A former consultant surgeon at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda has been struck off the medical register for professional misconduct.

It follows an inquiry into complaints that Dr Michael Shine indecently or sexually assaulted male patients.

Today President of the High Court Mr Justice Richard Johnson confirmed the decision to erase Dr Shine's name from the medical register.

A probe was carried out by the Medical Council's Fitness to Practise Committee into the complaints on patients who were teenage or child patients between 1964 and 1994.

A number of Dr Shine's former patients were at the High Court today to hear the outcome of the inquiry and welcomed the decision.

One of the victims called for the Medical Council and An Bord Altranais to examine the role of doctors and nurses who, he said, actively supported the disgraced consultant while complaints of indecent assault were being investigated.

The man, who is now in his 50s, said the collegiality shown by the medical profession to their colleague was disgraceful and added to the trauma suffered by his victims.

He also called on the Medical Council to publish details of its committee hearing into Mr Shine.