Tuesday 22 October 2019

Scouting Ireland votes to replace board

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(Stock photo)
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Scouting Ireland voted to overhaul governance structures and elect a new board last night in the wake of controversy over the alleged mishandling of a rape allegation.

Its board had stepped down earlier in the day.

The move came after the Department of Children suspended Scouting Ireland's funding last month until the board was replaced.

At an Emergency General Meeting (EGM) yesterday in Dublin City University, members of the organisation voted overwhelmingly in favour of the changes.

The withdrawal of State funding threatened the future of the organisation.

Scouting Ireland had already seen €900,000 of State funding withdrawn last April before Children's Minister Katherine Zappone demanded change in September.

Last night, a spokesman for Scouting Ireland said the organisation will now discuss future funding arrangements with the Department.

He said the board will work with management to introduce new governance structures.

"These new structures will ensure Scouting Ireland is an organisation that is fit for purpose and operates to the highest standards of governance," he said.

"A new board was elected at the EGM and it will now work with the CEO and executive team on implementing the new governance structures.

The motions were passed by an overwhelming majority with over 95pc voting in favour of the proposals."

Sunday Independent

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