Police in India have charged a 23-year-old man with the murder and rape of Co Donegal woman Danielle McLaughlin in the western Indian state of Goa.

Police in India say the results of a post-mortem examination show that Ms Laughlin was raped before she was murdered.

Ms McLaughlin, who was 28, was from Buncrana.

She had been celebrating the Indian spring festival of Holi at Goa's popular Palolem beach on Monday night, according to police.

Her badly bruised body was found a few kilometres away in Canacona by a farmer early the next day. 

CCTV footage has emerged that shows Ms McLaughlin walking along a street with the suspect.

A vigil has been held close to the spot where Ms McLaughlin's body was found. 

Yesterday, Ms McLaughlin's mother paid tribute to her daughter saying she will be "sadly missed".

Ms McLaughlin travelled to India using a British passport so the local British consulate is taking the lead in liaising with authorities.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said the Irish Embassy is working closely with the British authorities in relation to Ms McLaughlin's death.