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Fine Gael TD to provide names of eight men allegedly moved by IRA over sexual abuse to gardai

A FINE Gael politician says she is to hand over the names of eight alleged sex abusers suspected of being moved to the Republic by the IRA.

Meath East TD Regina Doherty today said she was "too afraid" to read the names on the floor of the Dail but will provide the information to her local sergeant on Friday.

The revelation was made during the much-anticipated Dail debate on the abuse suffered by Belfast woman Mairia Cahill at the hands of the IRA.

During a powerful speech, the Fine Gael backbencher read an extract of Mairia Cahill's own statement to the authorities which detailed her abuse at the hands of the IRA.

The statement reads:

"Let me tell you what it's like to be scared. I remember the first time fingers laid on me and what it felt like. My childhood wiped out in a second. I remember the fright, the confusion, being too afraid to open my eyes as the IRA man got a kick out of using me like a rag doll."

Ms Doherty used Dail privilege to ask Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams if suspected IRA figure Martin Morris was given cash and a car to "help him on his way" out of the North.

She also brought up the issue of the abuse suffered by Mr Adams's niece Aine Tyrell at the hands of her uncle Liam Adams.

"Why did you bring your own niece face-to-face with her abuser,"Ms Doherty said.

Ms Doherty also turned the heat on Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald who she accused of selling her integrity in order to secure a promotion within Sinn Fein.

She accused Ms McDonald of a "power grab".

Also speaking during the debate, Taoiseach Enda Kenny described Ms Cahill's testimony as "chilling and compelling, notably conherent and dignified".

He called on Mr Adams to come clean on the movement of sex abusers by the IRA.

"You have a duty, as Uachtarain of your party, to point out where these people have been moved to and who they are," Mr Kenny said.

Tanaiste Joan Burton told the debate that Gerry Adams's remarks in New York represented a "veiled threat to our free press in Ireland".

She called on Mr Adams to withdraw this threat - made against the Irish Independent and the newspaper's editor.

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