Eleven people who were charged in connection with a violent disorder incident in Longford town earlier this week have been remanded in custody with consent following a court sitting in Longford this afternoon.

All eleven are due to reappear before Judge Seamus Hughes at a special sitting of Longford District Court on Friday 27 December at 5pm.

Joe Meares, 27 and of Richmond Street, Longford; Johnny Nevin, 23 and from Richmond House, Legion Terrace, Townspark, Longford; Noel Cawley, 28 and with an address at Lavender Cottage, Farnagh Hill, Longford; Johnny Doyle, 23 and of Richmond Street, Longford; Johnny Doyle, 38 and from The Mill, Clondra, Longford; William Nevin, 32 of Grian Ard, Ardnacassa Avenue, Longford; Martin Nevin, 37 and from 15 Canal Drive, Prospect Woods, Longford; and Martin Nevin, 59 and of Farnagh, Longford, were charged and remanded in custody by consent at Tuesday's sitting of Longford District Court.

Also appearing before the court this afternoon were Ryan Doyle, 18 and of Annaly Park, Longford, Martin Doyle, 21 and from Ferefad, Ardagh Road, Longford and Stephen Doyle, 51 and with an address at Richmond Street, Longford.

The court heard that, on DPP direction, all 11 defendants will face trial on indictment and have been remanded in custody with consent.

Following the appearance of the 11 men, Judge Hughes commended Superintendent Jim Delaney and the gardaí on their hard work in the town and noted that there are six other local feuds in Longford for gardaí to manage.

"The gauntlet has been thrown down by a small core of people in this town and I commend the superintendent for the resources that he has devoted to the security of this court here today, and the investigation of the crime, and hopefully the administration of justice can bring everything to a speedy conclusion in due course," he said.