| 17.4°C Dublin

McDonald says Mairia's rapist abused others

Close

Abuse survivor Mairia Cahill arrives at Stormont, Belfast for a meeting with First Minister Peter Robinson over allegations that she was interrogated by the IRA after she claimed she was abused by a member of the terror group. Photo: PA

Abuse survivor Mairia Cahill arrives at Stormont, Belfast for a meeting with First Minister Peter Robinson over allegations that she was interrogated by the IRA after she claimed she was abused by a member of the terror group. Photo: PA

Abuse survivor Mairia Cahill arrives at Stormont, Belfast for a meeting with First Minister Peter Robinson over allegations that she was interrogated by the IRA after she claimed she was abused by a member of the terror group. Photo: PA

Two women who say they were sexually abused by an alleged IRA member withdrew their statements because of the way the authorities in Northern Ireland dealt with the case.

The Belfast women alleged they were abused over a three-year period in the late 1990s, when they were just teenagers.

They claim the case was delayed because prosecutors gave precedence to a separate court case, involving allegations made by Mairia Cahill.

But their abuse allegations are also believed to be have been investigated by the IRA.

Sinn Fein vice-president Mary Lou McDonald has acknowledged Ms Cahill's alleged rapist also abused other victims.

"I have from the very, very beginning accepted Mairia Cahill's story and testimony about the awful trauma of her sexual abuse. I know that in the case of the person she alleges carried out this abuse, that there were other victims. I also know that these matters were investigated, they came to court," she said.

The two women in Belfast say they had been "utterly let down by the criminal justice system".

The women, who have retained their right to anonymity, released a statement through their solicitor, outlining the background to their case and the delays they faced in bringing the matter to court.

The two women said they first reported the alleged abuse to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) in January 2010.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said sex abusers moved by IRA have not gone before courts and are not on the sex abusers register.

Mr Kenny has challenged Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams to come forward with information on the whereabouts of sex abusers.

The Taoiseach said Mr Adams should be the first to approach the authorities and tell them where the IRA moved sex abusers.

Daily Digest Newsletter

Get ahead of the day with the morning headlines at 7.30am and Fionnán Sheahan's exclusive take on the day's news every afternoon, with our free daily newsletter.

This field is required

He said parents deserve to have their concerns put at ease.


Most Watched





Privacy