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The youth organisation, which faced a major historical child sexual abuse scandal in recent years, has had three different safeguarding managers since 2018.

Scouting Ireland is seeking to hire its fourth safeguarding manager in as many years, with the current manager leaving the position after less than tw(...)

In the News is presented by reporters Sorcha Pollak and Conor Pope.

In early 2018 things started to unravel for Ireland’s scouting movement. For decades it had stood as a paragon of honour and wholesome positivity but (...)

The historical abuse controversy relates to CBSI. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

An organised “clique” of child abusers operated at high levels in the Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland (CBSI), sharing knowledge with each other and in (...)

Jill Pitcher Farrell, a 23-year-old rover scout and adult volunteer, became the first woman to be elected chief scout, the voluntary head of the youth organisation. Photograph: Alan Place

After more than three years of controversy and scandal, Scouting Ireland has sought to put a new face forward to the public, with members electing the(...)

Former chief scout Christy McCann was expelled from Scouting Ireland after an investigation concluded he and three other senior officers had acted inappropriately in the handling of a rape allegation, concerning two adult volunteers

The former chief scout of Scouting Ireland is taking a legal case against the youth organisation, which expelled him from its membership earlier this (...)

The man, who is now in his 70s, was arrested on Saturday morning by investigating gardaí. He was released without charge on Sunday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A former scout leader has been arrested in relation to alleged child sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s, with a file to be sent to the Director of Pu(...)

‘Who the membership choose to represent them as chief scout and on their board may be more telling about how far the organisation has come.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

More than three years ago, the then board of Scouting Ireland gathered at its head office in Larch Hill, south Co Dublin, to pore over a stark report (...)

Alan Farrell: said he hoped the decision to expel the former volunteers would allow Scouting Ireland to ‘draw a line in the sand’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Scouting Ireland cannot afford to allow any “backsliding” to poor child protection practices which mired the organisation in controversy in recent ye(...)

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(...)

 Chief scout Christy McCann did not rule out seeking to contest a further election, given he stepped aside from the role shortly after he was re-elected in  2018. Photograph: Scouting Ireland Facebook page

A number of senior Scouting Ireland figures have called for the suspension of chief scout Christy McCann to be lifted “immediately”, in a renewed bout(...)

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