Senior representatives from both the child protection agency Tusla and Scouting Ireland have been invited to go before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Children this month.

The TDs and Senators have specified that they want to hear first from Tusla on Wednesday week, and then from Scouting Ireland. 

The invitation follows the profound criticism by Tusla of Scouting Ireland's current oversight of its 50,000 mostly juvenile membership.

Despite the critique, Scouting Ireland has pressed ahead with overnight camps scheduled for this weekend.

In a message to its membership tonight, the Board of Scouting Ireland said this had been a week in which what it termed "several important issues arose". 

The Board said it was "...continuing to work with all our stakeholders to address the concerns raised. Our job is to build on the work done and ensure that Scouting is safe and confidence is assured".  

The Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone, has made it clear that State funding to Scouting Ireland could be suspended by April if its management fails to adequately respond to the Tusla concerns.