Gardaí are trying to identify a body following the discovery of remains in the water in Galway Bay this afternoon.

The alarm was raised by a member of the public who was walking on the causeway to Mutton Island and spotted the body in the water.

Galway RNLI Lifeboat, gardaí and a crew from Galway Fire Brigade attended the scene and recovered the body before taking it to University College Hospital for a post mortem.

It is understood that the body may have been in the water for some time.

Gardaí are examining a list of missing people in the city.