The Sinn Féin TD for Kerry North, Martin Ferris, has confirmed to RTÉ News that he was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving early today.

Mr Ferris was arrested in Ardfert Village in north Kerry at around 2am this morning.

He was subsequently taken to Tralee Garda Station where he gave a sample which will be sent for analysis.

The result will determine whether or not he is prosecuted.

Mr Ferris said in a statement released through the Sinn Féin press office that he does not believe he was over the limit, and has described drink driving as unacceptable and indefensible.

The statement said Mr Ferris was 'very mindful' of the issue of drink driving, particularly given the high level of fatalities on our roads and said he would be the first to be critical of anybody who would drive while over the limit.

Mr Ferris is seeking re-election to Kerry North in the up-coming General Election. He is also a member of the Tralee Joint Policing Committee, which is made up gardaí and public representatives.