RTÉ has confirmed that a sixth series of crime drama Love/Hate is in development, but that the series will not hit television screens next year.

RTÉ Television’s Head of Drama said: "RTÉ can confirm that Love/Hate will not return to screens in 2015. A sixth series is currently in development with the writer and creator Stuart Carolan and Octagon Films."

Jane Gogan added: "It's just a week since the series finale aired and RTÉ, the producers and Stuart feel it's important to take time and reflect before going to production with  a sixth season."

Over a million people tuned in to watch the series finale last Sunday to find out what happened to Nidge.

RTÉ says it now wants "to ensure the writing, preparation and production of a subsequent series mirrors the high standards Love/Hate viewers have come to expect over the past five seasons."