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Church worker accused of sex abuse faces yet more allegations

Patrick O'Brien
Patrick O'Brien

A former lay worker with the Church of Ireland accused of sexually abusing ten boys between 1977 and 1990 faces allegations by four further complainants.

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, Dublin, was previously sent forward for trial from Dublin District Court. He had appeared earlier this month before Judge Martin Nolan at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for arraignment.

Anne Rowland BL, prosecuting, today submitted to Judge Nolan that there were four further complainants in the case.

Judge Nolan acceded to the request of Niall Nolan BL, defending, to assign a senior counsel to the defence team and adjourned the matter for arraignment to March 3, 2016.

No plea has been entered yet on any of the charges.

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