Former Christian brother accused of abusing young boys at Limerick school

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A FORMER Christian brother has been charged with more than a hundred counts of indecently assaulting young boys at a primary school in Limerick city more than 30 years ago.

A FORMER Christian brother has been charged with more than a hundred counts of indecently assaulting young boys at a primary school in Limerick city more than 30 years ago.

Seamus Treacy, aged 70, of Ashton Close, Swords, Dublin appeared before Limerick District Court after he was was chared with a total of 138 counts.

It is alleged the offences took place at CBS Primary School, Sexton Street and St Enda’s Swimming Pool, Kilmallock Road on dates between 1978 and 1981.

Det Gardai Deirdre Foley said the defendant made no reply to any of the charges.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly granted an application for free legal aid “in view of the extreme seriousness and multiplicity of the charges”.

Solicitor Darach McCarthy told the court that Treacy is in receipt of a pension but that he is not being supported by any institution for the proceeding.

Insp Luke Conlon told the court the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed the case should proceed on indictment and he requested an adjournment to faciltate the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr McCarthy asked that his client’s name not be published in the media because of the multiplicity of the charges and the sensitivity of the case,

However, Judge O’Kelly refused the request saying the case was one of “considerable antiquity” and there was no question of the alleged victims still being minors or being identified.

Treacy was granted bail and he is due to appear before the court again on July 24, next.