Gardai in Balbriggan are appealing for anyone with information to come forward after a man’s body was discovered beside a burning car at Walshestown on the M1 on Tuesday.

The victim was shot several times and gardai are treating his death as murder. The body was found at Rowan’s Little, near Junction 5 on the motorway.

Gardai are anxious to speak to anyone who travelled along the M1 Dublin to Belfast motorway near Junction 5 at between 11pm and midnight on Tuesday or who may have seen anything suspicious.

Officers responded to reports shortly after 11pm that a car, believed to be an Opel Insignia, was on fire near the motorway. When they arrived at 11.20pm they discovered the man’s body next to the car.

The scene was preserved for a forensic examination and diversions were in place for much of Wednesday.

Detectives suspect the man’s death is connected to organised crime and are looking at the possibility that it could be linked to the ongoing criminal feuds in Dublin and Drogheda.