GARDAÍ believe they saved a life as they foiled a suspected gun attack in Cork after being tipped-off about a suspicious car, a subsequent search of which found it containing a handgun.
Gardaí arrested a 42 year old man and seized the handgun in the Knocknaheeny area of Cork city's Northside in the early hours of today.
At around 1.30am, a quick-witted member of the public reported a vehicle as being driven in a suspicious manner to gardaí.
Gardaí from Gurranabraher Garda Station carried out a patrol of the area and found a car matching the description.
The car was searched and Gardaí discovered a handgun and a jerry can of petrol. The car was also found to be using false registration plates.
A 42 year old man was arrested at the scene and brought to Mayfield Garda Station, the handgun found in the car was seized.
He is currently detained under Section 30, Offences Against the State Act, 1939 - he can be held for a period of up to seven days.
The handgun will now be sent for expert ballistic analysis.
Gardaí believe they successfully foiled a potential gun attack and likely saved someone's life.
It is unclear if the incident is linked to a simmering feud between two groups on Cork's northside.
A number of petrol and pipe bomb attacks over recent times have been linked to the feud.
Speaking at Mayfield Garda Station, Superintendent Michael Comyns of the Serious Crime Investigation Unit in Cork city said "I want to thank the members of the public who picked up the phone and called us when they spotted something they didn’t think was normal.
"The community should be commended for their actions and as a result, we have possibly saved a life here today."