The Taoiseach has not ruled out an independent inquiry into allegations of abuse at a HSE disability centre in Donegal.

Micheál Martin said given the "potential scale" of what is involved, it could merit an inquiry.

He was responding to questions in the Dáil from Independent TD Thomas Pringle who said: "Another report that has been carried out by the HSE itself has identified an additional ten abusers at Ard na Greine Court (in Stranorlar) and the Sean O'Hare unit in Ballybofey, Co Donegal, the same place that Brandon lived in."

Last December a report by the National Independent Review Panel found a resident, given the pseudonym Brandon, carried out sexual assaults on other residents at the facility in Stranorlar, Co Donegal, between 2003 and 2016.

Mr Pringle told the Dáil today that: "Families read about the new cases in the paper. Some of them have been contacted by the HSE to tell them their loved one was abused by someone else other than Brandon, and some thankfully have been told that their loved one was not abused, but very few."

The Taoiseach said this follows on from a screening of all records and files at the Disability Centre and the work has now been externally validated.

The Taoiseach said that gardaí are now examining the report and that this work will take six weeks.

"I am going to wait the six weeks in terms of the trawl that they are doing. We don't want to undermine action that the gardaí might have to take," he said.

However, he said it was "very serious" and could ultimately merit an inquiry.