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Dad facing abuse charges fails in bid to see children

A FATHER accused of sexual abuse and years of neglect of his children asked a judge to change his bail conditions so that he could see them.

However, the judge refused as the man was returned for trial along with the children's mother, who is also accused of neglect of the five girls and two boys between 2001 and 2010.

The pair are charged with having in their care children whom they wilfully assaulted, ill-treated, neglected and abandoned.

The father also faces two sexual-assault counts against one girl on dates between July 9, 2004 and June 5, 2005.

At Ennis District Court, Garda Irene O'Flynn served a book of evidence on both accused yesterday.

The pair came into and left court separately and sat in different parts of the courtroom during the hearing.

John Casey, solicitor for the accused man, asked that his client's bail conditions be varied so he could see two of his children. He told Judge Patrick Durcan: "I believe that they are anxious to meet up with him as well."

But the judge refused to vary the bail conditions after Inspector John Galvin had said: "I have reservations about that, given the nature of the charge, as they (the children) are witnesses in the case."

The Health Service Executive (HSE) was also legally represented in court yesterday.

Neglect

Both of the parents were remanded on bail on the same terms -- that they are not to have contact with the children, apart from the mother having HSE-supervised weekly access to one child.

The two have provided separate addresses and have to sign on twice weekly at Ennis Garda Station.

The judge ordered that the names of the adults and children must not be published and sent forward the two to face trial at Ennis Circuit Court on Tuesday, October 16.

Irish Independent