Gardaí believe they know the identity of the two men who brought a dead body into a Carlow Post Office in order to collect his pension.
One of the men is thought to be related to the deceased.
Irish Times journalist Jack Power described the incident as a “bizzare, bizarre story”:
“The series of events seems to have started shortly before half eleven yesterday,” Mr Power told The Anton Savage Show.
“When a man, who I believe was in his thirties, entered the Post Office on Staplestown Road in Carlow - a small corner shop that has a Post Office in it - looking to collect the weekly pension on behalf of another man and he was told the person himself would have to be present in the shop before the pension was paid over.
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“So then what happened a short time later, that man and another man came into the Post Office and they appeared to be propping up a third elderly man in his sixties. They sought to bring him up to the Post Office counter.
“The man was unresponsive and staff began to enquire about his well-being.
“And it seemed at that point that the two men who were propping him up, put him down on the ground and fled the Post Office.
“And then when staff went to check on the elderly man, it transpired that he was deceased, he was dead and obviously Gardaí and emergency services arrived and he was formally pronounced dead at the scene.”
The focus of Gardaí is now to carry out a post mortem and forensic crews have carried out work at the Post Office and a nearby residential home. The result of the post mortem examination will determine what action the Gardaí will pursue.