A man has appeared in court charged with stealing thousands of euro from a bank during an IT systems failure.

Kamoru Alabi, 42, with an address at Corran Ard, Athy, Co Kildare, faces 59 counts of theft from the ATM at the Ulster Bank in Athy on 22 June 2012.

Detective Garda Keith Gorman alleged that during the bank's IT failure, Mr Alabi made 59 withdrawals of €750 from his account, stealing a total of €43,000.

He was arrested this morning. He made no reply when the charges were put to him.

Mr Alabi, a married father-of-three who is originally from Nigeria, was granted legal aid.

He is to appear before Athy District Court again on 11 March for service of a book of evidence.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment.

Mr Alabi was released on bail with signing-on conditions.

He must also surrender his passport.