Sunday 23 September 2018

Ex-church worker on 75 charges of abusing boys

Patrick O'Brien
Patrick O'Brien
Saint Patrick Cathedral, Dublin

A FORMER Church of Ireland lay worker has been accused of sexually abusing boys over a 13-year period.

Patrick O’Brien (76) appeared in Dublin District Court charged with 75 counts of indecent assault on 10 separate alleged victims between 1977 and 1990.

The offences are alleged to have happened at locations around the country, including St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, residential addresses, and on a boat.

Judge Cormac Dunne granted bail subject to conditions and adjourned the case for the preparation of a book of evidence.


Mr O’Brien, of Knocklyon Road, Templeogue is charged with indecent assault on boys in Dublin and other counties including Galway, Westmeath and Kildare.

Detective Garda Anthony Maloney told the court he arrested the defendant at 8.10am at Terenure Garda Station for the purpose of charge.

“After caution, to each charge he said: ‘no comment’,” Det Gda Maloney said.

Judge Dunne granted bail in Mr O’Brien’s own bond of €500 with no cash lodgement required.

Conditions are that he stays at his home address, surrenders his passport and signs on at Terenure Garda Station once a week.

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