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Three Dublin men have been charged with possessing an imitation handgun after gardai stopped a van on Friday.

Patrick Macken, 29, Clonshaugh Road, Dublin 7, Derek Mitchell, 21, from Moatview Avenue, Coolock and Julian O'Connor, 34, St Brigid's Road, Raheny, appeared at Dublin District Court yesterday.

They are charged with possessing an imitation firearm at Rosemount Avenue, Artane, Dublin and having implements allegedly intended for use in a burglary on the afternoon of March 13. Mr Mitchell has an additional charge for driving a vehicle with a false registration number.

The three men made “no reply” when charged by detectives Nicola Lowry, Susan Lyons and Ian Pemberton of the Garda Organised Crime Unit.

Judge Anthony Halpin heard that there was no objection to bail being granted to Mr Macken and Mr Mitchell subject to them obeying conditions.

They were remanded on bail to appear again on May 11 while gardai get directions from the DPP.

They were ordered not to have contact with co-defendants, not to apply for travel documents and to sign on daily at their local garda stations, to obey curfews and to provide garda with contact phone numbers.

Det Gda Pemberton objected to bail being granted to Mr O'Connor who was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Wednesday, March 18.

He said it was alleged that Mr O'Connor had been in the back on the van and was wearing two layers of clothes as well as a scarf and gloves. Cable ties and an imitation firearm were found in the van, Gda Pemberton alleged.

Defence solicitor Jenny McGeever asked for bail to be granted. She said her client had lost his job recently and he has children.

Mr O'Connor, dressed in blue jeans and a navy jumper, told the court he would abide by any condition the court would impose if he were released.

However, Judge Halpin refused to grant bail to him.

All three were granted legal aid.

Meanwhile, four other men have been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the DPP.

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