A murder investigation is under way into the death of a woman in her 60s who was fatally assaulted in Dundalk, Co Louth.

Her body was found on Wednesday evening at a house on Bridge Street in the town.

A post-mortem examination was completed yesterday. The results are not being released for operational reasons.

A murder investigation has now commenced and the scene at Bridge Street was sealed off.

A senior investigating officer has been appointed and an incident room set up in Dundalk Garda Station.

A family liaison officer has also been appointed.

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau spent a number of hours carrying out forensic examinations of the scene earlier.

Gardaí also made door-to-door inquiries in the area around the property where the discovery was made.

They are appealing to anyone who was in the Bridge Street area yesterday afternoon or evening and has information to contact Dundalk Garda Station on 042 9388400, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.