Three men have appeared in court charged with possession of guns and ammunition in Dublin last weekend.

Gardaí seized handguns and a machine gun at Belmont Apartments on Gardiner Street in the north inner city last Saturday.

The three men were brought to the Courts of Criminal Justice by officers from the drugs and organised crime bureau this morning.

Glen Thompson, 24, from Plunkett Drive in Finglas, his brother Gary Thompson, 34, from Plunkett Green, and Robert Brown, 35, from Phibsboro Road, faced nine charges in relation to the seizure of firearms at Belmont Apartments. 

They are each accused of: possession of four firearms, two pistols, a semi-automatic handgun and a machine gun; four charges of possession of the ammunition for each gun, and a ninth charge of possession of a stolen Audi car.

Three detectives gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.

They told the court that the men were arrested between 11.20-11.30pm last night at Store Street and Clontarf Garda Stations.

Glen and Gary Thompson had no reply to the charges, while Robert Brown replied "not guilty".

The hearing had been adjourned for a bail application but when it was recalled this afternoon, none of the three men applied for bail.

Robert Brown's solicitor asked that he be sent to a prison other than Cloverhill.

However, Judge Grainne O'Neill said it was not a matter for the court and she remanded all three men in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court next Thursday 22 March.