There has been a renewed call for the Bishop of Cloyne, Dr John Magee, to consider his position after a report on child abuse in the diocese found the Catholic Church had not responded properly to abuse allegations.

Local Labour TD Sean Sherlock wants the Bishop to consider stepping down following the report.

The Minister for Children, Barry Andrews, defended current child protection reporting procedures and promised to publish a second report on the issue.

He was speaking after the publication of a report by the National Safeguarding Board for Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCC), which found the Catholic Church had not responded properly to abuse allegations.

A NBSCCC review of child abuse inquiries in the diocese of Cloyne found that Church authorities broke their own rules on reporting allegations.

Last night, Dr Magee apologised to victims of clerical sexual abuse and said there was no place in the Catholic Church for the perpetrators.

The abuse victim support group, One in Four, said the report showed the Catholic Church could not be trusted to put the safety of children first.

Mr Andrews said he intended to publish the HSE report on the events in Cloyne.