FRESH allegations of abuse within scouting circles in Cork have been made in recent weeks with at least two new victims coming forward to report historical abuse.
The reports have been made as Scouting Ireland continues to deal with the fallout of revelations at the end of last year that hundreds of people were abused in scouting circles, particularly between the 1960s and the 1990s.
One man was arrested and questioned in Cork late last year on foot of a complaint received from one former scout member. He was released without charge.
A file has been sent to Tusla in relation to allegations of abuse against another Cork man, by a different person.
Last month, Scouting Ireland revealed the organisation knows “of 212 known and alleged perpetrators and of 317 alleged victims, over the last 70 years”.
However, this figure is believed to have increased in recent weeks.
Now, the head of Scouting Ireland has resigned from her role as chairwoman because “I have taken on a professional role in a public agency”.
She added: “I would like to be very clear that the only reason why I cannot continue on in my current role is that there may be a perception of a conflict between my role as a Director of SI and my professional position. It is, therefore, prudent judgment that I remove myself from one position.”
Referring to the abuse controversy in a statement published on Scouting Ireland’s website, she said: “I fully believe that Scouting Ireland will emerge from this tragic chapter of historic revelations as a stronger and better organisation. Every Scout knows that we are resilient, resourceful people who are committed to doing our best in every situation.”