Friday 13 December 2019

Gardai investigate claims sex abusers moved south by Republicans

Acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan
Acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan

Emma Jane Hade

THE Gardai are investigating claims that Republican sex abusers were moved across the border from the North to the South.

Interim Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan said that these claims are being taken “extremely seriously” and that they are investigating the allegations.

“We are working with a number of people at the moment, identifying and assessing what the situation is and we will continue to do that,” Ms O’Sullivan told the Independent.ie.

“It is a matter that we would take very seriously on any reports that we get in relation to people who may pose a threat to children being in our jurisdiction.”

She was speaking this morning in Dublin at the launch of the Rape Crisis Network’s annual report for 2013.

Her comments come ahead of the Dail debate this afternoon, which will discuss allegations of sexual abuse by members of the republican movement.

Rape victim Mairia Cahill yesterday met with Tanaiste Joan Burton and other members of the Labour Parliamentary Party.

Ms Cahill said that she has gathered information which indicate that the number of IRA sex abusers who have been moved across the border is much higher than previously thought, and that it now may have reached  “double figures”.

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