Scouting Ireland to make full apology; Gardaí prepare file on alleged Cork abuser

Scouting Ireland to make full apology; Gardaí prepare file on alleged Cork abuser
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SURIVIVORS of sexual abuse in scouting circles will tomorrow receive an apology from Scouting Ireland.

The apology comes as gardaí in Cork are preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions following the arrest in February of an elderly man, following complaints from more than 20 people.

The complaints relate to a period stretching over 30 years.

In December 2018, Scouting Ireland revealed that it had been made aware of “212 known and alleged perpetrators and of 317 alleged victims, over the last 70 years” in scouting circles across the country.

Tomorrow, the chairman of Scouting Ireland, Adrian Tennant, will make an organisational apology to the survivors and victims of sexual abuse in scouting who were failed.

A spokeswoman for Scouting Ireland said that the body will publish a report by safeguarding expert Ian Elliott, called Historical Sexual Abuse in Scouting: A Learning Review.

When the arrest was made in Cork in February, searches were also carried out at four addresses in Cork and one in Kerry. One of the addresses is a scouting hall while another was a business premises.

The man’s home was also searched.

He was released without charge and a file is currently being prepared for the DPP, who will decide if charges are to be brought.

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