A MAN is being questioned by gardai about the theft of valuable paintings and other artefacts from a storage facility in Limerick.
The property, which belongs to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, was stolen late last year.
This morning, gardai from Shannon assisted by members of the national bureau of criminal investigation arrested a man in connection with theft.
The suspect is aged in his early 40s and being questioned under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
According to the Garda Press Office, gardai from Naas, Co Kildare are also involved in the ongoing operation.
It is understood that further searches are being carried out in the Limerick area today.
Following last year’s theft, Minister Jimmy Deenihan instructed his department to undertake an in-depth investigation and report including a review of procedures and protocols in place for the storage of artefacts.
All other department items, which were being stored at the Limerick facility have been removed and transferred to an alternative site.
The location of the storage facility where the theft took place has not been disclosed.