Two men have appeared at an out-of-term sitting of the Special Criminal Court charged with membership of the IRA.

Damhán McFadden, 27, of Ballysadare, Co Sligo and Julian Flohr, 35, of Caltra, Co Sligo, were charged with membership of an unlawful organisation, styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA .

Garda Kieran Staed of Sligo Garda Station told State solicitor Liam Mulholland that he arrested Mr McFadden at 5.25pm on Pearse Road in Sligo.

The garda cautioned Mr McFadden, to which the accused man made no reply, the court heard.

Gda Staed said that he informed Mr McFadden he was to be brought before the Special Criminal Court and detained him at Sligo Garda Station.

He transported Mr McFadden to the Special Criminal Court, the court heard, and showed him the charge sheet.

Again, Mr McFadden made no reply, Gda Staed said.

Garda Eamon McDonnell, also of Sligo Garda Station, told Mr Mulholland that he arrested Mr Flohr at 5.26pm.

When the garda cautioned Mr Flohr, the accused man made no reply, the court heard.

Gda McDonnell said that he then informed Mr Flohr that he was to be brought before the Special Criminal Court to be charged with the offence for which he was arrested.

Later, at the court, the garda showed Mr Flohr the charge sheet and explained it in ordinary language, the court heard. 

Again, Mr McFadden made no reply, Gda McDonnell said. 

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding with Judge Sinéad Ní Chúlacháin and Judge William Hamill, remanded both men in custody until 19 August, when their case is listed for mention and they are to appear via videolink.