It is understood that the report of the Future of Media Commission will go to Cabinet in two weeks' time.

The report was discussed by the three Coalition leaders at their meeting last night.

Earlier today, commission chairman Brian MacCraith criticised the delay in publishing the report.

A spokesperson for the Government told RTÉ News that it is committed to putting in place a framework which will enable a sustainable future for a vibrant, diverse and independent media sector.

The Future of Media Commission's task was a complex one, addressing issues for the media landscape over the next decade across platforms, including in print, online and broadcasting.

Wide-ranging recommendations have required detailed thought and consultation and discussions involving the Taoiseach, Minister Catherine Martin and other relevant ministers.

Another key element is the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill, currently at report stage in the Seanad, and the new media regulator, Coimisiún na Meán, which will implement recommendations in the Commission’s report.

It is expected that the matter will be brought to Government before the summer recess and the report will then be published.

Senator Malcolm Byrne also called for the report to be published as soon as possible.

Mr Byrne said Prof MacCraith was "completely right" to request the publication of the report.

"The Future of the Media Commission Report has sat on Minister Catherine Martin's desk for almost a year now and it’s high time it was published," he said.

"At a time when local media is under enormous pressure and certainty is required for RTÉ’s future, it is incomprehensible that the government has sat on the report since last October," Mr Byrne added.

"We need to have a public debate on the future of our media, particularly in an era of fake news and disinformation," he said.

"The failure to publish is no longer acceptable. It should be put into the public domain immediately."