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Eilish O'Hanlon: Sinn Fein stance on abuse speaks volumes

Stop insulting victims of sexual abuse by telling them they do not exist

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 01/12/2013 | 02:30

OURSELVES ALONE: Sinn Fein's finance spokesman Pearse Doherty, with the party's vice-president Mary Lou McDonald and president Gerry Adams outside Leinster House. Photo: Tom Burke
OURSELVES ALONE: Sinn Fein's finance spokesman Pearse Doherty, with the party's vice-president Mary Lou McDonald and president Gerry Adams outside Leinster House. Photo: Tom Burke

FOLLOWING last week's sentencing in the North of Gerry Adams's brother Liam on rape and sexual abuse charges, Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said that he was aware of at least two other instances where "there was an attempt made to deal with other cases of abuse internally in the republican movement".

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After long meetings in Leinster House on Thursday, Sinn Fein's finance spokesman Pearse Doherty came out to a press conference and declared that these allegations were "unfounded and untrue".

Doherty was asked by reporters on a number of occasions if the republican movement had dealt internally with rape allegations involving its own members and repeated again: "It's unfounded and untrue. It's as clear as I can make it."

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