A man accused of raping his wife on multiple occasions over four years is to stand trial.

The man, who is in his 40s, appeared before Judge Treasa Kelly at Dublin District Court, charged with 18 counts of rape at an address in Dublin from 2009 to 2014.

Judge Kelly heard that he "made no reply to these charges".

There was no objection to bail provided he agreed to obey specific conditions.

He must have no contact with the injured party or a witness, their child who was allegedly a witness and is now an adult.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has directed he will face trial on indictment and must be sent forward for trial.

Judge Kelly warned him to obey the bail terms and to appear again at the District Court in November to be served with a book of evidence and returned for trial.

Legal aid was granted to the man who listened to the proceedings with the assistance of an interpreter.

He has yet to indicate a plea and did not address the court.

His solicitor spoke on his behalf regarding the bail conditions, address and a statement of his means required for the legal aid request.

None of the parties can be identified because, due to the nature of the charge, they have the legal right to anonymity.