Deputy Charlie McConalogue wants more resources to deal with abuse reports

The opposition are calling on the Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald to outline how the new legislation on reporting child sex abuse allegations will impact on resources.

It comes after the HSE's Head of Child and Family Services, Gordon Jeyes  likened the accountability structures of the HSE to those of the Catholic Church.

Speaking at a lecture at UCD last month, Mr. Jeyes said he found it hard to find practices in the HSE which were "on the side of the public" and "on the side of children"

He also described the  moratorium in the HSE as daft and an obstacle in this process of protecting children.

Last month the Government announced it's to bring in new legislation, making it a criminal offence for any adult not to pass on information of child abuse to the gardaí.

But Fianna Fail's Spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue says more resources will need to be put in place to deal with the possible surge in reports of allegations of child abuse: