A group of men who suffered sexual abuse as schoolboys at a Limerick primary school have called on the Government to stop putting obstacles in their way and grant them immediate access to a State redress scheme.

The men, who were abused by a teacher at Creagh Lane National School in the city more than 50 years ago, have accused the Government of hiding behind "spin" and "words".

They say hopes that were raised in July, when a judge issued a decision in their favour, have now been dashed again by Government inaction. 

Last July, in a long awaited judgment, Judge Iarfhlaith O'Neill concluded that the State had misinterpreted a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that the terms of a redress scheme established to comply with the ruling were "unfair" to victims of child sexual abuse, and that they were being denied access to redress as a result.

The judge ruled that the conditions laid down by the State for access to the scheme represented "an inherent inversion of logic", because of their insistence that survivors of sex abuse in primary schools needed to prove that there was a complaint made to authorities about their abuser before their abuse took place.

The judge's decision had implications for up to 350 survivors of historic sexual abuse.

Accepting the judge's ruling in July, both the Taoiseach and the Minister for Education acknowledged that the scheme "did not work". In the Dáil, the Taoiseach apologised and the Minister for Education promised "action not words".

But then Joe McHugh established another review, this time involving officials in his department and the Attorney General.

Last month, the minister told the Dáil that he fully understood and appreciated the urgency involved, and that he expected draft proposals from his officials "in the coming weeks".

But a spokesperson from the Department of Education has told RTÉ News that that has not happened.

The minister has not yet received any proposals.

The department is now declining to put any timeframe on completion of this second review.

In a statement, it said that "there are complex legal issues to be worked through", that "work continues on that front" and that it will not put a timeframe on a piece of legal work that is complex. 

This will come as a further disappointment to the up to 350 survivors who would potentially hope to access the redress scheme. 

The scheme makes awards of up to €84,000. 

Speaking to RTÉ News, a number of the Creagh Lane survivors accused the Government of "kicking the can down the road".

"When Iarfhlaith O'Neill made his decision last July", said Tom Hogan. "We nearly congratulated ourselves. We thought this was it."

"Now we really don't know how to get to the end of it all, how to get closure". 

John Boland, who is another Creagh Lane survivor, told RTÉ News that the issue had taken over their lives.

"Each and every one of us is now 60, or 61", he said. "This has to stop, they have to put an end to this."