Four men and a woman have been arrested in connection with a series of robberies and burglaries in the west of Ireland.

The men, aged between 25 and 30, and a woman in her 20s were arrested in Balbriggan, north Dublin yesterday evening.

They are being detained at Galway, Loughrea and Tuam Garda Stations.

Gardaí also seized a large quantity of power tools during the arrest operation.