A man who repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted two women when they were teenagers in a church choir is to appeal two awards of damages against him totalling almost €5m.
Jacqueline O'Toole, 55, from Pearse Street in Dublin and Geraldine Nolan from Townsend Street in Dublin had sued Joseph Carrick from Carysfort Woods in Blackrock in Co Dublin.
Ms O'Toole was awarded €4m by a jury last year, the highest award of its kind, and Ms Nolan was awarded €700,000 by a separate jury.
Carrick, who is now in his 70s, did not defend the cases.
The High Court refused to set aside the awards in a decision last Friday.
John Rogers, SC, for Carrick told the court today he would be appealing the awards and the judge's decision.
He said there was an arguable case for appeal on the grounds of the amount of time that passed before the women made their complaints and on the amount of damages awarded by the juries.
Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne granted a stay on the awards of damages for 21 days on condition that Carrick lodge notice of his intention to appeal to the Supreme Court within that time.
She said as liability for the damages was contested, it was not appropriate to order some money to be paid out to the victims.
Mr Rogers said they would be making an application to have priority granted to the appeal as soon as possible.
An order freezing Carrick's accounts and pension fund remains in place.