The Minister for Children says the figures may yet change

An investigation into Scouting Ireland has found evidence of 71 alleged abusers and over 100 victims within the organisation.

Minister Katherine Zappone delivered the news to the Oireachtas Committee for Children and Youth Affairs this morning, after receiving the information late last night.

Most of the cases date from the 1960s to the 1980s, with potentially one from an earlier period.

Minister Zappone said the figures may yet change

"Mr Ian Elliot has been examining the historical records," she said.

"He has found evidence of 71 alleged abusers and 108 alleged victims. This is based on his work to date and the numbers may change.

"Most of the cases were between the 1960s and the 1980s but there may be one from an earlier period."

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