An 18-year-old man has appeared in court in Limerick charged with the rape and sexual assault of a seven-year-old girl.

He is charged with two counts of raping the child and 13 counts of sexual assault on dates between August 2010 and December 2011.

The young man appeared before Limerick District Court today where Garda Dympna Bourke gave evidence of arresting him at his home in Co Tipperary last night.

The court heard the 18-year-old was formally charged at Henry Street Garda Station where he made no reply to the charges.

Solicitor Darach McCarthy told the court his client had recently completed State examinations and was not in receipt of social welfare.

Sergeant Donal Cronin said there was no objection to bail on a number of conditions.

The young man was granted bail on condition he resides at his home address.

He was also ordered not to have any contact with the injured party or her family and to sign on three times a week at Henry Street Garda Station.

He was also ordered to surrender his passport as a condition of his bail.

Judge John O'Neill adjourned the matter back until 9 October to allow for the preparation of the book of evidence.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment, the court heard.