Gardaí investigating the discovery of human remains in a bag on a road in Coolock in north Dublin last night have issued an appeal for people who have concerns about missing loved ones to contact them.

The remains were discovered in a sports bag by local people at the junction of Moatview Gardens and Moatview Drive.

They have been removed by ambulance to the City Morgue for a post-mortem examination.

The scene is being preserved for a forensic examination.

Garda teams are also searching a wider area including a green space near where the limbs were discovered.

They have not identified the victim, but believe the person died violently.

A co-ordination conference was held at Coolock Garda Station, an investigation team has been appointed and the resources required for a murder inquiry are being deployed.

Gardaí are checking the list of missing persons and recent reports from people trying to locate family members and loved ones.

They have also been investigating information they received in one case of a teenager involved in the drugs business.

The threat was that he would be abducted and murdered and his body dismembered.

Detectives insist, however, they are keeping an open mind on the case and say they will follow all lines of inquiry.

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An incident room has been established at Coolock and gardaí are appealing for witnesses, dash cam footage, or anyone with information to contact them on 01 6664200.