Minister Zappone visit to Scouting Ireland Tymon Park

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Funding for Scouting Ireland restored for three months. Minister Zappone welcomes commitment to implement independent review.
Pic shows ( l to r ) Mary McGuigan, Scout Leader, Nadine Lopez, The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone and Darragh Lopez at 168th St Aengus Scout Den, Tallaght.
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, has confirmed that she will restore funding to Scouting Ireland for three months after receiving commitments to implement recommendations of an Independent Review. Following publicity surrounding an incident of alleged assault and of concerns raised about how the matter was handled by Scouting Ireland, in April of this year Minister Zappone decided to withhold all further funding to Scouting Ireland until such time as she could be satisfied that the organisations governance standards meet the required level.
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Minister Zappone visit to Scouting Ireland Tymon Park

“I would like to acknowledge the significant progress achieved by Scouting Ireland to date in the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Report, particularly with regard to those recommendations relating to safeguarding issues.

In view of the Board’s commitment to the full implementation of the outstanding recommendations, I have decided to restore funding to Scouting Ireland for a further three month period and fund the organisation up until the end of September 2018.  


On receipt of a further progress report in September 2018 I will be in a position to consider if Scouting Ireland has achieved the strong governance standards required of organisations in receipt of public funding, which would allow for the full restoration of funding to Scouting Ireland.


I appreciate the valuable work which Scouting Ireland carries out with thousands of young people and I hope that the necessary changes are made which will strengthen the organisation for those young people, the volunteers and the staff.”


The ‘Review of Scouting Ireland’ will be made available on the Department’s website at 
https://www.dcya.gov.ie