Former Fianna Fáil Minister of State Ivor Callely will go on trial next March on charges related to allegedly making bogus mobile phone expense claims.

The 54-year-old from Clontarf in Dublin, faces six counts of using six invoices from three phone companies as false instruments at Leinster House for receipt of expenses for handsets and equipment, under the Oireachtas members direct purchase mobile phone scheme in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring, at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, set a trial date for 24 March 2014.

Mr Callely, who remained at the back of the court during the short hearing, is also bailed to appear for a pre-trial hearing on 14 February.

Maurice Coffey BL, prosecuting (with Dominic McGinn SC) indicated that, as far as the State was concerned, there were "not many outstanding issues".

The trial is expected to last approximately two weeks.