A 28-year-old man has appeared in court charged with murder following a fatal stabbing in Dublin city centre earlier this week.

Damien Singleton, of no fixed abode, was charged with the murder of his friend Peter Donnelly, 39, on O'Connell Street in the early hours of last Tuesday morning, and with possession of a knife.

Mr Donnelly was originally from Kilkenny.

Detective Sergeant Brendan Casey gave evidence at Dublin District Court of arrest, charge and caution.

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He told the court that Mr Singleton made no reply when he was charged with the offences and he applied for a remand in custody.

The accused did not speak during the brief hearing. He sat in the dock wearing a green T-shirt and dark jeans, and his forearm was in a cast.

His solicitor told the court that his client had sustained a very serious hand injury and asked Judge Bryan Smith to direct that he receive medical treatment in custody.

The judge granted free legal aid and remanded Mr Singleton in custody to appear again by video link at Cloverhill District Court next Tuesday.