Mick Finnegan was about 14 when he was abused by a senior figure in St John Ambulance. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Survivors have welcomed an independent review into the handling of historical child sex abuse cases in St John Ambulance, which they hope will bring “(...)

John McClean (76)  arriving at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in February. Photograph: Laura Hutton

A further 20 men who claim they were abused by former Terenure College teacher and rugby coach John McClean have sought to take civil cases over the p(...)

Former rugby coach John McClean  leaves  court. Photograph: Collins Courts

In changing rooms, his private office, and empty classrooms, former Terenure College teacher and rugby coach John McClean for decades abused his posit(...)

Six men are currently taking legal cases against Scouting Ireland over alleged historical child abuse

Six men are currently taking legal cases against Scouting Ireland over alleged historical child abuse by convicted abuser David O’Brien, who previousl(...)

A spokeswoman for Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said the decision on holding an inquiry was still under discussion

A senior civil servant cautioned against the Government holding a statutory investigation into child sexual abuse in legacy scouting organisations in (...)

The man said the first incident of alleged sexual assault took place in a tent at the Scouting Ireland national scout centre at Larch Hill, Tibradden, south Co Dublin, when he was a 12-year-old scout. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A man who claimed he was sexually assaulted by two Christian Brothers teachers and a scout leader, when he was a schoolboy in the 1970s, has settled h(...)

Solicitor Daniel O’Connell says that all bar two of his scouting abuse clients were male, and most were aged between 45 and 60 years of age.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Accounts from 30 victims who allege they were molested as children by scout leaders paint a “graphic” picture of abuse, according to a lawyer represen(...)

A report in June concluded there was a ‘deeply rooted dysfunction’ at the top of the organisation, due to a lack of transparency, and a culture of ‘blind loyalty’ to certain senior figures.

Children were sexually abused by scout leaders on hikes in the woods, in tents on camping trips, and in local dens, according to statements from 30 al(...)