Dr John Lawlor, chief executive of  Scouting Ireland has said attending the Joint Committee on Children & Youth Affairs meeting last year. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The chief executive of Scouting Ireland has announced he is to step down, ahead of the organisation’s annual general meeting (AGM) this week. Dr Joh(...)

Ian Elliott, Scouting Ireland’s interim safeguarding manager, wrote to Katherine Zappone’s department. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Scouting Ireland criticised the State child and family agency Tusla as “totally incompetent and unprofessional” in private correspondence to Minister (...)

Scouting Ireland board member and Labour Party councillor Dermot Lacey. Photograph: Labour Party

The State child and family agency has been criticised as “arrogant” and lacking in credibility, by a member of Scouting Ireland’s board, heightening t(...)

Scouting Ireland has hired a senior garda with experience investigating sex crimes to head up the youth organisation’s safeguarding office. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Scouting Ireland has hired a senior garda with experience investigating sex crimes to head up the youth organisation’s safeguarding office. Det Supt(...)

We have let Irish children down in the past, inexcusably and with unthinkable consequences, and we quite rightly want to make sure that never happens again.

When it comes to child safety, you can’t be too careful. That’s one of those self-evidently true, sensible, rational statements, that starts to fall a(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Parents of children due to go on a scouting trip to Wicklow last weekend were disappointed and angry after it was cancelled at short notice, following(...)

John Butler, manager of the Portlick Scout Campsite near Athlone, preparing for more than 400 campers over the weekend. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

On Friday night, the first of more than 400 scouts were starting to pitch their tents for a large camping weekend in Portlick, outside of Athlone, Co (...)

Because of the concerns raised by the State’s child and family agency Tusla about the supervision and safety practices operated by Scouting Ireland, immediately action should be taken by that organisation to implement the recommended changes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Public trust is an indispensable requirement for the successful operation of any voluntary organisation, particularly when the safety and wellbeing of(...)

Mr Rabbitte said Ms Zappone had made it clear that she expected the recommendations of Tusla to be implemented by Scouting Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The new chairman of Tusla, Pat Rabbitte, has defended the State child and family agency against criticism of the handling of the Scouting Ireland cont(...)

Ian Elliott, interim safeguarding manager with Scouting Ireland, wrote to the Minister earlier this week seeking withdrawal of a letter from Tusla criticising the youth organisation

Scouting Ireland’s interim safeguarding manager Ian Elliott wrote to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone earlier this week seeking to have a lette(...)

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