A former Sinn Féin Councillor and his father have appeared at an out-of-hours sitting of the Special Criminal Court this evening, charged with firearms offences and intent to commit false imprisonment.

Jonathan Dowdall, 37, and Patrick Dowdall, 59, both of Navan Road, Dublin 7, were arrested this evening by members of the Special Detective Unit.

They were charged with possession of what appeared to be a sawn-off shotgun and a .44 calibre Magnum revolver at their home on 15 January.

Both men were also charged with the intent to commit the offence of false imprisonment of a man named Alexander Hurley, on the same date.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding with Judge Flann Brennan and Judge Ann Ryan, remanded both men in custody until Friday morning, when bail applications are expected to be made.

An order was made that both accused be charged and tried before the Special Criminal Court.