Revelations about garda phone tapping have led to the first adjournment of a trial before the criminal courts.

Lawyers for two men accused of IRA membership successfully applied to the Special Criminal Court today to have their trial adjourned "in light of recent events".

Barristers for the two men told the court that their clients had telephone calls with their solicitors while in garda custody and before they were subsequently interviewed by the gardaí.

The barristers sought disclosure of any records of the phone calls that might exist.

Prosecuting counsel Tara Burns said that gardaí were completely unaware of any recordings and the two men were in custody at Cahir and Clonmel garda stations.

Mr Justice Paul Butler agreed to adjourn the trial until tomorrow to allow the State to investigate further.