Fianna Fáil TD for Meath East Thomas Byrne has expressed his shock at the attempted theft of €4.3 million from Meath County Council.

Officers from the money laundering unit within An Garda Síochána are currently investigating the attempted theft with assistance from Interpol.

Deputy Byrne said, “I am glad this attempted theft appears to have been successfully stopped. It is a disgraceful act and I hope the perpetrators are identified and brought before the courts to account for their actions.

“I will be seeking assurances that cyber security procedures within Meath County Council are at their highest possible level. I will also be looking for assurances that vital public services are not at risk, either temporarily or permanently, as a result of this attempted theft.

“It is also important that other local authorities across the country examine their own internal cyber security procedures to ensure they do not fall victim to a similar attack,” said Deputy Byrne.

Fianna Fáil Cllr Sean Drew, who is a member of the audit committee on Meath County Council, says he will be looking for a full review of the local authorities own internal controls and security measures.

“This attempted theft is shocking. We are lucky that the suspicious activity was identified and acted upon by An Garda Síochána. The detection and prevention of the attempted theft will allow for a full international criminal investigation to take place. As a member of Meath County Council’s audit committee I will be looking for a full review of our internal control and security measures.

“It’s important that any potential security issues are identified and action taken to rectify them. We must be vigilant to prevent a similar theft from being carried out in the future,” concluded Cllr Drew.