Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has asked gardaí in Waterford to furnish her with more information regarding how they dealt with the case of a notorious paedophile in the city.

Former basketball coach Bill Kenneally was sentenced last year for 14 years, after pleading guilty to abusing 10 teenage boys in Waterford in the 1980s. 

Victims have called for a Commission of Inquiry into the entire matter and the Ms Fitzgerald, who has met victims, has written to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin saying she is seeking additional clarification from gardai in Waterford regarding certain aspects of their report.

In a separate development, the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore say Monsignor John Shine, (91), who is an uncle of Kenneally, has resigned from his role as Chairperson of the Board of Management at Holy Cross National School in Tramore. 

Victims of Kenneally had earlier in the week written to Pope Francis asking for the Monsignor to e removed from the school board.

The victims allege the Monsignor knew from at least 2002 or before that his nephew had abused at least one boy but that he did nothing about it. 

Monsignor Shine denies these allegations, saying he knew nothing about the abuse in the past and that he has done nothing wrong.

He said he has decided to resign from the board "bearing in mind the wishes, and indeed the distress, of the victims of my nephew Bill Kenneally".

He went on to say that due to a serious illness he has been housebound for the past three months but that when he is in a position to do so, he would like to meet the victims.

A spokesperson for the Diocese said the resignation was not due to the victims having written to the Pope.

The victims have welcomed the fact that he has now resigned. 

"We believe Monsignor Shine's position was untenable," says Colin Power, one of Kenneally's victims. 

He said: "We rang the school but were told a decision on removing him from the Board of Management is not one the school can make."

The Department of Education said they had no authority to remove Monsignor Shine, in particular as he had not been accused of any wrongdoing, saying "the appointment of a Board of Management of a school is a matter for the relevant school patron", which in this case was the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Bishop Cullinan.

The victims wrote to Pope Francis on Tuesday (via the Papal Nuncio's office in Dublin) demanding he use his authority to force the removal of the Monsignor from the school board.

Bill Kenneally was interviewed by senior gardaí in December 1987 about him abusing boys but was not charged then, with gardaí saying there were no written statements of complaint. 

Kenneally is currently appealing the severity of his sentence.