Five men and six women have appeared at the district court facing more than 200 charges as part of a two-year garda investigation into child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation in the south of the country.

The 11 accused people range in age from their 30s to their 70s.

All are facing charges of sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

A number also face charges of rape, and of child cruelty and neglect.

The court was told the DPP has directed that all matters proceed on indictment to the Central Criminal Court.

The 11 were remanded on bail to 21 November for the preparation of the book of evidence.

Strict conditions were, however, attached to the bail, including that the accused persons reside at named addresses and be contactable at all times by mobile phone with gardaí, sign-on at a garda station weekly, and have no contact, including through social media or by a third party, with the victims in the case.

Prohibitive reporting restrictions were also ordered by the judge, including identifying any location or townland connected with the case, or the location of the court hearing in order to protect the identity of the victims.