Gardai are investigating the discovery of a body on a farm near Cork City.

The discovery of the body was made this afternoon in a slurry pit on a farm in the Whitechurch area north of Cork City.

The body was found by the landowner who alerted the gardai immediately.

The Office of the State Pathologist has also been notified.

A full investigation into the discovery is now underway.

However, it is understood this can only take place after the contents of the slurry pit has been emptied and full safety controls are put in place.