The Minister for Education, Noel Dempsey, has said there was no attempt by his Department to conceal anything from the commission into child abuse in church-run institutions regulated by the state.

Responding to a report by the commission's former chairwoman, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, Mr Dempsey said he accepted the inquiry had experienced difficulties and delays.

He indicated the Department was not given extra resources when the commission was set up, but more resources were allocated when it asked for them, to cope with growing demands from the inquiry.