Tuesday January 28, 2020

The Scouts: An organisation at war with itself

Amid disputes, internal politicking and questions over the handing of sexual abuse allegations, the government has suspended state funding for Scouting Ireland

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

22nd April, 2018

Christy McCann was re-elected as Scouting Ireland’s chief scout last Saturday. His second term lasted less than a week. On Thursday, he stepped aside.

McCann had become a lightning rod for national criticism over the organisation’s handling of a litany of sexual abuse allegations, not least the revelation that a man who had allegedly raped a woman on a scout camp had not only been reinstated without being vetted – despite gardai recommending...

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