An ex-priest has been remanded in custody after he appeared in court charged with possessing child pornography.

Oliver O'Grady, 74, was brought before Dublin District Court this evening following extradition from Portugal where he has been residing.

The Limerick-born pensioner had moved to the United States in the early 1970s after his ordination, and he had served as a priest in California.

The laicised clergyman subsequently left the US in 2001. He eventually returned to Ireland where he later had a number of addresses in Dublin.

The former priest was arrested under a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) in the Algarve in Portugal last month and held by authorities there before he was sent back to Ireland.

He arrived at Dublin Airport on Friday night where he was arrested and taken to the Bridewell Garda station.

He was held overnight ahead of his hearing today before Judge Victor Blake.

He was accused of possessing a one-minute and 50 second video featuring a girl under the age of 17. The offence is contrary to section six of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act.

It was allegedly in his possession on a date in 2015 at an address in Co Waterford.

It can carry a sentence of up to five years.

Mr O'Grady, whose address was listed as Faro, in the Algarve, has not yet indicated how he will plead.

Judge Blake remanded him in custody to appear at Waterford District Court on Tuesday for service of a book of evidence.

Legal aid was granted to Mr O'Grady after a statement of his means was furnished to the court and the judge noted there was no Garda objection.

Judge Blake also acceded to a request from the solicitor to direct medical attention for the accused in custody. Ms McGhee said her client was rather old and had a number of health problems including a heart condition.