The church-run National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church has spent months carrying out a review of all allegations made against priests here in Co Donegal.
The long-awaited report was due to be published by Chief Executive of the NBSCC, Ian Elliott, either this week or at the beginning of September.
But Donegaldaily.com now understands the audit will not be made public until October at the earliest.
It is understood Mr Elliott has contacted the church in Donegal seeking further information on certain matters which has now caused the delay.
However a spokesman for the Board said they could not comment on any aspect of the report until such time as it is published.
When the report is complete it will be forwarded to the Bishop of Raphoe, Dr.Philip Boyce, who will decide when to make it public.
The communications director with the Raphoe Diocese, Fr Paddy Dunne, said he understood it would be “some time” before the report was released to Bishop Boyce.
“There is a lot of speculation. It was supposed to be soon but I understand it could be some time. I do not know when.
“I am not privy to that information. When the Bishop receives the report he will decide when to make it public,” he said.
Raphoe is the sixth of Ireland’s 26 dioceses to have an audit into alleged sex abuse by priests carried out.
The diocese of Raphoe contained some of the country’s most notorious paedophile priests including Fr Eugene Greene.
Fr Greene was jailed for 12 years in 2000 for the rape and sexual assault of 26 boys but was released in 2008.
A total of six priests from the Raphoe Diocese have so far been brought to justice for their crimes.
The board, which was formed in 2006, was tasked with uncovering the full extent of all complaints or allegations, knowledge, suspicions or concerns of child sexual abuse, made to the Raphoe diocese by individuals or by the civil authorities in the period 1 January 1975 to the present day, against Catholic clergy.
Its objective will be ‘to confirm how known allegations have been responded to and what the current arrangements for safeguarding children are’ in the Raphoe diocese.
It is not believed the Raphoe report will feature priests involved in abuse before 1975.
A recent report which claimed there were “hundreds and hundreds” of sex abuse victims who were abused by up to 20 priests in the diocese of Raphoe was dismissed by Bishop Philip Boyce who said it was simply not true.