A gunman arrested with a loaded gun in Dublin's north inner city by gardaí investigating the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan feud has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Paul Beatty, from Eugene Street in Dublin 8, was caught with a revolver loaded with five bullets at Charlemont Parade in the city last June.

The court heard the 32-year-old was "an important and trusted member of an organised crime gang".

He had been under surveillance and was arrested following a chase.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt said "actual harm was only prevented by the intervention of the gardaí".

Officers from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau investigating the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan feud had Beatty under surveillance.

Beatty, who grew up in Dublin's north inner city, was seen with another man in Phibsboro at 4.20pm on 2 June 2016, before cycling down the banks of the Royal Canal and on to the Ballybough Road.

When gardaí tried to stop him, he jumped off the bike and ran with a package tucked under his arm down Clonmore Road, then left on the Charlemont Parade, where he threw the package away and kept running.

Garda Damien Broughal, who had been running after Beatty, tackled him to the ground at Charleville Avenue and arrested him.

The package contained a fully loaded Smith & Wesson revolver with five bullets wrapped in a shopping bag.

Inspector Leonard Brennan from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau told the Special Criminal Court previously that Beatty was an important and trusted member of an organised crime gang and played a vital role in this offence.

He was not a leader of the gang, the inspector said, but no-one gives someone a firearm without a level of trust. He also had two mobile phones on him.

Beatty has 71 previous convictions for road traffic, drugs and gun offences.

He was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison in 2010 after he was caught with a gun.

His defence counsel said he worked as a labourer, was in a relationship and had been caught with a large quantity of drugs a few days before.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt said the gun was loaded and ready for use and that actual harm was only prevented by the intervention of gardaí.

He said the offence was linked to broader criminal activity in the north inner city and Beatty was at high-risk of re-offending because of his drug addiction and pro-criminal peers.

He sentenced him to seven-and-a-half years in prison.