Meath County Council has confirmed that the €4.3 million in funds, which was the subject of an attempted cyber enabled theft in October 2016 has now been "safely returned in full to the Council's bank account."

The money had been frozen in a bank account in Hong Kong after gardaí interrupted an attempt to steal the money.

The council was the victim of what is known as a ‘CEO fraud’ whereby large sums of money are transferred to criminals on foot of a bogus instruction in the name of a company chief executive.

In a statement released today, Meath Co Council said it "would like to thank the police and court authorities in Hong Kong and the gardaí in Ireland for their support and assistance in securing the return of the funds."