Eight men, who were arrested yesterday as part of an investigation into dissident republican activity, have had their period of detention for questioning extended.

Gardaí recovered a loaded firearm during a search of a premises in Clondalkin in Dublin as part of the inquiry.

A further ten searches were carried out as part of the investigation.

The men, aged in their 20s to 50s, are being held at a number of garda stations in Dublin.