Minister for Children Katherine Zappone says she hopes that a proposed new study on sexual violence in Ireland will move forward.
The SAVI report, estimated to cost €1m, was last carried out in 2002.
It comes at a time of international headlines about the issues of sexual violence and harassment.
Harvey Weinstein is still in the spotlight after Annabella Sciorra - who starred in US TV show The Sopranos - became the latest woman to accuse him of rape.
Minister Zappone says we are at a watershed moment, and a proposal for the study on sexual violence in Ireland is being prepared.
"My understanding is that some of the civil society organisations, including the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, are working with other of their colleagues, putting together a proposal that will be given to the Department of Justice and Equality within the next short period of time," she said.
"Then we will examine that and hopefully move forward."