A jury at the High Court has awarded €2.2m in damages to a woman who was sexually abused by her father when she was aged between four and six.

The woman, now in her 30s, also claimed her father facilitated similar abuse by neighbours and others.

She said this happened both in the family home and in other houses in the area.

The woman, who cannot be named by order of the court, claimed that she suffered serious psychological and emotional damage throughout her life as a result of the abuse.

Her father claimed that the abuse never happened.

However, after a six-day trial, the jury found that the man did commit an act or acts of sexual abuse resulting in injury and damage to his daughter.

It assessed general damages at €1.6m and aggravated damages at €600,000.

Mr Justice Michael McGrath gave a decree for €2.2m plus costs against the father, who is retired and was represented in the case under the free legal aid scheme.

As he denied that the abused happened, the man said he had not asked any of the named people also accused of the abuse to give evidence on his behalf because they would have been "absolutely horrified" at having to come to court.

The woman told the court the abuse happened in 1980s until her mother took her and her sister to a women's refuge.

The children were later put into foster care after the woman told social workers her mother also abused her.

The court heard that two years after they left the family home, when she was eight, she gave a statement to gardaí outlining the alleged abuse.

A file was sent to the DPP who decided not to prosecute because, the court heard, the children were too young.

After seeing her father by chance in 2009, she decided to go to gardaí and make a complaint herself as an adult, but again the DPP decided there would be no prosecution.

At that stage, she decided to bring the High Court civil proceedings.