The Cabinet has approved proposals to establish a commission of investigation into the response to allegations of child sexual abuse made against Bill Kenneally.

The former basketball coach from Waterford is currently standing trial in relation to charges for alleged sexual and indecent assault of three boys in the 1980s.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan proposed the commission to investigate the response to the complaints.

The commission will be chaired by retired Circuit Court Judge Barry Hickson.

Both the Dáil and the Seanad will be asked to pass resolutions to enable the formal establishment of the commission.

The terms of reference for the commission will be published in the coming days.

It is anticipated that the commission will take up to one year to report once it is established.