The trial of Joe O'Reilly, who has been charged with the murder of his wife Rachel, has been deferred until next Monday.

The trial was scheduled to begin at the Central Criminal Court this morning.

When it gets underway, the Director of Public Prosecutions expects the case to last five to six weeks.

Joe O'Reilly, with an address at Lambay View in Beldarragh, The Naul, Co Dublin, is accused of murdering mother-of-two Rachel O'Reilly in October 2004.