A human torso has been found during a scheduled dig by gardaí at Tolka Valley Park in Finglas.

The discovery of the "mainly intact" torso was found as part of searches for the remains of convicted rapist James Nolan.

Nolan disappeared in 2010 at the age of 46. A dismembered arm which washed up on Dollymount Beach in 2011 was later confirmed to be Nolan's.

This latest discovery was made yesterday at around 1pm. Cadaver dogs were used to detect human scent beneath the surface.

A forensic archaeologist is also onsite to supervise.

Superintendent William Carolan told a media briefing that the dig stopped immediately, and they notified the state pathologist. The torso has been removed to the city mortuary where a post-mortem examination is being carried out.

Supt Carolan said they could not yet confirm that the torso was that of James Nolan and DNA analysis was required.

Gardaí began digging in the area on Saturday 1 April on foot of specific information. Supt Carolan would not confirm that this was received in a letter sent to Nolan's relatives.

Supt Carolan again appealed to the public for information.

Nolan's family were informed yesterday and a garda family liasion officer is in contact with them.

The dig will continue for around another ten days, with around 50% of the site already searched.

No other search site has been identified. Gardaí are continuing to investigate.