Gardaí in Carlow have arrested two men in connection with an attempt to collect a dead man's pension.

The 66-year-old man was brought to the post office on Staplestown Road last Friday morning by two men who left him there after staff became concerned for his welfare.

He was subsequently found to have died that morning and his body was removed from the scene.

Earlier a man had tried to collect his pension but was told the recipient had to be present.

Gardaí began a criminal investigation and this morning arrested two men in their 30s on suspicion of deception.

They are being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act in separate garda stations and can be questioned for up to 24 hours.

Their period of detention has already been extended for further questioning.

A post mortem examination will be conducted by the Office of the State Pathologist; the results of which will determine the course of the investigation.

Garda Headquarters said no further information is available at this time.