John Lawlor

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 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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 Katherine Zappone:  she has  instructed Scouting Ireland to comply with a full review by Tusla into concerns identified

The State child and family agency Tusla is to conduct a full review into how Scouting Ireland supervises children and handles disclosures of abuse aft(...)

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(...)

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