Two men have been arrested and a loaded firearm has been seized by Gardai in Dublin.
It’s understood the discovery was made by armed officers in the south inner city this evening.
The men were arrested in a van on the Kylemore Road in Ballyfermot between 7.30pm and 8pm this evening.
The seizure is being reported as a significant development in the fight against feud-related violence in the capital.
In a statement tonight Gardai said that as a result of an intelligence led operation conducted by Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, a van was intercepted by the Emergency Response Unit on the Kylemore Road at approximately 8pm.
It went on: "Two men, 34 and 38, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and a loaded firearm was also recovered.
"Both men were removed to Crumlin Garda Station and are currently detained under Section 50, Criminal Justice Act, 2007."
Investigations are continuing.