (59), and brother Diarmuid (23) in the bedroom of the family home at Assolas, outside Kanturk, Co Cork, before being shot dead.
The bodies of his father and younger brother were later found 600 metres from the farmhouse off the Castlemagner-Kanturk road.
Both had suffered a single gunshot injury and were lying only a few metres apart and gardaí discovered two rifles nearby.
Officers have confirmed that they have recovered three legally-held firearms, two rifles and a shotgun, which were found at both scenes.
And speaking on Morning Ireland the Minister offered her condolences to the family of the victims and the entire community of Kanturk.
“This is an absolute tragedy, I want to offer my sincerest condolences to the family and to the entire community who I know are in shock,” she said.
“And just to acknowledge I know that a lot of local services attended the scene and to thank them in the way that they carried out their work.
"This is an unspeakable tragedy and I really hope that the family can find some solace somehow.
“With an ongoing case there is still a lot of work to do here.
“But I just want to offer my deepest condolences to absolutely everybody involved.”
Post-mortems on the bodies of Tadhg and Diarmuid were carried out at Cork University Hospital (CUH) yesterday while a third post-mortem is expected to be carried out today on Mark.
It is understood that a formal identification of the three bodies has yet to be carried out as Ann O’Sullivan (60), mother to both sons and Tadgh’s wife, has been unable to attend the hospital mortuary.