Gardaí in Dublin have identified the woman found in a travel bag in Dublin this morning as a student from Malawi.

The victim was in her 20s and had been in Ireland for the last two years.

A post mortem conducted tonight showed she died from asphyxiation.

The victim will not be officially named until her relatives have been informed.

Earlier, gardaí appealed for information after the discovery of the body in large holdall bag in Dublin.

The body was found by a passerby on Blackhorse Avenue at around 8.30am.

A person out walking came across a large holdall bag with wheels and a handle near St David's Terrace and when they examined it they found the body of a woman inside.

A murder investigation has been launched.

The deputy State Pathologist attended the scene and a post mortem was carried out at the City Morgue.

Gardaí believe that the luggage bag was placed on the street at some stage yesterday afternoon or evening prior to 7pm

They carried out house-to-house inquiries in the area and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 01 6668200, or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.