A man charged with the murder of three people in Dublin has been further remanded in custody pending formal directions from the Director of Prosecutions.

A request was made by lawyers for RTÉ and newspapers to be allowed make an application to lift the reporting restrictions in the case at Cloverhill District Court today.

Restrictions are in place which prohibits the identification of the accused and the deceased.

However, Judge Victor Blake refused to alter the existing order and said an application could not be heard until the defence and the chief prosecution solicitor at the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had been put on formal notice.

Gardaí launched a murder investigation following a post-mortem into the deaths.  

They arrested a man in his 30s and charged him with three counts of murder. 

The accused faced his second hearing today when he appeared before Judge Blake.

Defence counsel Morgan Shelley told the court that he had spoken with the prosecution and there was consent to an adjournment until 16 December.

Judge Blake remanded the man in continuing custody until that date and he said formal directions from the DPP must be obtained.

Counsel said preparation of a book of evidence could take some time.

The accused did not address the court but nodded in agreement when asked if he would prefer to appear via video-link at his next hearing.