GARDAI have arrested a man after valuable paintings and property were stolen from a storage facility in Limerick.
Investigating officers assisted by members of the national bureau of criminal investigation arrested the man in the Shannon area of Clare this morning.
The arrested man is aged in his early 40s and is today being questioned at Shannon garda station.
Officers from Naas, Co Kildare are also involved in the ongoing operation.
A garda spokesman said the arrest is in relation to the theft of paintings and other items which were the property of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
They were stolen from a storage facility in Limerick.
Further searches are being carried out in the Limerick area today.
As a result of the theft, Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan has instructed his department to undertake an in-depth investigation and report including a review of procedures and protocols in place for the storage of artefacts.
All other department items at the Limerick facility have been removed and transferred to an alternative site.
Mr Deenihan has also requested an inventory of all artwork, furniture and other items in storage by his department and the physically check that all items are secure.