The father of a well-known GAA star is being investigated for the alleged serious sexual assault of a woman in her 20s which is alleged to have happened during a house gathering at the weekend.
It can be revealed the alleged incident happened in the early hours of Monday in a property in the south-east.
Sources said gardaí were treating the allegations "extremely seriously" and a forensic examination of the house was carried out by officers on Monday. A number of items were taken from the house as part of the investigation.
Officers were alerted to the situation when the young woman reported the crime at her local Garda station.
She was then brought to the sexual assault treatment unit at Waterford Regional Hospital.
It is understood the traumatised alleged victim has not yet given a formal statement to gardaí and there have been no arrests in the case.
It was unclear last night whether the alleged sexual attack happened during the course of a small house party.
The alleged victim and the suspect are well known to each other and it is believed he is more than 30 years older than her.
The GAA sports star was not present when the incident happened.
Gardaí confirmed yesterday an investigation was under way.
"Gardaí are investigating a sexual assault which is alleged to have happened on April 13," a spokesman told the Irish Independent. "There have been no arrests to date and enquiries are ongoing."
It is understood the case has caused major shock in the south-eastern town because of the alleged suspect's relationship to the GAA star.
The businessman at the centre of the allegation is aged in his 50s and has no previous criminal convictions.
"He is very well known locally and his son is very well known nationally and everyone is talking about the allegation," a source said last night.
"The alleged victim is obviously very traumatised and upset," the source added.
According to the latest CSO figures published last month, there was an overall increase in sex offences last year, with more cases of rape and child abuse being reported but less reporting of aggravated sexual assault.
In 2019, gardaí recorded an increase in sexual offences up from 3,182 cases in 2018 to 3,307 cases in 2019, a rise of 3.9pc.
Of the sex crimes reported last year, some 807 were rapes of females or males, 173 were defilements of girls or boys under the age of 17 years, and 31 were sexual crimes that victimised mentally impaired people.