The Government is to "press" the HSE and the gardaí to publish the 'Brandon' report into sexual abuse in a care home in Co Donegal, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil.

The report examines abuse perpetrated on intellectually disabled adults at care facilities run by the HSE over eight years and lists 108 instances up to 2011.

Mr Varadkar said he was "shocked and appalled" by the reports regarding the abuse and said it was hard to understand how the abuse happened with the knowledge of some management.

He added the report reviewed the governance arrangements.

He was responding to Independent TD Thomas Pringle who called on the Government to push for the report to be published following "catastrophic failures" by the HSE, gardaí and HIQUA.