Garda in Dublin have recovered a haul of suspected explosives after stopping a car on one of the Republic capital's western approaches.
Two men were arrested and detectives believe that the men are associated with the the New IRA, the dissident republican group which claimed responsibility for the bomb attack on the prison officer Adrian Ismay last month.
The suspects were detained under anti-terrorism legislation - Section 30 of the Republic's Offences Against the State Act.
The suspect car was stopped by the Garda Emergency Response Unit on the Naas Road heading towards Dublin, just before the Long Mile Road junction, at approximately 7.30pm yesterday.
Garda sources said they believed that the car contained explosives.
Irish Army ordnance experts were last night examining the scene. The major security operation was carried out by officers attached to the Garda's Crime and Security section and the Special Detective Unit.
The Long Mile Road junction and the Naas Road were closed to all traffic until the scene was made safe.
The two arrested men were taken to Ballyfermot and Ronanstown Garda Stations. They remained in garda custody this morning.
The discovery resulted from an intelligence-led operation conducted by gardaí attached to the Crime and Security section and the Special Detective Unit.
One of the men is known to the gardai.