Three men have been brought before a special sitting of Roscommon District Court to face charges in connection with recent attacks on sex workers.

The proceedings follow a number of arrests at addresses in west Dublin on Tuesday.

The arrests were part of the ongoing Operation Quest investigation into attacks on sex workers at various locations around the country.

The three men before the court today are alleged to have been involved in the theft and assault of two sex workers, at an apartment block in Roscommon at the end of October.

The court was told that "excellent" CCTV footage showed the defendants arriving at the location, parking and entering the apartment block on 28 October. In addition, the victims had given detailed descriptions of their alleged assailants to gardaí.

Judge Mary Cashin was told that the arrests took place as part of an ongoing investigation involving gardaí, Interpol and Europol.

37-year-old Ioan Galben - with an address at 2 Warrenstown Park, Blanchardstown Heath, Dublin 15 - is charged with theft.

The second defendant, Andre Tiganasu - of 24 Garryknock, Carpenterstown, Castleknock, Dublin 15 - was charged with robbery and the use of an offensive weapon at the same location and on the same date.

The State objected to bail in both cases, on the basis that the accused men posed a significant flight risk and might interfere with witnesses in the case.

Judge Cashin upheld the objections.

A third man, 25-year-old Samuel Pop - with an address at 10 Charnwood Court, Clonsilla, Dublin 15 - was also charged with robbery and the use of an offensive weapon.

His legal representatives made no bail application.

All three defendants were remanded in custody to tomorrow's sitting of Harristown District Court.