Thursday 16 August 2018

Chief scout steps aside as 'rape' probe continues

Christy McCann stepped down
Christy McCann stepped down
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

The chief scout of Scouting Ireland has stepped aside amid the ongoing controversy over the handling of a rape allegation against another scout leader.

Christy McCann, who was voted back into the position last weekend, has stepped aside while an independent investigation takes place.

Concerns have been raised about Scouting Ireland's handling of a complaint of rape in 2016 against one of its senior officials.

A female scout leader had claimed she was raped seven years previously.

The alleged male offender was suspended during the investigation but was reinstated last year after the DPP decided not to proceed with the case.

State funding of nearly €1m a year is to be withheld until concerns surrounding governance issues are resolved.

In the Dáil yesterday, Ms Katherine Zappone confirmed Mr McCann's decision to step aside. "I have been informed that the chief scout will be stepping aside from this evening, pending the completion of the independent investigation and the treasurer will serve as acting chair of the board in his absence," she said.

Irish Independent

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