A 35-year-old man has appeared in court charged with robbery and attempted robbery in connection to an incident involving Italian tourists in Dublin earlier this week.

The court was told that, Paul Heaney, with an address at Michael Mallin House in Dublin 8, was arrested yesterday.

Bail was refused by Judge Ann Ryan and Paul Heaney was remanded in custody.

He is due back before the courts next Wednesday at 10.30am.

His solicitor applied for legal aid on his behalf and handed in a statement of means.