A 34-year-old man has appeared in court charged with setting fire to Emyvale Garda Station in Co Monaghan in October 2019. 

Seamus Treanor, with an address at 4 St Vincent's Flats, Market Square, Castleblayney, is accused of causing damage by fire to the station building itself as well as an outhouse. 

He was arrested yesterday and brought before Cavan District Court today. 

The court heard evidence of arrest, charge and caution. 

Garda Lorraine Quigley told the court that the properties had to be totally demolished and rebuilt as a result of the incident at a cost of about €250,000.

An application for bail was made. 

Judge Denis McLoughlin was told that gardaí believed the accused was a flight risk given that he had recently attempted to apply for a passport. 

Bail was refused and Mr Treanor was remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison to appear at Monaghan District Court on the 31 March.

Judge McLoughlin cited the seriousness of the charge and added that the court considered him to be a flight risk, especially in view of his attempts to obtain a passport and at a time when Covid-19 regulations against non-essential travel were still in place.