Investigations are currently underway into the violent death of a taxi driver who was found near Dundalk early on Monday.
Gardaí in Co. Louth are investigating the body of the 53-year-old which was found on a small road near the M1 motorway at around 3am by a female passer-by.
The victim has been named locally as Martin Mulligan who lived at the Lower Point Road in Dundalk. A Skoda Octavia with a taxi plate on the roof was found near the body.
Mr. Mulligan was pronounced dead at the scene, and his body remains at the location for further technical examinations. Forensic officers have erected a tent over his body.
The Gardaí are treating the case as suspicious due to reports of stab wounds on the victim.
Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis has visited the scene. Members of his family visited the scene earlier this morning.
A media briefing is currently ongoing at Dundalk Garda Station.
Gardaí are appealing for anyone who travelled the road between 2am and 3am to contact them with information.