A man has appeared in court charged in connection with a crash that killed a mother and son and a young footballer.
Keith Lennon appeared before Dundalk District Court charged with dangerous driving causing the death of three people and failing to stay at the scene of a crash and report it.
The court was told that Mr Lennon, a 20-year-old from Dromintee in Co Armagh, was arrested for the offences at 1am on Monday.
Wearing a grey hoody and dark jeans, Mr Lennon did not speak during the court appearance.
The three victims, all from Northern Ireland, died in the crash in Co Louth in the early hours of Saturday.
The three people who died were named locally as Mary Faxton, who was in her 80s, and her son Kevin Faxton, who was in his 50s, and Bryan Magill, who was 25.
The two older victims were both occupants in one of the cars involved in the collision on the N1 at Carrickcarnan at about 2.15am on Saturday.
The younger man was travelling in the other car. Another man in his 20s, who sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash, was also in that car.
Garda Ronan Costello told the court that the accused did not make a reply when charged with the offences on Monday.
Defence solicitor Amy McComiskey made an application for bail.
Garda Costello said he objected to bail based on the seriousness of the charges, the nature and strength of the evidence and his flight risk as he does not live in the Republic where the crash happened.
Judge Deirdre Gearty refused bail citing the “extremely serious” nature of the charges and concerns that he is a flight risk.
She passed on her sympathy to the victims’ families.
The judge remanded him to custody to Cloverhill Prison.
He is due before court on March 5.
Ms McComiskey requested that he receives medical attention while in custody.
Mr Magill was from Newry, while the Faxtons were from the nearby Co Armagh village of Bessbrook.
The crash was one of a series of fatal incidents on Ireland’s roads over the weekend.
Four other people died.
A 16-year-old girl was killed after the car she was travelling in struck a wall in Oughterard, Co Galway, in the early hours of Sunday.
In Co Monaghan, a male pedestrian aged in his 20s suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a lorry on the N54 between Monaghan and Clones on Saturday morning.
On Friday night, a man and a woman in their 60s died in a crash involving a car and a jeep on the N55 in Ballinagh, Co Cavan.