A 55-year-old man has been remanded in custody following the seizure of a semi-automatic pistol in Dublin at the weekend.

Edward McDonnell, from Tallaght in Dublin, but with an address in New Ross, Co Wexford, was arrested on Saturday along with two other men.

The arrest was part of an intelligence-led investigation by the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau into an ongoing drugs feud in north Dublin.

The three men, including a father and son, were in two cars that were intercepted by the Emergency Response Unit on the north side of the city.

The men were questioned for two days at two Dublin garda stations.

The father and son were released without charge yesterday pending a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr McDonnell was brought before Judge Bryan Smyth at Dublin District Court and was charged with an offence under the Firearms Act for unlawful possession of a Grand Power G9 semi-automatic pistol, at Harmonstown, Dublin 5.

He did not apply for bail and has not yet indicated how he will plead.

Judge Smyth remanded him in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on 24 September.

Legal aid was granted.