Two former solicitors have appeared in court in Cork charged with conspiring to defraud a number of banking institutions.

Keith Flynn and Lyndsey Clarke, both of Blarney Street, Cork, face one charge each.

They are charged that they conspired with each other on dates between January 2016 and June 2018 to defraud AIB, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank and other financial institutions by creating false identities to be used for the purpose of obtaining credit dishonestly and with the effect of causing financial loss to those institutions.

Garda Sergeant Gearóid Davis told the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed that the matters in both cases be sent forward for trial on indictment to Cork Circuit Criminal Court, of if the defendants so choose, their cases could go forward on a signed plea of guilty.

Applications for free legal aid for both were granted after Judge Olann Kelleher heard that Ms Clarke, a 37-year-old mother-of-two, is on a Back to Work scheme, and Mr Flynn, who is 46 and working as a chef, is supporting four children.

Both were released on bail to appear again at the district court in four weeks' time for the presentation of the books of evidence.