Lobbyist and former Government Press Secretary Frank Dunlop has appeared in court on corruption charges.

He is accused of bribing eight public representatives, six from Fianna Fáil and two from Fine Gael.

It is alleged he paid them sums ranging from IR£1,000 to IR£3,000 to vote in favour of rezoning land at Carrickmines.

Those named in the charge sheets as having been bribed by Frank Dunlop are former senators Liam Cosgrave of Fine Gael and Don Lydon of Fianna Fáil. Also named are Fianna Fáil councillors Tony Fox, Sean Gilibride, Colm McGrath, the late Jack Larkin, the late Cyril Gallagher and Fine Gael's late councillor Tom Hand.

The money is alleged to have been handed over at the Davenport Hotel and at Buswells Hotel in Dublin, at Conway's pub, at Mr Dunlop’s own offices, and in the case of the former Senator Don Lydon, at St John of Gods in Dublin.

Mr Dunlop was arrested by members of the Criminal Assets Bureau this afternoon.

Five of the charges relate to alleged payments he made to Liam Cosgrave and five more relate to Tony Fox.

Mr Fox is a serving member of South Dublin County Council.

Detective Garda Martin Harrington from the CAB told the court that Frank Dunlop was arrested at 12.10pm today at Harcourt Terrace and when he was charged with the offences he replied ‘we always knew this day was coming and I will not be contesting the charges’.

The court was told the Book of Evidence in the case was ready and Mr Dunlop was handed a copy in the courtroom.

Judge Cormac Dunne acceded to a request by counsel for Frank Dunlop and sent the case forward to the next sitting of the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

He told him that if he intended to rely on alibi evidence he was to inform the prosecution and he remanded Mr Dunlop on bail of his own bond of €100.

The former lobbyist signed the bond, told the judge he understood his obligations and then left the court to await a trial date before the higher court.