Gardaí in Cork are continuing to question a former politician who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

The man is being detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.

He can be held for up to a week.

The man is being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to murder three people.

He has been in custody since nine o'clock yesterday morning.

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

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