A Limerick man has been brought before an out-of-hours sitting of the Special Criminal Court charged with the possession of over 700 rounds of ammunition.

John Costello, 59, of Glenashrone, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, was arrested in Abbeyfeale earlier today.

He is charged with the possession of 450 rounds of .38 special calibre ammunition and 329 rounds of 9mm calibre ammunition at Main Street, Abbeyfeale on 21 February.

He is also charged with the possession of three rounds of 9mm calibre ammunition at his home address on 22 February.

Detective Garda Michael Herlihy told Liam Mulholland, solicitor for the DDP, that he formally arrested Mr Costello at Abbeyfeale in Limerick.

Det Gda Herlihy said he introduced himself to Mr Costello and explained the reasons for his arrest in ordinary language and cautioned him.

Det Gda Herlihy said he informed Mr Costello that he would be brought before the next sitting of the Special Criminal Court to be charged with the offences he had been arrested for.

Det Gda Herlihy said Mr Costello made no reply and he then brought him to Newcastle West Garda Station in Limerick where he introduced him to the member in charge.

The court heard that Det Gda Herlihy then transported Mr Costello to the Special Criminal Court where he was given a copy of the charge sheet which was then explained to him.

Counsel for Mr Costello, Mr Dean Kelly BL agreed with Mr Mulholland that the matter be listed for mention and possibly a bail order application next Tuesday 1 March  at 11am.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge Flann Brennan and Judge William Hamill, remanded Mr Costello in custody until Tuesday morning.