A retired surgeon has been found guilty of groping seven boys in his care over a period of three decades.

Michael Shine, 86, of Ballsbridge in Dublin had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

He faced 13 charges of indecent assault committed during medical examinations at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, and at two private clinics in Drogheda on dates between 1971 to 1992.

On day 17 of the trial, a jury of two women and eight men returned guilty verdicts, having deliberated for just over six hours.

Judge Martin Nolan adjourned the matter until 22 February for sentencing and remanded Shine on bail until that date.

During the trial, witnesses gave evidence of inappropriate touching during medical examinations, appointments and hospital stays. 

Shine denied doing anything improper during examinations with any of the complainants and said he had "no memory whatsoever" of ever treating any of them. 

Judge Nolan thanked the jury for their attendance and for doing their duty.