A 74-year-old man has been before the district court in Cork, charged with indecently assaulting a boy in the mid-1980s.

Michael Noel Sheehan was arrested at his home in Chimneyfields, Glenville, Co Cork, this morning.

The single charge brought against him was that, on a date unknown between 7 January, 1986, and 31 April, 1987, he committed an indecent assault on a named boy.

Detective Garda David Moynihan said the charge was brought arising out of a complaint made through Scouting Ireland. 

There was no Garda objection to the accused being remanded on bail. 

The Director of Public Prosecutions has issued instructions in this case for a trial on indictment at the Circuit Criminal Court in Cork.

Mr Sheehan's solicitor, Ken Murray, said a book of evidence would be required. 

Mr Sheehan was granted free legal aid after Mr Murray told the court his client was retired and his only income was the old age pension.

Judge Olann Kelleher remanded Mr Sheehan on bail until 19 June, when the case will be back before Cork district court again. 

Gardaí will prepare a book of evidence in the case in the meantime.