GARDAI have foiled plans to carry out a shooting on the southside of Dublin.
Detectives on patrol in the Drimnagh area spotted two men acting suspiciously and stopped them around 7pm last night.
During a search, officers found a loaded 9mm handgun, an imitation firearm, ammunition and a bullet-proof vest. They believe the two men, aged 19 and 28, were on their way to carry out "a hit".
The two suspects are from the Crumlin-Drimnagh area and are well known to local gardai, although not directly linked to the two feuding gangs in the district.
They were walking through a flats complex, Seagull House, in Drimnagh when they were spotted by two detectives from Sundrive Road garda station, who were on a routine patrol in the area.
The gardai became suspicious of their movements and decided to question them.
The two were arrested under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act and were taken for questioning to Sundrive Road and Crumlin stations.
They can be held for up to 72 hours without charge.
A senior garda officer said last night: "This is a significant capture. Apart from the seizure of the weapons and ammunition, there is no doubt that the intercept prevented a serious crime."