Ten men have been before a special sitting of Galway District Court this evening after being arrested as part of a garda operation targeting the drugs trade in the city.

Judge Mary Fahy remanded the men, who have Galway city addresses, on bail with strict conditions attached.

They will be back before the court on 16 June.

The accused, who range in age from 20 to 45, face various charges for the possession and sale of drugs in the city between August and October last year.

The drugs involved are heroin, cannabis, ecstasy and valium.

Several gardaí, who were involved in dawn raids on houses across the city this morning, gave evidence this evening of arresting and charging the men.

Judge Fahy granted bail to all ten accused on several conditions.

They must stay away from the city centre after 5pm each day and all retail parks in the city at all times, pending completion of court proceedings.

They are to surrender their passports, observe nightly curfews, sign-on three times a week at their local garda stations and not associate with each other.

Legal aid was granted to all ten men, some of whom are unemployed.