Two people have appeared in court in Monaghan charged in connection with the seizure of over €1m worth of drugs in the north east at the weekend.

Gardaí made the discovery of cannabis, a handgun, ammunition and cash during searches in counties Monaghan and Louth on Saturday.

Detective Garda Gavin Curran told Monaghan District Court that 56kgs of cannabis herb, estimated to be worth €1.12m, was found in the back of a van at an address in Inniskeen.

A semi-automatic handgun and five rounds of ammunition were also found.

€103,000 in cash was found in follow up searches in Greenore, Co Louth.

In court today 29-year-old Paul Foley of Inniskeen, County Monaghan, was charged with two counts under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

No bail application was made and he was remanded to Cloverhill Prison until Friday.

Alisha Fagan, aged 29, with an address at Whitestown, Greenore, Co Louth, was charged with money laundering.

A bail application was refused and she was remanded to Dóchas women's prison to appear before Monaghan District Court next week.