The government of Mauritius has agreed to relook at the case of Michaela McAreavey, according to Northern Ireland's First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

The 27-year-old, the only daughter of All-Ireland winning football manager Mickey Harte, was strangled in her hotel room on the Indian Ocean island on 10 January 2011.

The Co Tyrone teacher, who had been married ten days earlier, was attacked as she returned to her room alone and disturbed a burglary.

Two former workers at the luxury resort, Sandip Moneea and Avinash Treebhoowoon, were acquitted after a high-profile trial on the island in the summer of 2012.

Today, First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill said they met Ms McAreavey’s family this morning to update them on the progress following engagement with the Mauritian government.

A statement from the Northern Ireland Executive website states that "options are currently being explored on how best to further support the family in their efforts to see justice delivered for Michaela".

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Ms McAreavey's husband John tweeted in response to the announcement saying it was "a significant step in the right direction".

Ms Foster said: "The death of Michaela McAreavey whilst on honeymoon touched everyone across Northern Ireland.

"I felt both a personal and professional responsibility to do everything possible to bring about justice for a young woman who was so cruelly taken from the many people who knew and loved her.

"And I'm pleased that one of my last duties as First Minister was to update the family on this important progress and show my support for their unrelenting campaign."

Ms O'Neill said: "Michaela McAreavey was a remarkable young woman; adored by her family, friends and students. The taking of her young life was devastating for all who knew her.

"Michaela deserves justice and the very least her family deserve is truth. No stone should be left unturned in pursuing that, and we will continue to do all we can to see it delivered."