Two men have been charged with the murder of Roy Collins in Limerick almost four years ago.

Wayne Dundon, 34, from Lenehan Avenue and Nathan Killeen, 22, from Hyde Road, both in Limerick, appeared before the Special Criminal Court this morning.

They were remanded in custody to appear again in court in April.

Mr Collins, 35, was shot dead on 9 April 2009 at the family business in the Coin Castle Arcade at the Roxborough Road Shopping Centre.

Justice Paul Butler refused to give a direction in relation to the reporting of or comment on the case after Dundon's counsel complained about public figures congratulating gardaí on bringing him to court.

The two men appeared before the non-jury Special Criminal Court because the three judges were told the Director of Public Prosecutions had deemed the ordinary courts inadequate for the administration of justice.

Two detectives from Limerick, Paul Crowley and Brian O'Connor, gave evidence of meeting both men in the court building this morning, cautioning them, explaining the charge to them in ordinary language and showing them the charge sheet.

Dundon's defence counsel said he was asked to bring to the court's attention the fact that there had already been a lot of media coverage of the case before it happened and that public figures, particularly in Limerick, had been congratulating gardaí on bringing Dundon to court.

Mr Justice Butler said the court was unaware of such statements and although they should be discouraged, he would not make any order or direction in relation to it.