Monday 19 March 2018

Adams in new attack on Mairia

Sex-abuse victim furious over latest comment by Sinn Fein president

HISTORIC HANDSHAKE: Prince Charles shakes hands with Gerry Adams at the NUI Galway
HISTORIC HANDSHAKE: Prince Charles shakes hands with Gerry Adams at the NUI Galway
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

IRA sex-abuse victim Mairia Cahill has reacted furiously to claims made by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams that she was abused by her uncle.

Ms Cahill said her abuser Martin Morris was not a blood relation, but an uncle through marriage, and Mr Adams comments could now result in defamation cases from 12 uncles.

"Gerry Adams has sought once again to attack my credibility and using my sex abuse to do so, and that is despicable," Ms Cahill told the Sunday Independent.

"One day after the release of a report by a world-renowned human rights lawyer and endorsed by the Director of Public Prosecutions in the North, which clearly stated that I was a reliable and credible witness, while Gerry Adam says he accepts the findings he has once again tried to muddy the waters by attacking my credibility.

"His claim on the national broadcaster that I was attacked by one of my uncles leaves him wide to open to legal actions from any of my relations who feel they could be wrongly identified as a result," she said.

During a radio interview, Mr Adams mentioned several times that Ms Cahill was abused by her uncle.

Later, when asked by the Sunday Independent if he would like to offer an apology to Ms Cahill for the hurt he has caused her, Mr Adams raised questions over why this newspaper had not published the fact she was abused by her uncle.

"I have huge sympathy for victims of abuse. Incidentally, the man who abused her was her uncle, that doesn't make it any easier but I have yet to read that in your newspaper," Mr Adams said.

Pushed several times on what he meant by this, Mr Adams replied: "Because it is a fact most abuse happens in families. It is a fact that this is not unique to any one community. It affects all classes and all sectors of society. I have huge sympathy for victims of abuse."

Medanwhile, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams engineered his "historic" handshake with Britain's Prince Charles after he personally requested to meet the visiting royal, the Sunday Independent can reveal.

Just days before the visit of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Mr Adams contacted the British Embassy to request an opportunity to engage with the first in line to the throne. British authorities then consulted with Clarence House (the prince's office) and the Department of An Taoisea ch as to whether the request should be granted.

The Taoiseach's officials were said to be "extremely supportive" of the idea. British Embassy officials then decided that the civic reception at NUI Galway would be the best place for the two men to meet. A "last-minute" invitation to Adams was then extended by NUI Galway at the behest of the British Embassy last Sunday.

Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, said that the request to invite Mr Adams came late. He told the Sunday Independent: "It came very late." Separately, a number of sources at the college said there was considerable annoyance that an invite was issued to the Sinn Fein leader at such a late stage.

After the handshake, the Prince held private meetings with Mr Adams and Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin.

Sunday Independent

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