Update 6pm: Gardaí have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a male torso in a suitcase in the Grand Canal at Kildare.
Detectives believe the victim met a violent death in recent days but have yet to formally identify the remains.
Gardaí have appealed for information from anybody who may have seen the suitcase in the water at any time since last Thursday. They are reviewing missing persons files as part of their investigation.
The remains were discovered in a dark-coloured suitcase in the Grand Canal near Celbridge, Co Kildare yesterday afternoon at around 3.30pm.
Walkers on the popular canalside towpath who came across the case, at a stretch of the waterway 500 metres from Ardclough, beside the Lyons Estate, raised the alarm.
Superintendent Gerry Wall said: “From the early evidence and investigation we’re satisfied that this is a recent event,” he said.
“I’m clarifying that – that it’s a recent event as far as we’re concerned in this investigation. The nature of what we’ve discovered would suggest a violent death and that’s all I can say at the present time.
"Gardaí are appealing for anyone who used the canal between last Thursday the 14th of January and Saturday the 16th of January in the area between Kearneystown and Ardclough Bridge to contact Leixlip Garda Station on 01 666 7800.
"People may have walked or cycled or been in the area in the last week and we are asking them to please contact us."
Update 1.15pm: The body of an unidentified person found in the Grand Canal in Co Kildare yesterday has been removed from the scene.
The remains in the container are said to be the torso of a person (confirmed by gardaí this afternoon).
Garda forensic and underwater teams are due to carry out searches in Grand Canal today in Co Kildare following the discovery of a body in the water.
The remains were discovered at Ardclough Village in Co Kildare yesterday afternoon.
The body, believed to have been dismembered, was discovered in a container in the water at Ardclough yesterday at around 3.30pm. A group of young men saw the container in the water beside the Lyons Estate, close to Ardclough village, and opened it to discover the remains within.
The gender and age group of the deceased have yet to be established.
The body remains at the scene this morning under tight security as Garda forensic and underwater teams prepare to carry out searches the length and breadth of the Canal.
The deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis is due to carry out an examination later as the gender and age group of the deceased is still a mystery.
Gardaí in Leixlip are appealing for witnesses following the grim discovery, and are holding a case conference today.