Two men from Co Armagh have appeared in court charged in connection with the theft of two ATMs in Dundalk in the early hours of Saturday morning.

They were remanded in custody to appear again later this month.

Fearghal Nolan, 24, and Michael Muckian, 29, both from Silverbridge in south Armagh, appeared by video link.

They are charged with handling stolen property and possession of criminal property.

The property refers to vehicles stolen in Co Monaghan and used by the gang that stole the ATMs.

The two ATMs contained an estimated €240,000, and were recovered intact on an abandoned trailer in Forkhill in south Armagh following a police chase.

Gardaí who gave chase liaised with the PSNI after the raiders crossed the border.

The cash machines were ripped from the walls of two bank branches - AIB and Ulster Bank - in Dundalk.

Vehicles were set on fire outside both entrances to Dundalk Garda Station to slow the police response.

Refusing applications for both men to be released on bail, District Judge Eamon King described the robbery as being "like a military operation".

Mr Nolan and Mr Muckian were remanded in custody to appear in court again on 29 April.