A man, who is in custody on charges of raping two girls, is seeking a change of prison.
The 30-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Harristown District Court today.
He was charged on Monday with twice raping each of the girls, aged six and nine, at an address in a midlands town last Saturday.
He had been remanded in custody to Castlerea Prison and today he was brought to the adjoining court for a scheduled remand appearance.
Following a brief consultation, solicitor Gearoid Geraghty advised Judge Geoffrey Browne that his client was seeking a transfer to Cloverhill Prison in Dublin.
"These are the instructions that I've just received", Mr Geraghty told the court.
Judge Browne said he had no jurisdiction in relation to the request. "It's an internal matter", he said.
Inspector Aidan Minnock applied to have the accused man remanded in custody to appear again at Harristown District Court on 18 October.
There was no defence objection and Judge Browne made the remand order.
A large force of gardaí had arrived at the court from early this morning.
Members of the Armed Support Unit, armed detectives and uniformed officers were out in force following protests last week.