It follows the death of a man who has been in hospital since January

A murder investigation has begun, following the death of a man who's been in hospital since January.

36 year old Seamus Bell from Carrickmacross in Monaghan was the victim of an alleged assault five months ago at Main Street in the town.

He was pronounced dead at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital yesterday evening.

Gardai upgraded their investigation to a murder inquiry, after receiving post-mortem results this afternoon.