ALMOST a quarter of a million euro in cash which was seized by Limerick gardai almost three years ago is to be forfeited to the State.
The Director of Public Prosecutions sought the forfeiture of €244,233, on the grounds that gardai believe it is the proceeds of crime.
The money, which was found in a plastic Dunnes Stores shopping bag, was seized in August 2011 after a car was stopped and searched by members of the divisional drugs squad.
While the driver was being questioned about the cash seizure, poker player, Paul Carr and another man presented themselves at Henry Street garda station claiming the cash belonged to them.
Mr Carr, 34, with an address at Vartry Avenue, Raheen made headlines in April 2010 when he won €312,000 in prize money in a Paddy Power sponsored poker tournament in Dublin.
Legal papers were served on Mr Carr earlier this year notifying him of the State application to have the money seized in the car forfeited. However, the application was not opposed when it came before Limerick Circuit Court.
Judge Carroll Moran granted the application, putting stay on it for 30 days in the event of an appeal.
Separately, it has emerged that more than €36,000 in cash, which was seized during a drugs search at a house in Caherdavin in May 2011 is also to be forfeited to the State.
Last September, the State successfully applied for the forfeiture of that money arguing that it was the proceeds of crime.
Mr Carr, who claimed the money was his, appealed the outcome to the High Court but was unsuccessful.