Three men have been arrested on suspicion of dissident republican activity in County Limerick.
The arrests were made at approximately 2am on Saturday, when Gardai attached to the Special Detective Unit stopped and searched two cars at Kyletaun, two kilometres north of Rathkeale. The event is part of an ongoing investigation by the Special Detective Unit into dissident republican activity.
During a ballistic examination of the vehicles, one of which is believed to be stolen, Gardaí discovered and seized an unauthorised firearm and ammunition.
The three men, aged from their mid 20’s to late 30’s, were arrested on the scene.
A Garda spokesman said:
“(They) are currently being detained at Henry Street Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939 as amended.”
Gardaí were assisted by members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) during the search and examinations of the cars.
The men are suspected members of the real IRA and can be held for up to 72 hours by Gardaí.
The news comes following a separate incident involving the brother of a late dissident republican who was stabbed in Dublin city earlier this week.
Vincent Ryan, brother of IRA member Alan Ryan, was stabbed in the face after being approached by a man with a knife on Parnell Square on Thursday afternoon.
A statement issued by the Real IRA this week said that the organisation had sworn to “paint the streets red”, with the blood of those who attacked Vincent Ryan. The group also stated that they did not associate with members of the “NEW IRA”.
“Republican groups up and down the country have lost confidence in the NEW IRA because of there (sic) links to criminality and there (sic) utter cowardly failure to address to murder of Republican Alan Ryan.”