A Dublin man has appeared before the Special Criminal Court today charged with membership of the IRA.

Brian Kenna, 54, was arrested in Co Laois yesterday afternoon by members of the Special Detective Unit as part of an ongoing operation targeting dissident republican activity.

Mr Kenna, of Crumlin Park in Crumlin, was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation within the State, namely Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA.

Detective Sergeant Padraig Boyce told State Solicitor Una Duggan that he formally arrested Mr Kenna in the car park of Portlaoise Garda Station this afternoon.

Mr Kenna did not stand as requested when the court registrar read the charge to him.

Ms Duggan told the court that the State was seeking a remand in custody of at least 48 hours.

Counsel for Mr Kenna, Dean Kelly BL, said he was seeking a date next Thursday to enter the case, when it was suggested a bail application might be dealt with.

With regard to an application for legal aid, he said a statement of means had been furnished and there was no objection.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge William Hamill and Judge Cormac Dunne, remanded Mr Kenna in custody until 26 November.