Friday 6 December 2019

Adams under fresh pressure over SF/IRA sexual abuse allegations

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Newsdesk Newsdesk

Gerry Adams's claim he does not know the whereabouts of republican sex offenders exiled from the North is "untenable", according to a spokesperson for the Taoiseach.

The Sinn Fein leader came under renewed pressure last night to divulge any information he has about abusers being moved to the Republic by the IRA.

Mr Adams claimed this week that a list of alleged offenders was posted into his letterbox in west Belfast and that these names had been passed on to the gardai.

But a spokesperson for the Taoiseach last night turned the heat on the Louth TD, insisting it is "untenable for a person in the senior republican movement to say he doesn't know" the whereabouts of individuals moved by the IRA.

The comments came as rape victim Mairia Cahill held a meeting with Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald last night about the prospect of a cross-border commission of inquiry into IRA sex abuse.

Mr Kenny said that based on the "best information we have", alleged rapists have been moved to the Republic. People who were in the IRA or who are since associated with the Sinn Fein party have a duty and responsibility to give that information to the authorities."

Meanwhile, the Irish Independent understands Mr Adams yesterday held a meeting in Leinster House with Sinn Fein's child protection officer Joe Reilly.

Mr Reilly, a Meath councillor, handed over to gardai the list of names that was allegedly placed in Mr Adams's letterbox.

Senior government sources last night queried whether Mr Adams would volunteer to gardai CCTV footage recorded on the cameras installed at his home.

Sinn Fein declined to say whether CCTV would be made available.

However, a spokesperson said: "Gerry Adams will cooperate fully with the PSNI and the gardai in any investigations."

The spokesperson said Mr Adams had provided all information he had received to date to gardai and would continue to do so.

Irish Independent

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