GARDAI believe two men arrested over the weekend were intercepted moments before they were about to carry out a gun attack.
Detectives from Togher garda station in Cork city were on patrol when they spotted a suspicious van. According to sources, they knew the occupants of the vehicle to be members of a subversive splinter group of the IRA.
The gardai stopped the van and discovered two handguns and a 10-gallon drum of petrol during a search.
It is thought that the men were on their way to attack a house in the area. They were arrested and detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.