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Man in Dublin court over Phoenix Park murder

A 27-year-old man has appeared in a Dublin court charged with the murder of Gerard Donnelly who was found burned in a sleeping bag in the city's Phoenix Park on Friday.

Mr Donnelly, who was in his 30s and believed to be from Tallaght in Dublin, had also suffered a fractured skull.

He was identified through dental records and DNA samples.

The accused, Ciaran Moran originally of Rathsallagh Park in Shankill, was remanded in custody for a week.

The court heard he made no reply when charged with the murder.

He was granted free legal aid and the judge recommended that he be given any necessary medical treatment.

There was no application for bail and Mr Moran was remanded in custody to appear again at Clover Hill District Court next week.

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old girl arrested in connection with the murder has since been released.

She was arrested on Monday night and was held at Blanchardstown Garda Station until Wednesday afternoon.

A second man, a 20-year-old, arrested on Monday is also being questioned about the murder at Finglas Garda Station.