Tuesday 27 September 2016

Beades criticises Labour for 'cynical' use of abuse victim Mairia Cahill

Daniel McConnell Group Political Correspondent

Published 17/10/2015 | 13:03

SUPPORT: Tanaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton and Mairia Cahill
SUPPORT: Tanaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton and Mairia Cahill

INDEPENDENT Senate election candidate Jerry Beades has attacked Joan Burton and the Labour party for what he called their “cynical attempts” to use abuse victim Mairia Cahill for their electoral gain.

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Mr Beades has attacked Labour’s attempt to further damage Sinn Féin by selecting Ms Cahill as their candidate.

Ms Cahill has strongly criticised Sinn Fein and President Gerry Adams over the past year.

Mr Beades, himself a victim of sexual abuse as a 15-year-old schoolboy, has said Labour has sought to "use and abuse" Maria Cahill in this way, purely for political gain.

He said he has “nothing but the deepest sympathy for the girl herself”.

In a statement, Mr Beades’ own campaign will focus on Commercial and Banking matters determined by the law.

He gained the requisite nine nominations from Senators David Norris, Feargal Quinn, Ronan Mullen, Fidelma Healy Eames, Averil Power, Mary Ann O'Brien, Sean Barrett as well as TD's Mattie McGrath and Michael Healy Rae.

Jerry Beades, a long-time activist on home-repossessions and banking issues and former member of the Fianna Fail National Executive, is currently supporting the Right2Homes campaign with a Constitutional Challenge to the 'Eviction Bill', as the Land & Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2013 was referred to by Deputy Mattie McGrath in the Dáil Budget Debate, and has vowed to donate his Seanad salary, if successful, to assist the Right2Homes fund raising efforts.

In response, a Labour Party spokesman said Ms Cahill is an excellent candidate and the party is looking forward to the campaign. “I wouldn’t worry what a former Fianna  Failer would say about her.” 

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