Man remanded on Real IRA charge

Cash was seized in Dublin and Cork

A man arrested during an operation in the Irish Republic against alleged money laundering has been charged with membership of the Real IRA.

Don Bullman of Wilton, Cork, was one of three men arrested after 94,000 euros were found in a car in Dublin. The two others have been freed without charge.

A police officer told a Dublin court he believed the notes were part of an IRA money laundering operation.

The cash was in a box of washing powder in a Northern Ireland registered car.

Father-of-three Mr Bullman, 30, appeared at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin on Friday and was remanded in custody.

Earlier this week, a total of seven people were arrested and £2m - £60,000 of it in Northern Bank notes - was seized during raids in the Irish Republic.

Others detained

The money is being tested to see if it is linked to the £26m Northern Bank raid in December.

On Friday, seventeen bags of sterling bank notes were removed from a house near Cork.

Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy told a news conference an additional £175,000 was surrendered to police in Dublin on Thursday night.

He said police were still in the early stages of their investigation.

"We see a subversive element in the movement of this money," he said.

"We are following quite a number of lines as to where the money may have come from, and naturally enough, one of those relates to the Northern Bank robbery."

The remaining suspects, who are being detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, can be held for 72 hours before they are charged or released.

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