Tuesday 20 August 2019

Alleged rapist of Paudie McGahon arrested by Spanish police

Paudie McGahon from Ardee, said that his life is “up and down” since going public about
suffering abuse Photo: Frank McGrath
Paudie McGahon from Ardee, said that his life is “up and down” since going public about suffering abuse Photo: Frank McGrath
Paul Williams

Paul Williams

The alleged rapist of Louth man Paudie McGahon has been arrested by Spanish police on the back of an international arrest warrant, the Irish Independent can reveal.

The IRA figure, whose family are known to Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, was detained by detectives in Spain last Wednesday.

Sources confirmed that the suspected abuser was remanded in custody and has been refused bail. It is understood he will now be subjected to extradition proceedings.

The decision to arrest the individual, who fled the country over two years ago, was taken following a request from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The move represents a major breakthrough in the Garda investigation into IRA sex abuse and the operation of kangaroo courts.

It comes as the Irish Independent revealed yesterday that a separate individual, who holds an influential position within Sinn Féin, is also facing charges of "perverting the course of justice" after he allegedly organised a kangaroo court to investigate the abuse allegations made by Mr McGahon and another man.

The revelations have plunged Sinn Féin into its most serious crisis in years and heaped further pressure on Mr Adams.

It is understood the alleged rapist, who is suspected of child abuse, will now be subjected to extradition proceedings. He was moved to various safe houses by the republican movement and is also suspected of raping a 12-year-old boy in Dublin.

He comes from a well-connected Belfast family, likened by sources to "republican royalty".

The man's brother is a convicted bomber, while another brother is a prominent Sinn Féin activist.

He is one of four people named in an internal and secret Sinn Féin document which suggests that there could be up to 100 IRA abusers and which lists details about a Sinn Féin 'inquiry' into a litany of cases involving sexual and physical abuse.

Mr McGahon and another man were allegedly raped in his own bedroom in Louth in 1992. Ten years later and at the same location, they were subjected to a kangaroo court style interrogation.

One senior IRA figure who conducted the probe is alleged to have told Mr McGahon, a father of three, not to go to the gardaí.

Speaking on 'Newstalk Breakfast' yesterday, Mr McGahon said his life is "up and down" since he went public.

He continues to suffer vile abuse at the hands of Sinn Féin figures.

"It's hard. It's not easy. I had some tough times over the last 18 months. I shed enough tears. But as I said I grew a bigger backbone than I had," Mr McGahon said.

"I have people that I know are members of Sinn Féin and they're 100pc behind me. But you have the vile ones who will hurl abuse at you."

Irish Independent

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