A full inquiry has been ordered into allegations of clerical child abuse at the Diocese of Cloyne in Cork.
The Cabinet has decided to refer the matter to the commission investigating complaints of abuse at the Dublin Archdiocese.
The Minister for Children announced the decision this afternoon at the publication of a nationwide audit into the Catholic Church's adherence to child protection measures.
The HSE report does not recommend that any diocese in the country is referred to the Dublin Commission, but Minister Barry Andrews said the Government believed further investigation of Cloyne is necessary:
"I believe there is evidence that points to the fact that Bishop Magee, as the responsible person, did not faithfully report actual compliance with child protection procedures and the manner in which clerical sexual abuse allegations have been dealt with," the minister said. "Accordingly, the Government has taken the decision to notify the Cloyne Diocese to the Commission Investigation into the Dublin Archdiocese to carry out an investigation as regards to Cloyne."