An investigation is under way following the discovery of human remains, believed to be a man, by the crew of a French fishing trawler off the Irish coast at the weekend.

The discovery was made by the crew of the French-registered vessel, Rio da Bouza, at around 2.30am on Saturday 19 January.

The vessel was 180 nautical miles from Castletownbere, Co Cork when the partial remains were recovered.

It is understood that the remains consist of a man's body from the waist down.

The ship docked at Castletownbere the following morning and the discovery was reported to gardaí.

The remains were taken to Cork University Hospital where a post-mortem examination was carried out today by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.

DNA samples were taken to identify the remains which it is understood were clothed.

Gardaí are liaising with Interpol as part of their investigation.

Additional reporting Jennie O'Sullivan