An Irishman in his 40s has died in an accident on the Canary Island of Tenerife.

It is understood Robert Delves, who was from north Co Dublin, fell from the balcony of a third-floor holiday apartment in the small resort of El Médano late last night.

Initial reports said the handrail of the balcony gave way.

Tenerife police have opened an investigation into his death.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance.