Ex-politician Gary O'Flynn charged over triple murder plot

Gary O'Flynn before court appearance
Image caption Gary O'Flynn was charged with soliciting a man to kill three people

A former politician has been charged in connection with a triple murder plot in the Irish Republic.

Gary O'Flynn was charged with soliciting another man to murder three people, including a police officer, when he appeared in court in Cork.

The court was told the alleged targets were Detective Garda Mary Skehan, Revenue Commissioners official George Ross and accountant Patrick Sweeney.

The 37-year-old former Fianna Fail councillor was remanded in custody.

Mr O'Flynn, made an application for bail but it was refused by the district court judge.

During the hearing, it was alleged that he solicited a named person to murder the three people between 1 October last year and 15 February this year.

The accused was granted free legal aid after he told the court he had no income and no savings.

Mr O'Flynn is a member of a well-known political family in the city.

He was elected to the Cork city council in the 2004 local elections.

However, he resigned his council seat in December 2008, citing work commitments.