A couple charged in connection with the theft over two years of more than €135,000 from Virgin Media Television in Dublin have been remanded to appear in court again next January.

Kellie Walton, 39, from Kilfenora Road in Kimmage, Co Dublin, is accused of stealing over €64,500 (€64,509.93) cash in 2018 and another €70,600 (€70,614) cash in 2019.

She is a former employee of the television station who worked in payroll.

Her partner John Murray, who is also 39 and with the same address, is accused of handling the stolen money knowing it was stolen.

They are each facing two charges under the Criminal Justice Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

Detective Garda David Jennings told the court today that gardaí were seeking more time because there were three volumes of files for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He said the investigation now goes back 10 years from 2009 to 2019 and that "will be everything."

There were "huge problems" he said. They were examining bank accounts here, and Virgin Media's bank account was in the UK.

He also said there had been difficulties in getting documentation with people out of the office and working from home due to Covid-19.

Kellie Walton's solicitor Luke Staines said she was "very anxious for the matter to proceed" and "it was only going one way" to the higher Circuit Criminal Court.

He said he accepted this was a "big file" but the "delay" was "too long" and he asked the court to consider jurisdiction.

He said there had been "an inordinate delay" over the past eight months as the case first came before the court on 11 March. It would be nearly a year if remanded until January, he said.

Detective Jennings said that lockdown had occurred on 16 March, five days after the first appearance.

Judge Bryan Smyth said the delay was understandable and reasonable under the circumstances.

He said he would not "mark the case peremptorily", which means he would not put a deadline on it for the state.

He remanded the couple on continuing bail to appear at Dublin District Court on 29 January for the DPP's directions.

Neither Ms Walton nor Mr Murray appeared in court today and due to the Covid-19 restrictions their presence was not required.