A man has been jailed for life at the Central Criminal Court for raping two young brothers aged nine and 11 in Dublin between 2004 and 2006.

Philip Sullivan, 45, a native of Kildare town and with an address on Botanic Avenue in Glasnevin, had already served two previous sentences for separate similar offences over a decade ago.

He was released in 2000 and began abusing children four years later.

Mr Justice Paul Carney said Sullivan had destroyed incredibly young lives and abused the trust that had been placed in him.

Sullivan committed the offences at an apartment in the Steelworks block in Gardiner Street and even in the boys' own home and was able to do so because he was a trusted family friend.

He was arrested and questioned following a lengthy investigation by the Detective Unit at Store Street Garda Station and pleaded guilty to 11 sample charges out of a total of 31.

But Sullivan was caught abusing children before and convicted twice of similar offences in 1995 and 1997.

He was sentenced to four and five-year jail sentences in courts in Naas and Dublin and had only been released in 2000.

Mr Justice Paul Carney said that by his actions Sullivan had shown he did not respond to treatment programmes and counselling and directed he be registered as a sex offender.

'Under normal circumstances these latest would have warranted a 12-year sentence reduced to 10 years on mitigation but his previous convictions have escalated this case into a whole different category,' Mr Justice Carney said.

He sentenced him to life in prison and refused leave to appeal the sentence.