A Mayo TD has called for a special helpline to be set up, so that people affected by alleged child sex abuse in Scouting Ireland can come forward confidentially.

Fianna Fail's Deputy Leader Dara Calleary questioned the Minister for Justice on the matter in the Dail today, following revelations yesterday that 108 sexual abuse cases involving 71 alleged abusers mainly from the 1960's to the 1980's were found within Scouting Ireland.

Minister Charlie Flanagan told the Dáil that none of the alleged abusers were still with Scouting Ireland, and he confirmed that Gardai have contacted police forces overseas where alleged abusers may be living.

Deputy Dara Calleary said the revelations opened "a new, insidious and grotesque litany of sexual abuses over many decades in Scouting Ireland", and demanded a special helpline be established to enable those affected to come forward in confidence.

 

 

 

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