Thursday 13 December 2018

Mairia Cahill: Gerry Adams admission is a 'vindication'

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

MAIRIA Cahill has said Gerry Adams's admission that the IRA internally investigated her sexual abuse is a "vindication"of her claims.

The Belfast woman today called on the Sinn Fein leader to go a step further and admit that his party was involved in covering up her abuse.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams

Ms Cahill was speaking ahead of a meeting with the Taoiseach in government buildings this morning  as the war of words between Mr Kenny and Mr Adams continues to escalate.

The abuse victim, whose claims have rocked Sinn Fein, says she has forced to relive the trauma of her ordeal.

But Ms Cahill welcomed Mr Adams's admission last night that the IRA were involved in her abuse.

"I think again it's a vindication of me. It's a pity he didn't have said it a week ago. He has finally recognised the IRA internally investigated my sexual abuse," she said.

Mairia Cahill alongside Paul Givan of the DUP talks to the media as she arrives for her meeting with Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson at Stormont on October 20, 2014 in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Mairia Cahill alongside Paul Givan of the DUP talks to the media as she arrives for her meeting with Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson at Stormont on October 20, 2014 in Belfast, Northern Ireland

"The one thing he hasn't finally admitted is that I was put face to face with the man who repeatedly traumatised me by abusing me. I can't say anymore how much reprehensible I think that is. What he needs to do now is go further and say she was telling the truth all along," she added.

Ms Cahill said the admission is another indication that Sinn Fein is continuing to "shift its stance" on her abuse claims.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil Justice spokesperson Niall Collins today said he would welcome the prospect of the matter of IRA 'kangaroo courts' being brought in front of the justice committee.

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