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Findings from the ongoing review, including indications that crimes were covered up, were outlined in a briefing note sent to Minister for Children Katherine Zappone. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A review of alleged historic child abuse at Scouting Ireland has indicated that files related to some cases went missing and that some scout leaders a(...)

Labour Party children’s spokesman Seán Sherlock said there was serious doubt cast over the effectiveness of the 2012 audit of Scouting Ireland, given the recent revelations. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

More than 20 individuals alleged to have sexually abused children in Scouting Ireland are believed to be still alive. Several individuals who had com(...)

The organisation said there has been “little interest” in the position of full-time safeguarding manager in a recent statement

Scouting Ireland has delayed recruiting a full-time safeguarding manager to oversee child protection due to funding difficulties following a controver(...)

Ian Elliott:  interim safeguarding manager for Scouting Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A barrister’s report into the actions of four senior Scouting Ireland volunteers in the handling of a rape allegation has faced significant delays. (...)

 Dr John Lawlor, chief executive, Scouting Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Divisions within Scouting Ireland in the wake of a rape controversy continue to grow, with management condemning “abhorrent” attacks on its chief exec(...)


There is growing division in Scouting Ireland between the grassroots and senior management over the handling of the safeguarding controversy, which ha(...)

Irish Olympian John Lawlor, who finished fourth in the Rome games in 1960, has died aged 84. Photograph: Boston University Athletics

The death has taken place of John Lawlor, one of the giants of Irish hammer throwing who finished fourth in the 1960 Olympics in Rome. Aged 84, he als(...)

 Dr John Lawlor, chief executive officer of  Scouting Ireland, said  the youth organisation deals with about 70 safeguarding cases a year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The board of Scouting Ireland has apologised for the “anxiety and hurt” caused by the recent safeguarding failings in the organisation. “We do recogn(...)

Scout camp. Gardaí are investigating a scout leader who allegedly abused a 12-year-old boy on a camping trip more than three years ago. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Scouting Ireland has said it was “unaware” that an active male leader was the subject of a Garda investigation into alleged child sexual abuse. In (...)

Larch Hill in south Co Dublin. The alleged abuse took place during a camping trip here in 2014. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A file has been sent by the Garda Síochana to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) over an alleged case of child sexual abuse during a scout camp(...)

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