Dublin solicitor Thomas Byrne has appeared in court in Dublin charged with theft and fraud offences totalling over €50m.

The Dublin District Court was told that Mr Byrne, 45, with an address at Aungier Street in Dublin, made no comment when the 50 new charges were put to him.

He is now facing a total of 52 fraud offences relating to more than 20 residential properties and six banks totalling more than €52m.

The court was told that the DPP has directed trial on indictment and that the book of evidence will be ready for service next month.

Mr Byrne arrived at the Dublin District Court this morning already facing two charges in connection with the theft of over €2m in relation to his clients' purchase of an apartment block on Dorset Street in Dublin city centre.

Another 50 theft and fraud charges were put to him today, totalling a further €50m.

Mr Byrne, who had a solicitor's practice in Walkinstown in Dublin, now faces 21 charges of theft relating to mortgage funds, 14 charges relating to deeds of transfer and assignment on properties, nine charges of deception and eight charges of using false instruments.

All of the offences are alleged to have occurred between 2004 and 2007, all relate to residential properties in Dorset Street, Crumlin, Clondalkin and south Dublin and relate to six banks - NIB, IIB, EBS, Irish Nationwide, Anglo Irish Bank and Bank of Scotland (Ireland).

Detective Sergeant Paschal Walsh of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation told the court that Mr Byrne made no comment when the 50 new charges were put to him.

Judge John O'Neill granted Mr Byrne free legal aid and remanded him on continuing bail until 2 March for service of the book of evidence.