Chief Scout of Scouting Ireland Christy McCann has said he will not chair the upcoming extraordinary general meeting as it is "not the best solution" given the current difficulties in the youth organisation.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, Mr McCann said that he has signed a letter of resignation from the Board of Scouting Ireland and will follow through with it if the board does agree to stand down at its next meeting in October.

He described as "unfortunate" the withdrawal of funding from the organisation.

All funding to Scouting Ireland will be suspended for as long as the current board remains in place, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said yesterday.

In April, Minister Zappone suspended State funding to the organisation over grave concerns about its governance.

It followed an allegation by a female scout leader in 2016 that she had been raped seven years earlier while on a scouting trip when she was 18.

The man whom the allegation was made against was suspended from the Scouts pending an investigation.

The Director of Public Prosecutions decided not to prosecute. However, he was not garda vetted before returning to the Scouts, despite a recommendation by gardaí.

Mr McCann has said he was happy to stand aside and await the outcome of an ongoing review into himself and three other senior volunteers under investigation over the organisation's handling of the rape allegation.

He stepped aside from his role on the board in April pending the findings of an inquiry.

He said it was possible he had mishandled the organisation's response to the allegations and he welcomed the introduction of new governance procedures as "there is no guidelines or rulebook" to deal with this type of matter.

Mr McCann said he is committed to scouting and to leading young people and could continue in his role under a new governance structure where the role is separated from the board's role.

He said until he or the membership decide that he should not be Chief Scout, he would continue in his position.