An application by the DPP to transfer the trial of a number of gardaí accused of perverting the course of justice from Limerick to Dublin will be heard before Judge Tom O' Donnell at Limerick Circuit Court on Thursday 20 January.

The matter came up for mention at the court this afternoon, and following consultations with all parties involved representing a retired garda superintendent, and four serving gardaí, 20 January was agreed as a suitable date.

Retired superintendent Edmund O'Neill, along with Sergeant Anne Marie Hassett, Garda Michelle Leahy, Garda Thomas McGlinchey and Garda Colm Geary are due to go on trial on charges of allegedly perverting the course of justice on a number dates between January 2018 and September 2019.

Many of the alleged offences relate to fixed charge penalty point notices about speeding and other driving offences, involving a number of individuals including a number of GAA sporting figures.

Judge Tom O'Donnell said he was anxious that the matter be dealt with quickly to take advantage of the fact that no trials are taking place at the court over the next two weeks.

He said from his reading of the application for the first time there were two net matters, that of media attention and coverage of the case, and the risk of an impartial jury to hear the matter.

Counsel for a number of the parties indicated that the DPP's application will be opposed.

The application will be heard at Limerick Circuit Court on 20 January.