A post mortem examination is to be carried out on the body of a former garda detective who was found with gunshot wounds at a house in Bailieboro, Co Cavan.

He has been named locally as John Kerins.

The alarm was raised shortly before 11am when it emerged he had failed to turn up to bring a neighbour’s child to school.

When gardaí arrived at the house they found the front door unlocked and discovered his body in the sitting room. 

Initial reports suggest he was shot in the head and chest while watching television in the early hours of this morning.

There was no sign of forced entry into the house, which has been sealed off for a forensic and technical examination.

The 49-year-old, who was originally from Co Meath, had lived in the area for a number of years.

He was a former senior detective based in the northeast and also in specialised units, including the fraud squad, in Dublin.

He left the force in 2009 on a medical discharge.

He was arrested earlier this year in Cork and questioned about handling stolen property.

Mr Kerins was a suspect in the disappearance of a local man over a year ago and was also suspected of involvement in the drugs trade.

A post mortem examination is due to be carried out tomorrow at Our Lady's Hospital Navan.