Gardaí arrest three men and seize firearm at homeless hostel in Dublin
Multiple armed units involved in operation on Stephen’s Green on Tuesday afternoon
Multiple armed and uniformed units were involved in the operation at Loreto Hall, pictured, on Tuesday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times
Gardaí have arrested three people following the discovery of a firearm in a homeless hostel on St Stephen’s Green.
Multiple armed and uniformed units were involved in the operation at Loreto Hall, beside the Department of Foreign Affairs, after gardaí received information about a suspected firearm on the premises.
Shortly after 12pm on Tuesday, detectives from Pearse Street Garda Station, supported by the Armed Support Unit and local gardaí, conducted a search of the hostel and located the weapon about half an hour later.
Three men, two in their 20s and one in his 30s, were arrested on suspicion of weapons possession and are currently undergoing questioning at Pearse Street Garda Station. A Garda spokesman said investigations are ongoing.