Eleven men have appeared before Drogheda District Court charged in relation to the discovery of an illegal cigarette factory in Jenkinstown, Co Louth yesterday.

The court was told by Garda Inspector Martin Beggy that 25 million cigarettes were recovered, the estimated value was €57m and this reflected a loss to the exchequer of €45m.

All face the same two charges contrary to the Finance Act 2005.

The accused Vytautas Pelenis (33), Mindaugas Pelenis (35), Evaldas Simonelis (48), Giederius Palciauskas (28), Rumuras Butkevicius (41), Javaras Kairys (34), Tomas Jarutis (27) and Vytautas Sakinis (27) are from Lithuania, and Petar Petrov (46), Yordan Shopski (51) and Boti Panicharsti (62) are from Bulgaria.

In all cases, Inspector Beggy said the Director of Public Prosecutions was directing trial on indictment in the circuit court and remands in custody were being sought.

Barrister Irene Sands represented seven of the 11 accused.

None of the seven made applications for bail and were remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on 22 March.

Solicitor Barry Callan represented two of the accused who did not make bail applications.

Solicitor Róisín Courtney applied for bail for two of the accused.

In relation to Vytautas Sakinis, she said his mother has lived in Naas, Co Kildare for 11 years.

Gardaí objected to bail on a number of grounds including that he was a flight risk, was a Lithuanian national, had no ties to this jurisdiction and it was feared he would not turn up for his trial.

Judge John Coughlan refused bail and remanded Mr Sakinis and Tomas Jarutis in custody.