Man charged with arson after Dublin church fire

A 48-year-old man has appeared in Dublin District Court charged with arson following a fire at St Catherine's Church on Meath Street yesterday.

A 48-year-old man has appeared in Dublin District Court charged with arson following a fire at St Catherine's Church on Meath Street yesterday.

Patrick Currie of no fixed abode has been remanded in custody for a week and psychiatric assessment has been ordered at the request of his solicitor.

Mr Currie was dressed in a grey sweatshirt and pants and soft hospital-style white shoes at today's brief court appearance.

Garda Brian Hawkins gave evidence that the 48-year-old made no reply when he was charged with arson at St Catherine's Church following his arrest on Meath Street at 4.45pm yesterday.

He was detained in the evening as firefighters were called in to tackle the blaze in the Liberties.

The extent of the damage is not yet fully known.

In court today, Judge Timothy Lucey was told gardaí would raise objections to bail but as yet there was no such application.

The 48-year-old's solicitor Michael O'Connor said there were serious psychiatric issues and that assessment of his client was urgently required.

The judge ordered the assessment and remanded Patrick Currie to Cloverhill prison to appear in court again next Tuesday.

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