A former politician is being questioned by gardaí in Co Cork, after he was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Detectives are understood to have been acting on information when they arrested the man near Cork city this morning.

He was taken to a garda station in Cork, where he is being detained.

He can be held for up to a week.

RTÉ News understands that the man is being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to murder three people.