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A retired consultant surgeon has appeared in court charged with indecent assault of 16 male patients over 3 decades.
80 year-old Michael Shine was arrested outside of the criminal courts of justice at five to ten this morning. He was charged and cautioned by detectives before being brought into the district court to be formally charged.
The court heard that when each of the 25 charges of indecent assault were put to him he replied not guilty. He said that he had not been in Ireland at the time one of the alleged assaults took place.
The assaults, which involve 16 male patients, allegedly happened over three decades beginning in the 1960's, at Our Lady's Hospital in Drogheda and at a private clinic in county Louth.
Judge Cormac Dunne granted Michael Shine bail of his own bond of 5,000 euro and ordered that he sign on weekly at Donnybrook Garda station.
Michael Shine must return to court on the 3rd of October to be served with a book of evidence.