TWO members of a biker gang have been arrested after gardai discovered a "substantial" amount of bomb-making equipment.
Officers swooped on the pair during a planned search of a house in Newbridge, Co Kildare.
The men, who are known dissidents, are believed to have been planning a series of pipe- bomb attacks in the greater Dublin area.
Sources say the find was "very substantial" and involved a significant number of bomb-making components.
Officers raided a house in the Rosconnell area of Newbridge at around 9pm on Thursday and arrested the pair.
While searching the property, gardai discovered a cache of bomb-making equipment.
The men are members of a biker gang and are also known dissident republicans.
The men, aged 39 and 45, are being detained at Naas and Newbridge Garda Stations under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.
Sources say that while no explosive material was discovered, the "substantial" amount of bomb-making equipment suggested that the men were planning to construct pipebombs.
"There was a lot of bomb making paraphernalia found in the house.
"These men have connections with the IRA and gardai have been monitoring their movements for a number of months," a source explained.
"This was a planned search and it's fair to say what was found was substantial. The equipment could easily have been used to construct a number of deadly pipebombs."
The men, from South Dublin and Newbridge, were being held today under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.