A 61-year-old farmer from Co Mayo has been charged with the murder of a member of the Traveller community after an incident near Cross in the south of the county last year.

Padraic Nally of Funshinaugh, Cross was charged with the murder of John Ward at Funshinaugh on 14 October 2004.

Mr Nally appeared before Ballina District Court this morning.

Sergeant James Carroll gave evidence of arresting Mr Nally at Funshinaugh at 7.58am today, and taking him to Ballinrobe Garda Station where he was charged with the offence.

Sergeant Carroll told the court that Mr Nally had replied 'nothing to say' when charged.

Mr Ward was a 42-year-old father-of-eleven from Ballyshannon in Co Donegal. He had been living at the Carrowbrowne halting site on the outskirts of Galway city when he was shot dead.

Judge Mary Devins remanded the accused in custody to appear before Ballycastle District Court tomorrow. There was no application for bail.