The inquest into the death of Co Dublin woman Rachel O'Reilly has been adjourned for six months by the Dublin County Coroner's Court.

The adjournment was requested by Garda Inspector Sean Galway because of ongoing inquiries into the woman's murder.

It follows this morning's exhumation of Mrs O'Reilly's body at Fingal Cemetery. Garda forensic specialists examined the body for two hours before it was re-interred.

The mother of two was found dead at her home in The Naul in north Co Dublin last October.

At the inquest in Tallaght today the State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy, said she carried out a post mortem on Mrs O'Reilly the day after the murder.

Dr Cassidy said the 30-year-old had a fractured skull and damage to her brain. She said the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

Mrs O'Reilly's parents were in the coroner's court for the short hearing. Her mother, Rose Callely, said in evidence that she had identified her daughter's body in the mortuary.

Mrs Callely said she had been accompanied there by Rachel's husband, Joe, and his brother, Derek. She also said she had last seen her daughter five days before her death when she had lunch with her and her son.

The coroner sympathised with the family before adjourning the hearing.