A jury of eight men and four women has been sworn in to hear the case against a father and son charged with possessing more than £3m from the Northern Bank raid in Belfast.

60-year-old Timothy (Ted) Cunningham, from Farran and his son Timothy John Cunningham Junior both pleaded not guilty at the Circuit Criminal Court in Cork to a total of 24 charges.

Prosecuting Counsel Tom O'Connell SC told the court that it is a notorious fact that £26.5m was robbed from the Northern Bank in Belfast in December 2004 and it is alleged that the accused in this case laundered part of the money stolen.

Some 250 witnesses are listed to give evidence, and the trial, the court was told, could last until Easter.

A jury was sworn in and sent home until next Tuesday, when the trial would begin before Judge Cornelius Murphy in the Cork Courthouse.

It took 25 minutes to read all 24 charges under money laundering legislation including a charge levied at both men for possessing more than £3m knowingly or believing that it came from the Northern Bank robbery in December 2004.