A father-of-two charged with murdering childcare worker Elaine O'Hara has been refused bail by the High Court.

Graham Dwyer, 41, of Kerrymount Close, Foxrock, Dublin, is accused of killing 37-year-old Ms O'Hara at an unknown place somewhere in Co Dublin on 22 August last year.

The partial remains of her body were discovered in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains on 13 September.

Lawyers for Mr Dwyer applied for bail at the High Court in Cloverhill this afternoon.

His barrister told the court an independent surety of €25,000 had been offered.

The court was told Mr Dwyer would be willing to stay at an address in Bandon, Co Cork.

Mr Justice Paul Butler denied bail after Chief Superintendent Diarmuid O'Sullivan objected on behalf of the State.

The court imposed restrictions on reporting the proceedings, which lasted an hour.

Mr Dwyer bowed his head and nodded from side to side as bail was refused, before glancing up at relatives.

Ms O'Hara vanished on 22 August in 2012 after leaving her home in Belarmine Plaza, Stepaside.