Eight men held in dissident republican investigation

Eight men arrested as part of an investigation into dissident republican activity in the Irish Republic have had their period of detention for questioning extended.

Irish police searched commercial premises in Clondalkin, near Dublin, on Friday afternoon.

The eight men are being held at a number of police stations in Dublin.

A loaded gun was found by police during a search of the premises.

The men who were arrested are aged from their mid-20s to their 50s.

Ten additional searches have taken place as part of the investigation.