Two men have been charged with the possession of handguns in Dublin's south inner city.

Patrick Kennedy, 65, with an address at South Earl Street, Dublin 8 and Gary Yeung, 31, with an address at Bawnmore View, Crossagalla in Limerick appeared before the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

They were arrested on Saturday as part of ongoing investigations into the activities of dissident republicans in Dublin and Limerick.

The men were both charged with the unlawful possession of a .455 Colt model "New Service" revolver and a .455 Calibre Webley Mark 6 revolver.

Mr Yeung was also charged with the possession of one round of .22-250 calibre Sako make ammunition and one round of .357 Mag calibre CBC make ammunition.

Mr Kennedy was also charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hÉireann, otherwise the IRA, on 14 September.

Detective Garda David Kiely told State solicitor Michael O'Donovan that he formally arrested Mr Yeung shortly after 10pm last night at Orchard Lane, Clondalkin.

Detective Sergeant Padraig Boyce gave evidence to the court of the arrest and caution of Mr Kennedy.

Counsel for Mr Yeung, Keith Spencer BL, told the court that his client wished to make a bail application today.

However, Mr O'Donovan said that gardaí would not be in a position to deal with a bail application, as while there was no objection to bail in general, substantial sureties would be required and time would be needed to vet these sureties.

After consulting with his client, Mr Spencer said he would defer making the bail application.

Presiding judge Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne, sitting with Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge Margaret Heneghan, remanded the men in custody to appear in court on Friday 20 September, when it is anticipated applications for bail and legal aid will be made on behalf of both men.