A man has been arrested in Castlecomer following a nationwide alert in connection with the attempted abduction of a young girl.
Gardaí had been searching for him after reports that he put a girl into a vehicle in Cullahill, Co Laois yesterday.
It is reported that a man had been driving around and acting suspiciously for some time prior to the alleged abduction at 11am when a man stopped and spoke to two children before putting the girl into the 4x4.
The youngster managed to escape when her ten-year-old brother jumped on the back of the vehicle.
The man is being questioned at Portlaoise Garda Station.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portlaoise Garda station on 057 8674100.