GARDAI have launched an investigation after the body of a mother of two was found in an upstairs room of her home.
The cause of death will not be known until a post-mortem examination is carried out today.
Gardai were called to the house at the Edgeworth Court estate in the centre of Longwood in Co Meath shortly before 5pm yesterday.
They discovered the woman's body upstairs in the house and she was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards.
There were no visible injuries on the body but gardai became concerned and ordered further inquiries into the incident.
The woman's partner was in the house when gardai called and he complained of injuries to parts of his body.
He was taken to Mullingar General Hospital for a medical examination.
The couple are both Latvians. The dead woman is 35 and her partner is also in his 30s.
Their two children, understood to be aged 11 and 14, were being comforted by neighbours last night.
The area was sealed off pending the arrival this morning of members of the technical bureau from garda headquarters in the Phoenix Park.
They will carry out a full forensic examination of the scene, which will be a key factor in the garda investigation.
The woman's body remained at the scene overnight and gardai said it would not be taken away for a post-mortem examination until later this morning.
Officers said a decision on the course of their investigation would not be taken until the post-mortem confirmed the cause of death. The pathologist is also expected to determine when she died.
Residents of the estate gathered in small groups last night as news spread of her death.
Longwood is a primarily rural area – although it is only 30 miles from Dublin city centre. Its population increased considerably during the building boom.
Gardai from Trim and Longwood have appealed to anybody who may have heard or noticed anything suspicious in the area earlier yesterday to contact them locally or on the confidential line, 1800 666111.
By Tom Brady