The Board of St John Ambulance Ireland has said that it intends to publish the report following an independent review of the handling of historical child sexual abuse within the organisation.

In a statement, it confirmed that it has received "a detailed report" from Dr Geoffrey Shannon S.C.

It acknowledged that many people are eager to review the findings of the report.

The board has said that it would be published "for public consumption immediately after the relevant legal, insurance and data protection review has taken place".

It added that the "necessary process" will commence immediately, and the Board is committed to ensuring it is as quick and efficient as possible

The report which Dr Shannon, a leading child protection expert, has compiled also includes an assessment of the current safeguarding practices within SJAI to inform areas of learning and further improvement.

Two weeks ago, members of the Seanad called for a full public inquiry into St John's Ambulance.

The calls came during a discussion on a cross-party motion demanding the immediate publication of a review into the handling of historical child sexual abuse at the charity.