THE body of a woman was discovered in an apartment as staff from the sheriff's office arrived to take it into possession.
The sheriff's team, backed up by gardai, arrived at the Longboat Quay apartment off Sir John Rogerson's Quay in Dublin at noon yesterday.
They made the grim discovery inside the apartment that they had been sent to reclaim.
It is understood the owner of the apartment had made an agreement with the sheriff's office to vacate the fourth floor property, and that there had been communications between both parties last Friday.
However, when the sheriff's team gained access to the apartment, they found the body of the woman.
The apartment block looks out on to the Dublin Docklands and the unfinished Anglo Irish Bank headquarters across the Liffey.
It is understood that the woman was found in a bedroom of the property. A close relative also lives in the same building.
Witnesses described seeing emergency services race to the scene shortly after midday. "I saw an advance paramedic arrive followed by a fire brigade and an ambulance, and then more gardai," said one.
The city sheriff's office did not comment on the matter when approached.
A garda spokesperson said they were not treating the woman's death as suspicious, but were investigating what could be a personal tragedy.
It is not known if the woman who died was the owner of the apartment.
Detectives and forensic gardai carried out a thorough examination of the scene, as the woman's body remained in the apartment yesterday afternoon.
Her body was then removed to the city morgue for a post-mortem examination to discover how and when she died.
Longboat Quay was built in 2007 at the height of the boom that transformed the docklands, and is also close to the Grand Canal Dock and the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.
It is split into two blocks, and the body was found at the Longboat Quay North complex, which is nearest the Liffey.