Two men have been remanded in custody this evening after appearing before the Special Criminal Court on charges of INLA membership.
It is understood the two were arrested in the Dundalk area on Thursday night in relation to an ongoing Garda operation in to the activities of dissident republicans.
The men, 44-year-old Paul Kelly of Cedarwood Park, Coxs Demense, Dundalk, County Louth and 31-year-old Anthony Lee of Carnbeg, Doylesfort Road, Dundalk, were charged with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the INLA, contrary to the Offences against the State Act.
The three judge Special Criminal Court heard that both Kelly and Lee were charged with the offences at 4pm this afternoon.
The court was told by members of the Gardai that neither man made any reply after the charge was put to them.
During the brief hearing both men spoke only to confirm their identities.
The Court agreed to remand them in custody until Monday morning.