A FORMER priest is to stand trial on 55 counts of indecent assault of 18 children at various locations in the State from the late 1960s until the early 1980s.
The defendant, who is in his seventies, was brought before Dublin District Court yesterday evening. The judge ordered the media not to name him or report the location of the alleged offences in case that would identify the complainants.
The man was arrested yesterday afternoon at Dublin Airport, the court heard. He was cautioned and said "No" when arrested on 55 warrants.
There was no application for bail. Judge Miriam Malone remanded him in custody to appear again at Cloverhill District Court on January 25.
She directed a medical examination of the accused in custody and granted legal aid.
However, she also stipulated that he would also have to furnish the court and gardai with a statement of his means.