Sunday 25 September 2016

Mairia Cahill hasn't gone away, Mr Adams

Published 26/05/2015 | 02:30

Mairia Cahill holding a report by Sir Keir Starmer who carried out an independent review into how allegations against an alleged IRA member of abusing Ms Cahill and two other women as children, were dealt with by the prosecution at the Public Prosecution Service offices in Belfast (David Young/PA Wire)
Mairia Cahill holding a report by Sir Keir Starmer who carried out an independent review into how allegations against an alleged IRA member of abusing Ms Cahill and two other women as children, were dealt with by the prosecution at the Public Prosecution Service offices in Belfast (David Young/PA Wire)

To borrow Gerry Adams's own phraseology of almost a decade ago: Mairia Cahill hasn't gone away, you know. Ms Cahill has challenged the Sinn Féin leader to a public debate on the implications of the Stamer Report on how her case and that of two other sex abuse victims was mishandled by the North's prosecution service.

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Once again, the Sinn Féin leader is keen to brush aside the case and other related incidents.

And yet again, Mr Adams is playing with terminology, switching from "Sinn Féin" to "IRA" when it suits.

Ms Cahill has been entirely consistent in her recounting of events since she went public with her case last October. Last Thursday, the North's DPP formally apologised to her for the way prosecutors handled her case.

Ms Cahill also believes that leading lights in the republican movement, including Mr Adams, did not treat her case fairly or correctly.

The plain fact is that Mr Adams has not given a consistent account of his party members' involvement in this and other cases involving sexual abuse.

We await his positive response to Ms Cahill's invitation.

Irish Independent

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