A dead man was reportedly taken into an Irish post office in an attempt to claim his pension.

The deceased was carried up to the counter by two other men, reports in Irish media said.

When the group approached, a "concerned staff member enquired about the wellbeing of the man being propped up", the Irish Times said.

At that point, the two others "dropped the man and left the post office", the paper added.

According to RTE, a man initially called into the post office on Staplestown Road in Carlow town to collect a pension on behalf of an elderly man.

he was apparently told, however, that the recipient had to be present, and two men arrived a short time later with the deceased.

no money was handed over, reports

The paper reported local Fine Gael councillor Fergal Byrne as saying : "The whole town is in shock.

Garda is investigating and a post mortem will be carried out.

It ’ s awful."

A Garda spokesperson said officers are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the unexplained death of a man in the Carlow area on Friday morning.

"the services of the garda technical bureau and the office of the state pathologist, the results of which will determine the course of the investigation.

The Irish Times reports the body of the man was left at the scene after the two men fled when a woman reported suspicions.

Carlow mayor Ken Murnane said the local community is absolutely shocked by the reports.

"it's unbelievable," he said.

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