Gardai are trying to establish the circumstances surrounding a reported assault of a woman on the Mountmellick road early in the morning of Tuesday, October 18.

Portlaoise gardai said they are still in the process of establishing the facts and circumstances of the incident.

It is understood that the woman was punched and assaulted in a car.

However, a garda spokesperson said that all evidence is currently being gathered.

It is reported that the injuries sustained by the woman were not as serious as initially feared.

The woman is understood to be of Latvian origin, and she is now recovering at home with facial injuries.

The investigation is ongoing and there have been no arrests at the time of going to print.