Four men have been arrested after gardaí carried out searches in Drogheda and surrounding areas this morning.

A number of early morning searches took place as part of an operation targeting criminal activity involving two rival organised crime gangs.

The operation involved the Criminal Assets Bureau and local gardaí, as well as the armed support and emergency response units.

One of the searches was in the Moneymore housing estate in Drogheda, where there have been a number of criminal incidents related to a feud between two gangs.

Another location south of Drogheda is also understood to have been searched.

The four men arrested, who are aged in their 20s, are being held at Dundalk and Drogheda garda stations.

A garda spokesman confirmed that "as part of the ongoing operation to deal with ongoing criminal activity around two organised crime gangs, there were a number of early morning searches involving local and uniformed plain clothes personnel as well as the Armed Support Unit, the Emergency Response Unit and also the Criminal Assets Bureau".

He confirmed that "as a result of those early morning searches, four males have been arrested and are currently in Garda custody. Three are detained in Drogheda, one in Dundalk.