Settlement has been reached in the cases of 13 victims of convicted sex offender and swimming coach, Derry O'Rourke.

12 of 13 victims settled in the High Court and will each receive a six-figure sum. The final case was settled at the Circuit Court.

The sexual assaults were carried out on the girls at a school in Dublin when they were aged between 12 and 17.

Swim Ireland, the governing body for swimming, and King's Hospital School in west Dublin are responsible for the payment of the damages.

It is understood that one of the victims of received more than €500,000.

The solicitor for the victims, Dave Coleman, said each of the victims was happy with the terms of the settlement, but that the women involved had been patient and had shown great fortitude and bravery in holding out for ten years until today's settlement was reached.

It is understood the Government had considered a setting up a compensation payment scheme in the case.

But this was ruled out by the cabinet following advise from the Attorney General that it would have wider implications for Government liability in other sexual abuse cases.

O'Rourke was released from jail after serving nine years of a 12-year sentence.

He is still subject to supervision by probation services and must sign in at a garda station once a week.

A small number of his victims were at the High Court today.