Breaking: Former Donegal priest sent for trial on 26 abuse charges

June 14, 2021

A FORMER Donegal priest will stand trial on 26 counts of indecent assault on two young girls in the 1970s.

The 85-year-old man is charged with assaulting the children at locations in Donegal on dates between 1972 and 1975.

The man, who was accompanied by a family member, appeared at a brief hearing at Letterkenny District Court.

A book of evidence was served on the man, now with an address at rented hostel accommodation in Dublin.

The man cannot be named for legal reasons in order to protect the identity of any of the alleged victims in the case.

Garda Sergeant Gerard Dalton said the DPP had consented for the accused to be sent forward on trial to the next sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court, which commences on July 13.

The accused spoke only to confirm his signature on a bail bond.

Judge Alan Mitchell administered the alibi warning and instructed a publication order.

Legal aid was granted to solicitor Mr Frank Dorrian and two legal counsel were assigned.

The man, who was remanded on continuing bail, is to be of good behaviour and is to notify Gardaí of any change of address. He is to have no contact, directly or indirectly, including by electronic means, with any of the victims or witnesses in the case.