Man appears in court charged with arson at churches

A 48-year-old man has appeared before a special court sitting in County Louth, accused of three separate arson attacks on two churches in Dundalk over the weekend.

A 48-year-old man has appeared before a special court sitting in County Louth, accused of three separate arson attacks on two churches in Dundalk over the weekend.

Liam Walsh of Row Two, Muirhevnamor, Dundalk is charged with committing arson at the Holy Family Church, Muirhevnamor, on Saturday and Sunday, and the Marist Church on Saturday.

The court in Ardee heard that the accused had a half-filled bottle of kerosene when he was arrested yesterday afternoon and allegedly said he was on his way back to try and burn the Holy Family church again.

Judge Flann Brennan remanded him in custody to appear again at Dundalk District Court on Wednesday, and directed that he be psychiatrically assessed.

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