Gardaí investigating assaults carried out on eight security guards at a repossessed house near the town of Strokestown in Co Roscommon in the early hours of Sunday say they are satisfied that a lorry recovered in a search was used in the incident.

Two men have been arrested in connection with an attack at the farmhouse in Falsk, Co Roscommon. The attack at the house followed an eviction at the house on Tuesday 11 December.

The men, aged in their 50s and 60s, were arrested this morning after a number of planned searches were carried out by gardaí across Co Roscommon.

It is understood the men were detained in the north of the county before 11am.

The men are being detained at Castlerea Garda Station.

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Four separate locations were searched, including houses and out-houses, in this morning's operation.

One firearm was recovered, and a number of vehicles, including a lorry and a teleporter, were seized.

The Garda Special Detective Unit unit were also involved in the operation.

Over the last 24 hours, searches have also taken places in houses in Dublin and in Co Meath, where detectives recovered a number of items including documentation and phones as part of the investigation.

The investigation into criminal damage and assault at the house in the early hours of Sunday is continuing.

Eight security guards were injured and a guard dog was killed during the incident at the repossessed house and farm near Strokestown.

Gardaí say they expect to interview up to another 15 men in the coming days, after they complete a trawl through video footage from body cameras worn by the security guards.

Additional reporting: Ciaran Mullooly