Two suspected pipe bombs have been discovered in Limerick as part of a Garda investigation into dissident republican activity.

Detectives and gardaí carried out searches between Fedamore and Meanus and contacted the Army Bomb Squad at around 9am after a number of suspicious items were discovered.

"The finds today were a culmination of the ongoing efforts in investigating suspicious activities in the area," Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan said.

Despite poor weather conditions the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, together with a large number of gardaí including members of the Regional Support Unit and detectives from the Serious Crime Office, uncovered the two improvised devices, believed to be home-made pipe bombs, at around 1pm.

No arrests have been made in connection with the find but gardaí said investigations are ongoing.

The discovery of the suspicious devices is believed to be part of ongoing investigations into dissident republican activity in the county.

On 31 October, three men were arrested in Kyletaun, Rathkeale, by gardaí attached to the Special Detective Unit and the Emergency Response Unit after they stopped and searched two cars.

A Winchester 12-gauge sawn-off double-barrelled shotgun and two 12-gauge shotgun cartridges were recovered.

The three men have been charged with membership of an unlawful organisation, along with firearms offences.