A couple from Waterford have been charged on over 80 counts of abusing a minor.

A man in his 60s and a woman in her 30s were charged with the abuse of a boy, now aged 11, over a seven-year period.

The couple have been living together at an address in Co Waterford for some years.

They cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the child.

Inspector John Mulligan told District Court Judge Kevin Staunton that the woman was facing 33 charges, while 49 charges of a similar nature were brought against the man.

The accused were granted bail on their own bonds of €1,000 each, on condition they sign on at Waterford Garda Station twice weekly.

The couple must also remain living at the address supplied to the court and surrender their passports and not apply for any travel documents.

The couple were told they must not interfere with directly or indirectly with any witness in the case.

The man in the case was also ordered to have no contact with the Child and Family Agency.

The pair will appear at Waterford District Court on 22 July for service of the book of evidence.