A 20-year-old charged in connection with an attempted abduction of a pensioner in her late sixties in Dublin has been further remanded in custody.

Martin Gallagher, with an address at Rusheeny Avenue, Hartstown in Dublin, was before Cloverhill District Court again today.

He's charged in connection with an attempt to abduct a woman in her late 60s in Cabra in Dublin on Monday morning.

He is charged with two offences - false imprisonment and assault causing harm.

A psychological assessment is to be carried out in advance of a bail application, the court heard today.

Gardai began an investigation following reports of an attempted abduction of the woman, 69, by allegedly forcing her into the boot of a car, on the morning of 6 January, at Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7.

He made no bail application when he was brought before Dublin District Court on January 9 last.

Detective Garda Paul Kirwan had said at that hearing that the man made no reply when he was charged with assault causing harm to the woman and false imprisonment.

Defence solicitor Michael Kelleher had said his client had been anxious to make the response: "I’m sorry it was a joke that went wrong".

Directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions need to be obtained, Detective Garda Kirwan said.

The defence solicitor told Judge Victor Blake he did not propose to make a bail application at this stage. A psychological report is to be prepared, Mr Kelleher said.

Judge Blake further remanded Mr Gallagher in custody to appear again on 13 February next at the same court. He directed that gardaí should be given 72 hours’ advance notice if a bail application will be made then.

However, he agreed to reduce that to 48 hours following submissions from the defence.

Mr Kelleher said the psychological assessment of his client is to take place in the coming weeks and a report will have to be prepared. It will be part of the bail application, he told the court.

Mr Gallagher, dressed in a grey tracksuit, did not address the court but spoke quietly to his solicitor. He nodded to family members in the public gallery when he entered the court and gave a thumbs up gesture at the end of the hearing.