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Chief Scout to step aside over handling of rape allegation

Chief Scout of Scouting Ireland Christy McCann is to step aside pending the completion of an independent investigation into the organisation's handling of an allegation of rape.

The case involved an alleged assault on an adult volunteer by another adult volunteer.

Gardaí investigated the alleged assault but did not press any charges. The man was reinstated in the scouts and later promoted.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone wrote to Scouting Ireland on Friday to advise it that she would be withholding funding from the organisation.

In the Dáil this afternoon, she confirmed that Mr McCann would step aside as she answered questions from Fianna Fáil TD Anne Rabbitte and Labour TD Seán Sherlock about what processes are in place for funding to be reinstated.

Minister Zappone said that she decided to withhold any further draw-down of fun ding to Scouting Ireland until such time as "I can be satisfied that the organisation's governance standards are up to the required level".

"As of now, I am not satisfied. And I have a responsibility to children and I have a responsibility for the use of public monies," she added.

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"I have been informed that the chief scout will be stepping aside from this evening, pending the completion of the independent investigation and the treasurer will serve as acting chair of the board in his absence."

Ms Zappone also said that: "Since the news broke, I've received other confidential correspondence from individuals in Scouting Ireland about additional matters of grave and serious concern.

"I will raise these issues wi th Scouting Ireland as part of the process."

This evening, Ms Zappone said work needed to be done for Scouting Ireland to provide her with the proper assurances that it has very good governance, as well as implementing high standards of child protection policies.

She said there were a lot of governance issues and the case that had been reported in the media indicated some of them. She also said that Scouting Ireland was funded up to the end of June.

Scouting Ireland commissioned safeguarding expert Ian Elliot to carry out a review into the case at the centre of this controversy.

Mr Elliot reported to the board of the organisation earlier this year. Scouting Ireland has also appointed a barrister to conduct an investigation into the handling of the case.


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Two dead after plane crash in Co Antrim

Two dead after plane crash in Co Antrim

Emergency services at the scene , after a light aircraft fire at Nutts Corner, County Antrim / Credit: Pacemaker
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Two people have died after a light aircra ft crashed in Co Antrim, police said.

Paramedics, firefighters and an air ambulance helicopter attended the site near Nutts Corner after the Cessna plane caught fire.

The incident happened close to a wooded area shortly after noon on Thursday, two or three miles from Belfast International Airport. A spokeswoman said the aircraft was not operating to or from there.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) put its major incident protocols into action but the incident was stood down at 12:49.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch sent a team to Crumlin.

The plane ended up sitting in a grassy area in the middle of a wood. Part of it was covered by what appeared to be a blue tarpaulin.

Nearby roads were closed.

The NIAS spokeswoman added: "The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a call at 12:23 this afternoon following reports that a light aircraft had come down near Nutts Corner."

She added: &quo t;NIAS implemented its major incident protocols in response to this incident and one rapid response paramedic, three emergency ambulance crews and four officers were dispatched to the incident.

"The charity air ambulance was also tasked."

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) statement said: "Police can confirm that two people have died following a light aircraft crash near Nutts Corner, Crumlin, this afternoon, Thursday, 19 April."

The flight was not connected to either of the two Belfast airports or an airfield in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, spokesmen confirmed.

Newtownards airport, where the Ulster Flying Club is based, said it would make no comment.

A witness told BBC NI he tried to help.

"It was not a nice sight, my thoughts are with the families of the two guys."

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Head of Scouting Ireland to step aside over handling of rape allegation

Head of Scouting Ireland to step aside over handling of rape allegation

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
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THE head of Scouting Ireland is to step aside pending the completion of an independent investigation into the organisation's handling of an allegation of rape.

Chie f Scout Christy McCann is to step aside from this evening, Children's Minister Katherine Zappone told the Dáil today.

Concerns have been raised about Scouting Ireland's handling of a complaint of rape in 2016 against one of its officials. A female scout leader had claimed she was raped seven years previously.

The alleged male offender was suspended during the investigation and was reinstated last year after the Director of Public Prosecutions decided not to proceed with the case.

In a report into the handling of the allegation, child safeguarding expert Ian Elliot said Mr McCann held a meeting in January 2017 with the leader accused of rape while that person was under suspension.

Mr Elliot said this showed a blatant disregard for safeguarding policies.

State funding of nearly €1m a year is to be withheld until concerns surrounding governance issues are resolved.

Ms Zappone is to meet with Scouting Ireland this evening.

"As of now, I am not satisfied. And I have a responsibility to children and I have a responsibility for the use of public monies," she told the Dáil.

"I have been informed that the chief scout will be stepping aside from this evening, pending the completion of the independent investigation and the treasurer will serve as acting chair of the board in his absence," the minister said.

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