Man arrested as part of Aoife Phelan murder inquiry

Aoife Phelan
Image caption Aoife Phelan has not been seen since she left a friend's house in Portlaoise

Gardaí investigating the disappearance of Aoife Phelan have arrested a man in his 20s.

It is understood he is being questioned at Portlaoise Garda Station.

Earlier, officers discovered the body of a female near Portlaoise.

A preliminary examination has been completed on the remains which were uncovered at around midday, during a dig in a field at the back of a house on the Timahoe Road.

The remains have now been taken away for a post mortem at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore

Ms Phelan, who was four months pregnant, went missing in Portlaoise 13 days ago.

A search by divers on the river Barrow has been stood down.

A 24-year-old man who had been questioned in relation to the disappearance of Ms Phelan was released without charge on Tuesday.

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