Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

Governance Issues in Scouting Ireland: Discussion

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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That is the crux of the conversation with Scouting Ireland. What defines "historical" and "current"? Two different conversations are taking place. "Current" refers to people who are currently in the organisation or who have children, leaders or board members therein. That has been the definition of "current" since 2012, when Scouting Ireland started. It is not historical. I am well aware of the definitions of "current" and "historical".

I will restate the question and would like our guests to answer. We have always played with the number of 332 but that was the historical number, what Scouting Ireland inherited, and they were the organisation's words, not mine. The figure has exploded beyond the figure I received from 332 to 995 files. What proportions of the 660 files are open and closed, respectively? I know what has happened to the 332 files. It is a fair question.