Three men have appeared in court charged in connection with an arms find in a warehouse in Dublin earlier this week.
Declan Brady, 51, from The Park, Wolstan Abbey, in Celbridge, 44-year-old Jonathon Harding from McNeill Court, Sallins, both in Co Kildare and 33-year-old James Walsh from Neilstown Drive, Clondalkin, were brought before the Dublin District Court this afternoon by gardaí from the Armed Support Unit.
All three are facing three charges: possession of five handguns; a 357 Magnum six-shot, and four Smith and Wesson Rossi five-shot revolvers, as well as a silencer and 20 rounds of ammunition at a warehouse in the Greenogue Business Park in Rathcoole last Tuesday.
Head of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau Detective Superintendent Tony Howard told the court that it was anticipated that further serious charges would be preferred against the men.
The three men were remanded in custody to appear again at Clover Hill District Court by video link next Wednesday.
A large number of gardaí were in court for the brief hearing and three officers from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.
Detective Sergeant Emmet Casserly said he arrested Mr Brady at 12.35pm and when charged replied "no" to each charge.
Detective Sergeant Michael Cuffe said Mr Walsh was arrested at a 11.15am and replied no comment when he was charged, while Detective Sergeant Paul Curran said Mr Harding was arrested at 10.58am and made no reply to the charges.
None of the three applied for bail but Judge Anthony Halpin directed that Mr Brady be afforded all necessary and relevant medical attention and treatment and granted Mr Harding free legal aid.