The Minister for Disabilities Finian McGrath has apologised to the woman at the centre of a report into allegations of abuse at a foster home.
It follows the release of a senior counsel's research into the treatment of 'Grace', who remained in the home in the south-east of the country for more than 20 years, despite the claims that had been made.
Conor Dignam's document recommends a wide ranging commission of investigation be set up.
Minister McGrath is hoping the Cabinet will give that the green light before Christmas, and he had this message for 'Grace'.
He said: "I'd like to use this opportunity to apologise to 'Grace' and her family for the failings identified in the Conor Dignam report and also for the care they received.
"The important thing is that we ensure, we identify and find out the facts of the case, so that is why I am setting up the commission of investigation."