A 31-year-old man has been charged with a number of offences following an armed raid and a hijacking in Co Laois last week.

Joseph Moore, with an address at Market Mews, Maryborough Village, Co Laois, appeared at Dublin District Court this morning.

He was charged with threat to kill or cause serious harm, with robbery, unlawful seizure and burglary.

Mr Moore was charged with robbing the Emo filling station in Mountrath during which €930 was taken in the early hours of last Saturday morning.

He was also charged with the unlawful seizure "by threat of force" of a car at nearby Derrykearn, Abbeyleix, a short time afterwards.

Mr Moore replied: "I am so sorry" when charged with threat to kill or cause serious harm to a woman at his home address on 18 August.

He made no reply when charged with stealing the woman's car on the same date.

Mr Moore was also charged with burglary at a house at Oldtown, Abbeyleix, Co Laois, on 10 August and robbery the following day at Jones Oil, Tea Lane in Portlaoise.

Judge Grainne O'Neill was told the case had to come to a Dublin court because there no local court sittings.

Defence solicitor Brian Keenan said his client was not making bail application at this stage.

Det Garda JP O'Brien applied for a remand in custody and asked for 48-hours notice if a bail application is to be made at the next hearing.

He said it will be alleged a "fully load rifle" was discharged when a vehicle was hijacked and there were more serious offences.

Mr Moore was remanded in custody to appear again at the same court next Tuesday for directions from the Director of Public Prosecution to be obtained.

Judge Moore ordered that necessary medical attention be provided to Mr Moore while in custody after the court heard he had been hospitalised for several days.

Legal aid was granted after the court heard the accused was not working.