He was jailed for 14 years in 2016

A former basketball coach who groomed and abused young boys in Waterford has lost an appeal against his jail sentence.

Bill Kenneally of Summerville Avenue in Waterford was jailed for 14 years in 2016 after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting 10 boys in the 1980s.

The 67 year old had argued that the sentence was ‘grossly excessive’ but the Court of Appeal didn’t agree with him.

Speaking outside court, one of his victims Colin Power said justice had been served.

He said it sends out a fairly strong message to paedophiles and people who sexually abuse that you can be sent to jail for 14 years. 

Another abuse survivor Jason Clancy also spoke outside court.