Scouting Ireland has funding temporarily restored

The board of Scouting Ireland will resign in October

Scouting Ireland has funding temporarily restored

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Scouting Ireland is to have its funding restored temporarily after it committed to implementing the recommendations of an independent review.

The inquiry follows controversy surrounding the organisations handling of a rape allegation.

The board of Scouting Ireland will also resign in October to allow for new governance.

Their funding was suspended in April, but Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has reinstated it as of Monday.

In a statement, Scouting Ireland welcomed the decision to restore funding and said it will allow them to continue to function as a national organisation supporting young people throughout Ireland.

The organisation said it is fully committed to implementing the 13 recommendations made in the Jillian van Turnhout report into governance.

Members are to vote on a new governance structure at their EGM later this week.

Scouting Ireland said: "We accept that a new model of corporate governance is needed at a national level to support the future of Scouting in Ireland. The recommendations on the management and governance of Scouting Ireland are being addressed by our ongoing governance project which over a four year period saw an extensive body of work undertaken to develop new governance structures appropriate to an organisation of our size."

Minister Katherine Zappone also welcomed the board’s decision to stand down in October.

“I appreciate their willingness to do that,” she said.

“I think that was an integral aspect of the recommendations; I think that shows a demonstration and a commitment to the overall organisation.”

There are recommendations under the review that cover areas like safeguarding, management and government of the organisation.

The progress Scouting Ireland is making will be reviewed in three months, and a decision on whether to keep funding the organisation will be made then.