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Abuse survivor Mairia Cahill leaving Government Buildings, Dublin, following a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Abuse survivor Mairia Cahill leaving Government Buildings, Dublin, following a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams

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Abuse survivor Mairia Cahill leaving Government Buildings, Dublin, following a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny

TWO women who claim they were sexually assaulted by an alleged member of the IRA are "eager" to take part in an independent review of Mairia Cahill's case.

The women, who wish to remain anonymous, withdrew criminal proceedings against their alleged abuser because another case involving the man's alleged membership of the IRA was taking precedence over their case.

Belfast solicitor Kieron Mulholland said: "Our clients would be willing, subject to understanding the terms of reference of this review and how it would work, would be eager to take part in the matter to ensure that their version of events could be aired."

Mr Mulholland told RTE's 'News at One' programme that during the criminal stages of his clients' case, they were never informed of any other case involving their alleged abuser.

He said their case "all emanated as a result of an allegation of sexual abuse and rape against several individuals from west Belfast".

"Therefore, the case that was being proceeded, the case that was initiated by the Public Prosecution Service (PPS), the case that was brought through the magistrates' court and the case that was listed for hearing on several occasions was that of the allegation of sexual abuse, so at those stages there was never any mention of a membership case."

The women, both in their 30s, also said there were "undue delays" in prosecuting their claims because they got caught up in the legal procedures linked to Ms Cahill's allegations.

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