459. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount of funding that will be provided for the second sexual abuse and violence in Ireland study; the communications he has had with other Departments from which funding for this study would be divided; the timeline for the completion of the study; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24400/18]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Cabinet Committee on Social Policy and Public Service Reform agreed to establish a Scoping Group to consider the availability of data and make recommendations on a study to identify the prevalence of sexual abuse and violence in Ireland today and emerging trends. The terms of reference for the group are published on my Department's website. The Group met for the final time on April 9th and have completed their Report and submitted it to my Department for consideration. A number of technical issues are being considered by my Department prior to the report being considered by Government. Once the report has been examined and subsequently considered by Government it will be possible to be more specific about its recommendations and the issues raised by the Deputy. Significant progress has been made and I expect to bring proposals to Government in relation to this matter shortly.