Morning top 5: Cavan postmortems, Apple tax ruling and tributes to Gene Wilder

The headlines this Tuesday morning

Postmortems will be carried out today on the bodies of five family members found dead after a murder-suicide in Cavan.

The deceased have been named locally as primary school deputy principal Alan Hawe, who was in his 40s; his wife, Clodagh, who was in her 30s and also a teacher; and their three sons.

Their bodies were found in a house at Oakdene Downs in Barconey, near Ballyjamesduff, yesterday morning.


The European Commission is expected to order Ireland to recoup billions of euro in tax arrears from Apple.

Competition commissioner Margarethe Vestager will publish the findings of a long-running inquiry into the company’s tax status in Ireland later this morning. 

Ireland and Apple deny claims that the tech giant reached a private deal with the Revenue Commissioners, and both have said they will appeal the ruling.


Co-stars, directors and admirers have been remembering Gene Wilder, the beloved actor who has died at the age of 83 after suffering complications linked to Alzheimer's disease.

The American film legend, who starred in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, passed away on Sunday night in Stamford, Connecticut.

Julie Dawn Cole, who was just 12 years old when she played spoilt Veruca Salt in the 1971 film, described him as a "father figure" to the cast who was "quiet, gently, funny and patient".


Around 6,500 migrants have been rescued off Libya, according to the Italian coastguard, in one of its biggest co-ordinated operations in recent years.

Over the past year, 105,342 migrants have reached Italy by boat, most of them setting off from Libya.

Some 617 of those saved yesterday were rescued during operations by the Irish vessel LÉ James Joyce. 


A British man who was stabbed in Australia as he tried to save another backpacker has died from his injuries, police have said.

Tom Jackson (30) sustained critical head injuries when he intervened as fellow Briton Mia Ayliffe-Chung was stabbed to death in north Queensland last Tuesday.

Detectives plan to upgrade a charge of attempted murder against suspect Smail Ayad, a 29-year-old Frenchman, when he next appears in court at the end of October.