Saturday 18 November 2017

Ex-priest Bill Carney accused of indecent has case adjourned

Tom Tuite

THE case of a former priest awaiting trial on historic child sex abuse charges has been adjourned for two weeks.

William Carney, aged 63, who is currently of no fixed abode, is charged with 34 counts of indecent assault of eight boys and two girls, at locations in Dublin and north east Leinster from 1969 until 1989.

Today at Cloverhill District Court, Judge Grainne Malone further remanded him in custody with consent to bail. His next hearing will take place at the same court on June 19th.

A book of evidence has yet to be served on Mr Carney, who is to face a Circuit Court trial.

At an earlier stage Judge Malone had lifted an earlier gag order prohibiting the news media from naming the 63-year-old who currently has no fixed address.

Her ruling came following submissions from lawyers for RTE, The Irish Times, the Irish Independent and the Irish Daily Mail's publishers Associated Newspapers, who had argued that there was no legislative provision barring the identification of Mr Carney who has not yet indicated how he will be pleading to the charges.

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