A former Irish rugby international has appeared in court charged with stealing over €500,000 from the Bank of Ireland.

Brendan Mullin, with an address at Stillorgan Road in Dublin, was arrested and brought before the Dublin District Court this morning on foot of an investigation by the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau.

He is charged with nine counts of theft under the Theft and Fraud offences Act, accusing him of stealing €573,000 from Bank of Ireland between 2011 and 2013.

The 57-year-old former managing director of Bank of Ireland private banking is also accused of deceiving two people, Nicola Johnson and Paul Gallagher, to sign a payment instruction to make a gain for himself or causing a loss to another.

Mr Mullin is also charged with five counts of false accounting.

Detective Garda Sean O'Riordan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.

He told the court that Mr Mullin was arrested at 9.08am this morning on Chancery Street in Dublin 7 and when he was charged with the offences at the Bridewell Garda Station, he made no comment.

The detective told the court the DPP had directed trial on indictment and there was no garda objection to bail

Mr Mullin was released on bail of his own bond of €10,000 and agreed to surrender his passport within 48 hours

He is due back in court on 11 November for service of the book of evidence.

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Mr Mullin earned 55 international caps for Ireland between 1984 and 1995.

He played at three Rugby World Cup finals - in 1987, 1991 and 1995 - and in nine Five Nations championships.

He also toured Australia in 1989 with the British and Irish Lions and at the time played club rugby for Blackrock College RFC.

Brendan Mullin in Five Nations action against Wales in 1995