The charge against a Dublin man due to stand trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court for the murder of Dublin man Noel Kirwan has been struck out.

However, it is understood that the Director of Public Prosecutions will restart proceedings against Jason Keating, 26, who was told by presiding judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt that he was "free to go" after an application by the State.

Mr Keating, of Lower Main Street, Rush, Co Dublin was charged with the murder of Mr Kirwan, 62, outside his house at St Ronan's Drive, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 on 22 December, 2016.

State Solicitor Rioghnach Corbett told the three-judge court that her application was to have the charge struck out.

Counsel for Mr Keating, Mr Giollaiosa Ó Lideadha SC, said he understood that there was some difficulty with the certificate and charge sheet which were initially before the District Court.

Last week, the State made an application for Mr Keating to be tried before the Special Criminal Court.

The DPP can direct an accused face trial in the non-jury court if it deems "the ordinary courts are inadequate for effective administration of justice".

Mr Ó Lideadha told the court he also understood that it was the intention of the prosecution to "restart proceedings" against his client.