Thursday 19 September 2019

Mairia Cahill meets Justice Minister as pressure mounts on Sinn Fein over IRA abuse scandal

Mairia Cahill
Mairia Cahill

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

JUSTICE Minister Frances Fitzgerald tonight held a meeting with abuse victim Mairia Cahill as the government considers the need for a cross border inquiry into the IRA sex abuse scandal.

Sources told independent.ie that the meeting, which took place in Leinster House, was organised at the request of Ms Cahill.

The meeting between the minister and the Belfast woman was held as pressure mounted on Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams to come clean on his knowledge of sex abusers being moved from the North.

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Mr Adams claimed this week that a list of alleged offenders was posted into his letter box in West Belfast and that these names have been passed on to the gardai.

But tonight, a spokesperson for the Taoiseach turned the heat on the Louth 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.

It’s understood that Mr Adams yesterday met Sinn Fein’s designated child protection officer, Meath councillor Joe Reilly.

Read more: Gerry Adams claims list of alleged sex abusers posted in letter box

Mr Reilly was the individual who handed over the list of names that was allegedly placed in Mr Adams’s letter box in West Belfast.

Senior government sources tonight queried whether Mr Adams would volunteer CCTV footage to gardai recorded on the the cameras installed at his home in Norfolk Parade just off the Glen Road.

In relation to Mr Adams's home, Sinn Fein declined to say whether CCTV would be made available.

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

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

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