Gardaí in Dundalk have begun a murder investigation following an attack on a mother-of-three in her home in the early hours of this morning.

A post mortem has established that 34-year-old Jacqueline McDonagh was beaten to death.

Her husband and children were in the house at the time.

Gardaí say they are keeping an open mind on the case and have renewed their appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

Ms McDonagh died after she sustained serious injuries to her head and body during the attack at her house at College Manor in Dundalk.

Gardaí have spoken briefly to her husband, but said that as he was extremely distressed they are waiting to speak to him again to see if he can assist with their inquiries.

The family moved to Dundalk from Finglas in Dublin last year because of an ongoing Traveller feud.