Following the seizure of guns and ammunition in the midlands,four men have been detained by gardaí and are currently being questioned.
They are suspected by gardaí to be part of a so-called ‘hit team’ that were contracted to shoot someone.
The men were intercepted in Clara, Co Offaly by members of the ERU (Emergency Response Unit).
The men were armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a machine gun and several rounds of ammunition.
Originally from Brazil, it is believed that the men were hired to shoot someone as part of an ongoing gang feud in the travelling community.