The family of a man who died in Waterford three years ago has called on gardaí to complete their investigations and have questioned why an inquest still has not been held.

Danny McAllister, a 54-year-old former Irish international boxer, was found dead at the back of a house on Francis Street in Waterford city in March 2015.

At the time gardaí said they were treating the death as suspicious. They now say the death remains under active investigation and a number of people have yet to be interviewed.

Mr McAllister, who was originally from Belfast and was living alone in Waterford, was found dead in the back garden of an elderly neighbour.

State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy carried out a post-mortem examination, the results of which have not been released.

The garda investigation centred on how Mr McAllister came to be in the garden and if he had been chased or had fallen from a wall and subsequently suffered fatal injuries.

Gardaí checked CCTV footage from a pub Mr McAllister had been drinking in the previous night, took statements and carried out door-to-door inquiries. 

They say they are waiting to re-interview a number of men.

Colin McAllister, a brother of Danny, said the family still did not have a death certificate, they have never been issued with a coroner's report and no inquest had been held.

He said the family had a lot of questions they need answered about their brother's death and they wanted some form of closure.

The coroner's office in Waterford said it will put Mr McAllister's case in its next listings and it will be fixed for later this month or August.