THREE men have been arrested after a Gardai patrol found a hand gun during the search of a car.
Gardai in a squad car on a routine patrol of the Greenacres area of Dundalk, Co Louth, stopped the three men after they appeared to be acting suspiciously.
Officers made the discovery of the handgun as they searched the vehicle at Greenacres, Dundalk, Co Louth shortly before 9pm last night.
A man in his 40s and two men aged in their 20s were arrested at the scene.
Two of the men are Lithuanian while the third man is from Romania.
At the time of going to press, the three men were detained at Dundalk Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act.
A Garda spokesman said "enquiries are ongoing" in relation to the find.