A couple in their 70s may have been dead for up to a year before being discovered yesterday afternoon in Co Tipperary.

Gardaí

Their bodies were found at a house in Cloneen, between Fethard and Mullinahone – but no foul play is suspected.

The alarm was raised by local residents, who hadn’t seen the couple for a long time.

Ralph Riegel, from the Irish Independent, says the gardai are keeping an open mind in their investigation.

‘The nature of the investigation will be determined by the findings of the postmortem, the bodies have not been formally identified, it’s possible that dental records may be required to do that.  We’re also told that the postmortem will be quite lengthy because of the period of time that has gone on between the time of death and the discovery of the bodies.’