Sunday 28 May 2017

One of Adams's lieutenants to face 'kangaroo court' charges

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Niall O'Connor, Paul Williams and Kevin Doyle

One of Gerry Adams's key lieutenants is facing charges over his alleged role in the establishment of the Sinn Féin/IRA 'Kangaroo Court' system, the Irish Independent can reveal.

Gardaí believe a close associate of Mr Adams has "perverted the course of justice" after he sanctioned an internal IRA investigation into the alleged rape of two individuals.

One of the men, Louth father Paudie McGahon, last night told this newspaper that Sinn Féin and the IRA are guilty of crimes such as rape and murder.

Mr Adams is already embroiled in the most serious crisis of his political career after he named four individuals, including three serving Sinn Féin politicians, as having information about the brutal murder of prison officer Brian Stack.

Two of the men were named by Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell in the Dáil. They are Dublin North West TD Dessie Ellis and Kerry deputy Martin Ferris.

Brian Stack's son Austin yesterday dramatically confronted Mr Adams at a press conference in Dublin, demanding he come clean on the 1983 murder.

Victim Paudie McGahon. Photo: Frank McGrath
Victim Paudie McGahon. Photo: Frank McGrath

Significantly, Mr Stack asked Mr Adams to name the senior IRA figure who met members of the Stack family close to the Border in August 2013.

During the meeting it was admitted that the IRA was responsible for the murder.

Mr Adams yesterday refused to name the IRA man he contacted. The Louth TD cited the Peace Process as one of the reasons behind his decision not to name the individual, who is key to the live Garda investigation into the Stack murder.

But it can now be revealed that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is considering charges against a senior figure in relation to the staging of an internal probe into the rape against two men in 2002.

One of the victims, father and Louth man Mr McGahon, last night spoke for the first time since his allegations were first brought into the public domain.

"Gerry Adams has faced accusations this week in relation to a murder. He is also leader of a party that is facing questions in relation to cases of rape and paedophilia," Mr McGahon told the Irish Independent.

In 2012, Mr McGahon revealed in the Irish Independent and on BBC's 'Spotlight' programme that he was raped by an IRA man before being subjected to an IRA 'kangaroo court'.

He is the second victim of IRA sex abuse to go public. Mairia Cahill was the first.

Mr McGahon will detail his response in an interview to be aired with 'Newstalk Breakfast' today.

The young father expressed his full support for Austin Stack and the Stack family.

"I think he [Mr Stack] is an incredible witness. He has the neck to do it and fair play to him. I applaud the man," Mr McGahon said.

On his experience of the kangaroo court, Mr McGahon stated: "It was like walking into a Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, there was that many of them around, scattered all around the house, on the stairs, downstairs, upstairs, at the front door, in the room itself."

He revealed that the adjudicator of the kangaroo court "shook hands with us before we left".

The man, according to Mr McGahon, added: "Lads that's dealt with, we already interviewed your perpetrator and he's of no trouble to you anymore... By the way, you have no need to contact the gardaí. Trust us, we have dealt with it."

Mr McGahon said during the interview: "Sinn Féin and the IRA are one, they are a cult... They have no respect for the general public."

On watching Mr Adams's statement to the Dáil: "Only for I love the TV that I have in my sitting room, I would have kicked the TV in.

Irish Independent

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