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Man arrested over child abuse allegations at GAA venue

Gardai have made an arrest
Gardai have made an arrest

A man has been arrested following a three-year investigation into allegations of child sex abuse at a GAA venue.

In a statement a spokesman confirmed that gardaí at Longford investigating allegations of child abuse that occurred in Longford town between the years 2000 and 2008 have made an arrest.

The man, aged in his early 60s, was arrested in the town and is due to appear before Granard District Court which is sitting in Longford this morning.

RTE is reporting that the man was questioned over alleged distribution of child abuse material involving participants on a sponsored training programme.

According to the state broadcaster the garda investigation has centred around the activities on a training ground and maintenance scheme coordinated by the GAA at a venue

Parents complained that at least one worker and a local man had committed "dozens of sexual offences against children".

Gardaí say the man will be charged in relation to the investigation.