The body of a man has been found on the grounds of Galway City Hall.

Gardaí were called to the scene after midday, where the man's remains were located in an area covered with shrubbery a short distance from the main Galway City Council building.

It is understood the man was homeless and originally from the Galway area.

His body has been taken to University Hospital Galway, where a postmortem examination will be carried out.

The scene where the remains were found has been sealed off and will be subject to a technical examination by gardaí.

This afternoon's scheduled meeting of Galway City Council has been deferred as a result of the death.