A 28-year-old woman has appeared in court charged in connection with a house fire in Mallow, Co Cork, in which two men died almost two years ago.

Rachel Crawshaw was remanded in custody charged with two counts of manslaughter and one count of arson.

John Palmer, 37, and Greg Lonergan, 36, died when a fire broke out at their rented apartment in the Granary Court complex on St Joseph Road in the early hours of 13 March 2014.

Det Sgt Michael Corbett gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution and told Mallow District Court that he arrested Ms Crawshaw at Cork Airport on 22 February.

He told the court that Ms Crawshaw, of no fixed abode, made no reply to any of the three charges when they were put to her following caution after her arrest this week.

Inspector Tony O'Sullivan applied for a remand in custody and defence solicitor, Emmet Boyle, confirmed that his client was not seeking but was consenting to a remand in custody.

Insp O'Sullivan said he was a seeking a remand in custody to 1 March and pointed out that the State now had 42 days to serve a book of evidence on the accused.

Judge Brian Sheridan granted the State application and remanded Ms Crawshaw in custody to appear again on 1 March while he also granted her free legal aid.

Both Mr Palmer and Mr Lonergan were recovered from the rented apartment at Granary Court by firefighters using breathing apparatus but they were pronounced dead at the scene by a local GP.

A third man, Mr Palmer’s twin brother Chris, was rescued from the building and taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.

The Palmer twins were originally from Tymon North in Tallaght in Dublin while Mr Lonergan had lived at a number of locations in Cork city and county prior to moving to Mallow.