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Former sports coach and politician appears on 171 counts of sexual assault

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Charged: Bill Kenneally

Charged: Bill Kenneally

Charged: Bill Kenneally

Former sports coach and political activist Bill Kenneally has appeared in court charged with 171 counts of sexual assault against three boys.

The charges against Kenneally (68), formerly of Summerville Avenue, Waterford city, relate to a period in the 1980s. He appeared in Waterford district court yesterday in relation to the charges and was remanded in custody to be brought back again on Friday, when a further three-week adjournment is expected to be sought by gardaí to allow for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Inspector Siobhan Keating submitted evidence of arrest, charge and caution by way of written schedule and said directions had been issued by the DPP on November 26 last, requesting a trial on indictment.

There was also consent from the DPP, Insp Keating said, for the accused to be sent forward for sentence on a signed plea, should that arise. She applied for Mr Kenneally to be remanded in custody until Friday.

The application was by consent from the accused's solicitor, Matthew Byrne. Mr Kenneally was in court, wearing a dark green jumper, blue shirt and dark trousers but was not called upon to speak during the hearing.

Judge Kevin Staunton noted the evidence and agreed to remand Mr Kenneally in custody until Friday. He also granted legal aid, assigning Mr Byrne to the case.

The accused was involved in local politics and acted as a tallyman for Fianna Fáil at a number of elections.

Irish Independent