An assistant manager at the state training agency, FÁS, has appeared in court charged with deception involving over €600,000.

53-year-old James Brooke Tyrell of Church Gate, Church Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow, faces a total of 47 charges under the Criminal Justice Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

It is alleged that James Tyrell devised a false tendering process at the state training agency while he was an assistant manager of video production.

It is alleged that between 2002 and 2008, cheques totalling over €600,000 were paid to bank accounts controlled by him which were in the names of two media companies.

Dublin District Court was told he met gardaí by arrangement this morning and when charged with 47 counts of deception he replied: 'I've nothing to say'.

The state applied for a six-week adjournment to prepare the book of evidence and the court was told there could be further charges.

The 53-year-old has surrendered his passport.

He was granted legal aid and was remanded on bail to 17 November next.