A man is in a stable condition after he was shot by a garda near Foynes in Co Limerick.

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission said the man, aged in his 30s, was shot in the face during a planned garda operation at about 2.30am.

He was transferred to University Hospital Limerick and is said to be in a serious but stable condition.

GSOC is investigating the incident.

The operation was part of an ongoing investigation into the activities of a criminal gang from eastern Europe.

The gang is believed to have carried out a spate of burglaries and break-ins in the Munster area, targeting shops, pubs and pharmacies.

Gardaí attempted to stop a car travelling on the Shanagolden to Newcastlewest road in the early hours of this morning and arrest the two occupants.

While the circumstances of the shooting are unclear, it has been widely reported that a gun was discharged accidentally by a garda and one man in the car received serious, but non-life threatening injuries.