Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

Governance and Child Safeguarding Issues in Scouting Ireland: Tusla and Scouting Ireland

10:00 am

Mr. Pat Smyth:

It is fair to reiterate that the letter went to the CEO of Scouting Ireland. In the normal course of business, it is understood and it would be expected that when a letter goes to the CEO the correspondence back to Tusla would be from the organisation. That is not the space we wanted the letter to be in and there are definitely challenges to us in doing our business. Ultimately, we know that every document we have is subject to the Freedom of Information Act and will be out there at some stage.

As to the immediate actions and the need to get something moved on, the expectation always is that we can do that with the organisation. With any organisation we are writing to, we always want to be in a space where the actions are back to us and it is not the case, as occurred here, that the body writes to the Minister and puts the matter into a completely different space.