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'Incompetence and intent' led to horrific abuse in the Scouts

Report reveals cover-ups and Church links, write Ellen Coyne and Conor Feehan

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Scouting achievement badges (Niall Carson/PA)

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Change: Ian Elliott was recruited to carry out a desktop review, but ended up working with Scouting Ireland on safeguarding structures. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Change: Ian Elliott was recruited to carry out a desktop review, but ended up working with Scouting Ireland on safeguarding structures. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

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Scouting achievement badges (Niall Carson/PA)

It was 1995, and the phone was ringing in the Scouting Ireland headquarters.

At the other end of the phone was a man who started talking about how he had been abused by a scout volunteer over the course of three years from the age of 10.

The man was able to recall at least eight different instances of abuse at the hands of 'Subject A', which had happened more than 20 years before.