Two men have appeared before the Special Criminal Court in Dublin charged with membership of the IRA.

49-year-old Paul Casey, with an address at Carton Court, Ballymun in Dublin 11, has been charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself as the Irish Republican Army, otherwise known as the IRA.

41-year-old Robert O'Leary, with an address at Clancy Road, Finglas in Dublin 11, was also charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself as the Irish Republican Army, otherwise known as the IRA.

The two men were arrested by officers from the Garda Special Detective Unit in Dublin yesterday morning as part of an investigation into the discovery of an explosive device under a serving police officer's car at Shandon Park Golf Club in Belfast in June.

The men were taken to Irishtown Garda Station, where they were charged this afternoon with one count each of membership of the IRA.

They both appeared before a special sitting of the three-judge Special Criminal Court tonight.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt remanded both men in custody, to appear before the Special Criminal Court again on Monday.

An application was made for legal aid for Paul Casey, which was granted by the court.