A State agency set up to support survivors of childhood institutional abuse has said that hundreds of survivors will not have access to funding supports after they missed the application deadline.

Caranua, which was set up to manage funds pledged by congregations to improve survivors' lives, said it was winding down in August.

Speaking to the Public Accounts Committee, CEO Rachel Downes said the organisation received 378 applications after the deadline and it said these survivors would not be eligible for funding but would get access to advocacy supports.

She said the organisation had to strike a balance between working with survivors in a compassionate manner and its obligations as a public body.

Ms Downes said Caranua had made over 54,000 support payments amounting to €91 million.

She told the committee that the highest area of provision of funding supports is for home improvements at €65.1m.