A 65-year-old County Waterford man has pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of three children.
The man, who cannot be named, admitted to two counts of rape and 13 counts of indecent assault of one girl at locations in Co Waterford and Co Tipperary between 1983 and 1987.
The victim was aged between 12 and 15 years old at the time of the offences in question.
The accused also admitted one count of indecent assault against a second girl on a date between 1979 and 1981, while she was aged between 13 and 14 years old.
He further pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault of a third victim on dates between 1988 and 1991, while she was aged between nine and 12 years old.
Prosecutor Michael Delaney SC, told Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy, that the guilty pleas were acceptable to the DPP on the basis that full facts would be given at the sentence hearing.
Mary Rose Gearty SC, defending, asked that the man be allowed to remain on bail to deal with family and administrative matters.
She said he knew he would be going into custody for a substantial time.
Mr Justice McCarthy set a sentence date of July 30th next.