Gardaí are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a man's body at an apartment complex in Cork city centre this evening.

It is understood the man's death is being treated as suspicious.

The body was discovered at City Garden Apartments, a busy apartment complex on North Main Street and Bachelor's Quay.

Gardaí were called to the building at around 5.30pm.

When they arrived the body was on the ground floor of the complex, close to an internal refuse chute.

The scene was preserved as teams of detectives began working their way through up to 80 apartments within the complex to try to establish if anybody was missing.

That task has been made more difficult by the mix of residents of various nationalities, who speak a variety of different languages.

The identity and age of the dead man have not yet been established.

Gardaí are understood to be trying to ascertain if marks on the man's body are consistent with a fall or if they were the result of an assault.

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster made a preliminary examination of the scene tonight.

A post mortem examination to be conducted tomorrow is likely to dictate the direction of the garda investigation.