A 37-year old former Fianna Fáil councillor has been before Cork Districk Court charged with soliciting another man to murder three people.

Gary O'Flynn, of Hayfield Drive, Castlecourt, Whitechurch, Co Cork, was remanded in custody until Wednesday, after an application for bail was refused.

Mr O'Flynn is a qualified solicitor and financial advisor who built up his own business as a mortgage broker in Cork over ten years ago.

He is also a member of a well-known political family.

His father, Noel, is a former Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North Central.

Gary O'Flynn replaced his father on Cork City Council when he resigned his dual mandate in 2003.

He held the seat for five years until his resignation in December, 2008, citing work commitments.

Detective Sergeant Denis Lynch gave evidence of arresting Gary O'Flynn at Gurranabraher Garda Station in Cork yesterday afternoon.

He said Mr O'Flynn replied "not guilty" when he put each of the charges to him.

The charges allege that Mr O'Flynn solicited a named person to murder Detective Garda Mary Skehan, an official of the Revenue Commissioners, George Ross, and another man, Patrick Sweeney, between 1 October last year and 15 February this year.

Detective Garda Skehan was identified as the leading investigating garda in an investigation involving Gary O'Flynn.

Despite garda objections, Mr O'Flynn was granted free legal aid after he told the court he had no income, no assets and no savings.