Four men arrested in connection with an alleged Real IRA firebomb attack on a house in Co Cork earlier this week have been charged at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin with membership of an illegal organisation.

Three of the four were remanded in custody for a week. The fourth was freed on bail.

19-year-old Alan Hickey, of Ballygibbon, Co Cork, and 21-year-old Anthony Crowley, of Stoneview, Blarney, Co Cork, were each charged with membership of the IRA.

24-year-old Jonathan O'Rourke, of Willison Park, Blarney, Co Cork, and 22-year-old Paul McCarthy, of Assumption Terrace, Station Road, Blarney, Co Cork, were each charged with membership of an illegal organisation.

The court remanded the first three of the accused in custody until next Friday when a bail application is expected to be made.

Mr McCarthy was freed on independent bail of €10,000. He was ordered to sign on daily at Gurranabraher Garda Station in Cork City, to surrender his passport and not to associate with anyone convicted of a scheduled offence. He too was remanded until next Friday.