GARDAI are treating as suspicious the discovery of a man's body beside city-centre flats.
The body of a white adult male was found shortly before 6pm by the Garden City complex on Bachelor's Quay in Cork.
It is understood to have been spotted underneath a chute and beside a large rubbish skip.
A local resident discovered the remains as they were cleaning drains and chutes by the building yesterday evening.
The body was found just metres from the Gate Cinema and less than 100 metres from the Bridewell garda station.
It was partially covered and no wounds were immediately visible. It is understood that the individual died in the past 36 hours.
Detectives sealed off the scene last night to allow for a full examination by technical experts.
The body was scheduled to be examined last night by assistant state pathologist Margaret Bolster.
It will be removed to Cork University Hospital for a full post-mortem later today.
Last night, senior gardai said they were treating the death as suspicious.
Gardai began questioning residents of the complex in a bid to identify the dead man and to determine if anyone heard or saw anything suspicious.
Detectives will also examine CCTV footage from the Bachelor's Quay and North Main Street area.
Locals last night expressed shock at the discovery.
"The first we knew about it was when we saw a lot of gardai around the place and they then started putting up the crime scene tape.
"I heard that it was the body of a man but no one seems to know what is going on," one local resident said.
The area has a large number of shops and restaurants and gardai stressed that the number of security cameras in the area where the body was found is among the highest in Cork city centre.
Bachelor's Quay, which faces on to the River Lee, is also busy with pedestrians and motorists, and gardai have appealed for anyone who may have spotted anything suspicious to contact them.