Saturday 14 December 2019

IRA sent us their 'rapists, abusers, rejects and ejects' -Taoiseach

Niall O'Connor

Women and children in the Republic have been preyed on for years by the IRA’s “undesirables and exiles”, according to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

During a highly charged Dail debate on the Mairia Cahill affair, Mr Kenny expressed deep concern that IRA and Sinn Fein sex abusers are at large in communities.

“Republicans, who thought so much of this republic, that they would honour us with their rapists, gift us their child abusers, their rejects and their ejects. Their undesirables and their exiles could live with - even prey on our women and our children,” Mr Kenny said.

“We don’t know who these men are. We don’t know what they’ve done since they arrived amongst us in their banishment but we need to know,” he added.

Ms Cahill, who was present during the debate, held her head in her hands as Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams claimed that the men and women who subjected her to a kangaroo court are “outstanding people”.

The individuals involved in the kangaroo court - Padraic Wilson, Seamus Finucane, Briege Wright and Maura McCrory - were all named under Dail privilege.

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

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During a contribution that involved little empathy, Mr Adams instead turned on the Opposition and Independent Newspapers for criticising his party for its alleged cover-up of sexual abuse.

The Louth TD claimed that he has been subject to “taunts” in the Dail chamber and that the events of recent weeks have been a “deeply traumatic period” for his family.

“This is personal,” Mr Adams said.

The debate involved passionate and detailed speeches from senior politicians such as the Taoiseach, Tanaiste Joan Burton and Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin.

Mr Martin said that 28 victims of abuse have emerged and are considering their next course of action.

The Fianna Fail leader said he has met another victim who told him a “harrowing tale” of his and his brother’s abuse at the hands of the IRA. Mr Martin said the brothers were asked if they wanted their abuser to be exeucted.

He called for an inquiry into accusations of abuse in the Republican movement.

Mr Martin named Padraic Wilson as being involved in various abuse inquiries. “These remain untouchables”, he said.

Earlier, Meath East TD Regina Doherty said she is to hand over the names of eight alleged sex abusers suspected of being moved to the Republic by the IRA.

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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 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".

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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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