The Oireachtas Committee on Sport has recommended the establishment of a Sport Ombudsman to safeguard participants and ensure that duty of care issues are resolved.

It is one of eleven recommendations contained in the Committee's report entitled, "The Elimination of Abuse Directed Toward Referees, Officials and Players in Sport".

The report was compiled following consultations with various sport stakeholders over the past few months.

Other recommendations include the creation of a working group of key stakeholders, such as Sport Ireland and others, to develop a national code of conduct across Irish sport.

The Committee believes that media organisations should be obliged to adhere to the principles of that code of conduct, should it be developed.

It also proposes a range of supports to referees, officials and players who have received abuse and training initiatives to counteract abuse.

The Committee is calling on the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media to commission research into the levels of abuse and discrimination in Irish sport.

Committee chair Niamh Smyth said that the report was timely, given the scenes witnessed last weekend in Croke Park.

However, Fianna Fáil Senator Shane Cassells said that the "real abuse" is seen at underage level.

He told reporters that state funding to sporting organisations should be cut if they are not adhering to the code of conduct.

Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon described the scenes witnessed last weekend in Croke Park as ugly and called for full and swift implementation of sanctions against the perpetrators.

Deputy Dillon said that in order to recruit volunteers at local level in sport, there needs to be assurances that they will be protected from such abuse. He added that there was a concerning level of online abuse as well.

Another recommendation of the Committee was a social media campaign to highlight the value of sporting officials.

Sinn Féin's Imelda Munster said that this report only contains recommendations and that it will be up to the Department of Sport to implement them.

Otherwise, she warned, "it just remains a report with recommendations".

Senator Malcolm Byrne told those gathered at today's report launch that the real test will be whether players, officials and referees feel protected in years to come.

He said that it is very clear that the social media platforms themselves are not doing enough.

"It's completely unacceptable some of the abuse that is being experienced," he told reporters.

He said that the likes of Twitter had "failed spectacularly" in preventing anonymous abuse on its platform.

Sinn Féin's Johnny Mythen spoke of the importance of language around sport, which he said can sometimes normalise abuse.