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Tuesday 25 September 2018

Funding to be restored after Scouts make review pledge

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone visits the 168th St Aengus Scout Den, Tallaght, Dublin. Photo: Maxwells
Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone visits the 168th St Aengus Scout Den, Tallaght, Dublin. Photo: Maxwells
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

State funding for Scouting Ireland has been temporarily restored after the organisation pledged to act on recommendations following a review ordered by Children's Minister Katherine Zappone.

There has been controversy over Scouting Ireland's handling of an allegation of rape by a female scout leader against one of its officials.

A man was suspended but was reinstated after the DPP decided not to proceed with the case.

Ms Zappone appointed former senator Jillian Van Turnhout to conduct a review.

The minister welcomed the decision of the Scouting Ireland board to resign at the end of October in support of the plan to bring in new governance.

Funding of around €220,000 will be released to the group for the next three months and will be reassessed in September.

Irish Independent

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