The rights campaigner for victims of child sexual abuse in primary schools, Louise O'Keeffe, has said the State has failed to honour a commitment to give victims access to a State redress scheme.
Ms O'Keeffe has written to Taoiseach Micheál Martin, reminding him that Leo Varadkar made the commitment to extend access to the ex-gratia scheme in July of last year - but this has not happened.
It's more than six years since Ms O'Keeffe won her case at the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled that the State had an obligation to protect her from the sexual abuse she suffered in primary school.
Since then, she has been fighting for redress for other victims of abuse in primary schools too.
In an apology to victims in the Dáil almost exactly a year ago, the then Taoiseach Leo Varadkar promised immediate action would be taken to include other victims in a redress scheme.
On 9 July, 2019, Leo Varadkar told the Dáil: "The State failed them at the time. It failed them again a second time when it did not own up to its responsibility, and we won't fail them a third time."
Louise O'Keeffe said that promise has been broken and no meaningful action has been taken. "They have done absolutely nothing," she told RTÉ News.
"That has been extremely exasperating and annoying and disappointing, particularly for the people who were sexually abused in our day schools as young, innocent children.
"It is absolutely necessary for the State to own up to its responsibility by re-opening the ex-gratia scheme and including the victims of child abuse in our schools.
"Those who have cases pending and those who were bullied into discontinuing their cases have been let down, left, right and centre. It's past time to sort this out."
Dr Conor O'Mahony, director of the Child Law Clinic at University College Cork, has been working with a number of the victims involved. He says it's time for the Government to follow the State apology with action.
"The redress scheme needs to be re-opened," he said. "The condition that was found to be problematic - the requirement to demonstrate a prior complaint - has been found to be invalid.
"The Government has accepted that finding, so that condition needs to be removed.
"Beyond that, the scheme needs to reopen without that condition so people who are entitled under international human rights law to receive redress for the abuse they experienced at school can receive that redress without further delay and without further trauma caused by that delay."
Ms O'Keeffe has written to Taoiseach Micheál Martin calling for him to honour the commitment made by Leo Varadkar a year ago.
A Government spokeswoman told RTÉ News the Taoiseach is acutely aware of the concerns of victims of child abuse in primary schools.
She said Micheál Martin will be engaging with the Department of Education to progress the issue.