Church of Ireland lay worker accused of sexual abuse of 10 boys

Patrick O'Brien
Patrick O'Brien

A former lay worker with the Church of Ireland has appeared in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court accused of sexual abuse of ten boys between 1977 and 1990.

Patrick O’Brien (76) is facing 75 counts of indecent assault at numerous locations throughout the State including Kildare, Westmeath, on a boat in Loughrea in Co Galway and at St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.

Mr O’Brien, with an address at Knocklyon Road, Templeogue, in Dublin, was previously sent forward for trial from Dublin District Court. He appeared today before Judge Martin Nolan for arraignment.

Niall Nolan BL, defending, asked for the arraignment to be adjourned and said he was anxious not to take a trial date at this point. Counsel said that as a sentencing matter it would take a substantial amount of time.

Judge Martin Nolan adjourned the case until December 18 next. No plea has been entered yet on the charges.

Judge Cormac Dunne previously ruled that the media could identify the accused following an application by RTÉ at Dublin District Court.

Judge Dunne said nothing must be published that would identify any of the alleged victims and noted that there was no evidence that publishing the defendant’s name would link him to the complainants.