A doctor has pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing child abuse material.

Dr Ronan Keogan, 50, of College Square, Terenure, was due to stand trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court this morning.

Defence counsel Lorcan Staines indicated a jury would not be required and his client was going to plead guilty.

Keogan pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly distributing child pornography at an unknown location within the State on 26 March 2017.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of possessing three child pornography images at an address in Templeogue, Dublin, on 15 May 2017.

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Prosecuting counsel Eoin Lawlor indicated to the court that Keogan is no longer living at the Terenure address due to some "unwanted attention" from the public.

Judge Patricia Ryan set a sentence date of 20 January 2023 and remanded Keogan on continuing bail.

A no-publicity order was previously imposed on the case at Dublin District Court, but this order was lifted when the case came to the Circuit Court following queries from media organisations.