A book of evidence is expected to be served by the end of the month on former sports coach and political activist Bill Kenneally who is accused of 171 counts of sexual assault dating back to the 1980s.

Kenneally, 68, formerly of Summerville Avenue, Waterford city, was charged recently in relation to the allegations and the case was adjourned to today.

Gardaí applied for a further adjournment to give them time to complete the book of evidence.

The application was by consent from the accused's solicitor, Matthew Byrne.

Judge Kevin Staunton granted the application and adjourned the case until 28 January when it will be back before Waterford District Court. He remanded Kenneally in custody until then.

The court previously heard that directions in relation to the allegations and investigation had been issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions last November and that the DPP was seeking a trial by indictment.

The accused was not called upon to speak during the court hearing.