Charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice have been brought against a retired garda superintendent, and four other members of An Garda Síochána at the district court in Limerick.

The charges follow a lengthy investigation by the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and allege the named individuals attempted to pervert the course of justice on numerous dates between January 2018 and September 2019.

Many of the alleged offences relate to fixed charge penalty notices involving speeding offences, the holding of mobile phones while driving, non-wearing of seat belts, and driving without insurance, for a number of individuals including well-known figures in the GAA.

Limerick District Court heard that retired Supt Edmond - also known as Eamon - O'Neill, formerly of Roxboro Garda Station, faces 30 charges relating to offences allegedly committed on dates between January 2018 and September 2019.

The court was told he is vigorously contesting all the charges.

Sgt Michelle Leahy of Roxboro Garda Station faces two charges alleged to have occurred on dates between January 2018 and February 2019.

Garda Colm Geary of the Clare garda division faces three charges alleged to have been committed on dates between May and December 2018.

Sgt Anne Marie Hassett, originally based at Henry Street Garda Station in Limerick but now in the Kerry division, faces three charges allegedly committed on dates between June 2018 and May 2019.

Garda Thomas McGlinchey, who was based at Murroe Garda Station, faces four charges alleged to have been committed on dates between January 2018 and September 2019.

All four are currently suspended from the force.

Chief Supt Walter O'Sullivan, who heads up the NBCI, told the court that all five were arrested on 29 April last and charged under caution at Mayorstone Garda Station in Limerick. They made no reply to the charges.

He told the court the DPP had directed that all matters proceed by way of trial on indictment and sought a four-week adjournment until 11 June, when it is anticipated the book of evidence will be served.

The five individuals did not appear in court as they are not obliged to during Covid health restrictions once they are represented by their solicitors.

They were remanded on continuing bail to appear in court again on 11 June.