A man appeared before a special out-of-hours sitting of the Special Criminal Court last night charged with INLA membership.

Paul Mason, 26, with an address at Ballygarra Park, Garristown, Co Dublin, was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State, to wit an organisation styling itself the Irish National Liberation Army, otherwise the INLA, on 7 May 2014.

Detective Garda Peter Cooney told State Solicitor Liam Mulholland that he formally arrested Mr Mason at 9.33pm last night on Father Connolly Way, Drogheda, Co Louth.

He said that he explained to Mr Mason the reason for his arrest in ordinary language but the accused man made no reply.

Det Gda Cooney told Mr Mulholland that at the time of the arrest he believed the accused man had committed the offence of which he is charged.

He said that when he again met Mr Mason in the precincts of the court and cautioned him, he again had nothing to say.

Mr Mulholland said that his application was for a remand in custody.

Counsel for Mr Mason, Marc Thompson Grolimund, told the court that he was looking for a remand until Monday.

Presiding judge Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley, sitting with Judge Margaret Heneghan and Judge Ann Ryan, remanded Mr Mason in custody to appear before the court on 12 May.