A garda has appeared in court charged with coercive control and assault offences over a ten-year period.

Mark Doyle, 36, who is based in Dublin and is currently on suspension, is accused of eight counts of assault and one count of coercive control against three victims.

He was remanded on bail until January.

Inspector Adrian Kinsella of the Garda National Protective Services Bureau (GNPSB) gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution today.

He told the court that he arrested Mr Doyle at 9.14am and when he was charged with the nine offences he made no reply.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 2008/09 and 2019.

The Inspector also said the DPP had directed trial on indictment and can be sent forward to the Circuit Criminal Court on a signed plea of guilty.

Defence solicitor Richard Young said Mr Doyle was objecting to two of the bail conditions requiring him to sign on at a garda station and surrender his passport.

He said the accused was "a serving member of An Garda Síochána" and was not going anywhere.

He said Mr Doyle had met for interview and charge, had engaged fully and does not see why his liberty should be curtailed by signing on and travel restrictions.

Mr Young said his client had no previous convictions, was not a flight risk and had a trip booked to Germany in December. They know his mobile number and his address, the solicitor said, and it is his full intention to meet the charges.

Inspector Kinsella replied that Mr Doyle had been suspended from An Garda Síochána, that these were serious indictable offences and the offences and the nature of the offences had led to these stipulations being requested.

Mr Doyle took the stand and agreed that he had always met this case and intended to comply and meet it on every occasion but that there were certain occasions when he wished to travel abroad and he required his passport.

Judge John Lindsay said he would not insist that Mr Doyle sign on at a garda station and he said he would have to give the GNPSB 14 days notice if he wished to travel abroad so that any objection could be mentioned before the courts.

He also granted him bail on condition that he have no contact with witnesses or the victims and that he inform the gardaí within 48 hours of any change of address.

Mr Doyle was remanded on bail until the case is in the District Court again on 7 January 2022, but he can be excused from appearing if it is confirmed that the Book of Evidence is not ready to be served on that day.

His solicitor also said there would be an application for legal aid subject to vouched documentation to Inspector Kinsella.