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Two months ago The Irish Observer reported that the Real IRA in Dublin had plans to target the Gardai and DPP officials.
Detectives investigating the activities of dissident republicans searched a nearby hotel room and found surveillance equipment, including a digital camera.
Images taken from the seized camera were of some serving officers, as part of what detectives believe was an attempt to gather information about gardaí.
Gardaí are describing the discovery of the equipment as significant.
The Harcourt Hotel, where the equipment was found, is across the road from the building housing the garda specialist units, the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Organised Crime Unit, the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and the Special Detective Unit.
The seizure was made after a known dissident republican was seen in the area yesterday afternoon, raising garda suspicion.
He was tracked to a room in the hotel and when gardaí discovered it was booked in a false name they searched it and found surveillance equipment, including the digital camera.
Two men, aged 41 and 32, were subsequently arrested on Grafton Street in Dublin.
They are still being questioned this evening at Iristown Garda Station and can be detained for up to three days.
This is not the first time that a subversive group has tried to spy on the gardaí here.
More than 20 years ago an IRA man turned Sinn Féin advisor was found taking pictures from an attic in a house across the road.
He was subsequently caught with firearms and sentenced to eight years in prison.
Dissident republican groups have found themselves the subject of an intense investigation following criminal activity at the funeral of Alan Ryan earlier this month.
Over 20 people have been arrested, three have been charged and a man is still being questioned today after a gun linked to a gangland shooting was found in Tallaght yesterday.
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