More than €2m in counterfeit notes seized

Friday 07 February 2014 18.58
The notes are of very high quality and it is believed that some are already in circulation
The notes are of very high quality and it is believed that some are already in circulation

More than €2m in counterfeit notes have been seized by gardaí investigating the activities of dissident republicans.

Gardaí have described the counterfeiting operation as "highly sophisticated".

The notes, which are all in €50 denominations, are said to be of very high quality and gardaí believe some of them are already in circulation.

They have issued a warning to traders, members of the public and business people to be very cautious when handling €50 notes.

A specialised Heidelberg industrial printing press has also been seized.

Three men have already been charged and brought before the courts.

The garda investigation is continuing.