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Abuse allegations  Ex priest (85) charged with 26 counts of indecently assaulting two girls in the 1970s

The then-priest is charged with assaulting two alleged victims, on dates between 1972 and 1975.

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A FORMER priest has appeared in court accused of abusing two young girls in the 1970s.

The 85-year-old was granted bail after he was charged with 26 counts of indecently assaulting the children at locations in Co Donegal.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case at Dublin District Court, for the preparation of a book of evidence.

The then-priest is charged with assaulting two alleged victims, on dates between 1972 and 1975.

Detective Garda John Gallagher of Milford garda station, Co Donegal gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.

He said he arrested the accused at his rented hostel accommodation in Dublin for the purpose of charging him. He was taken to the Bridewell station in central Dublin where the three counts of indecent assault were put to him.

The man made no reply after caution and was handed copies of the charge sheets.

Det Gda Gallagher said there was no objection to the accused’s bail subject to conditions.

Judge Smyth granted bail in the man’s own bond of €500, with no cash lodgement required.

Under conditions, he is to notify gardai of any change of address and have no contact, directly or indirectly, including by electronic means with any witnesses in the investigation.

He is to be of good behaviour and commit no offences.

The DPP directed trial on indictment, Det Gda Gallagher said.

The priest addressed the court only to confirm that he was in receipt of an old age pension. Judge Smyth asked if he had any other means to pay his legal fees.

“No,” he replied.

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The judge granted free legal aid and remanded the accused on bail to Letterkenny District Court.

He also ordered reporting restrictions.

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