A man has been shot dead in North County Dublin.
His body was discovered beside a burning car near Balbriggan shortly before midnight.
Gardaí and emergency services were responding to reports of a car on fire at Walshestown, just off Junction 5 on the M1.
When they arrived the body of a man – whose age is not yet known – was discovered on the ground beside the vehicle.
He had been shot a number of times.
The body remains at the scene this morning – which is being preserved for a technical examination.
Investigating Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the shooting to come forward.