Gardaí have confirmed that the two bodies discovered on a small island in Lough Sheelin in Co Meath are those of two Dublin men who went missing a month ago.

The deaths are being treated as murder.

The victims, who appear to have been shot dead, are Anthony Keegan, 33, and Eoin O'Connor, 32, were last seen in Cavan on 22 April.

Post mortem examinations are being carried out this evening.

Gardaí have issued a fresh appeal for information on the movements of the men's Ford Focus car (04 D 46380).

They have also sought information from the boating and sailing community on Lough Sheelin.

A house near the shore of Lough Sheelin has been sealed for a forensic examination.

Detectives believe their disappearance is connected to the activities of an organised criminal gang.

Gardaí began searching the island on Lough Sheelin earlier this week after receiving information from local people.

The two bodies were discovered under tarpaulin, covered with vegetation, at around 4.30pm yesterday afternoon.

The men also appear to have been tied up.

Anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity is asked to contact Kells Garda Station on 046 9280828, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.