A former priest has appeared before Dublin District Court charged with 55 counts of indecent assault against minors, dating back to the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

The man, aged 72, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was remanded in custody to appear again before Cloverhill District Court on 25 January next.

Judge Miriam Malone heard evidence of arrest, charge and caution from Inspector Martin Mooney, who said the accused replied "no" as each count was put to him at the Bridewell Garda Station in Dublin today.

The 55 charges relate to alleged incidents of indecent assault involving 18 complainants at various locations in Ireland on dates in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, when they were children.

The accused was granted free legal aid and made no application for bail.