Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy has apologised for any offence caused by a tweet he sent last night, in which he described abuse allegations by Paudie McGahon as “rubbish”.
Mr Molloy’s tweet, which was later deleted, was sent as the Irish Independent published and the BBC broadcast Mr McGahon’s allegations.
Mr Molloy’s tweet said: “Another load of rubbish on spotlight tonight. Joint Indo bluesh.. production”.
This morning, another IRA abuse victim, Mairia Cahill called described Mr Molloy’s tweet as an “insensitive, crass and vile statement”.
In a statement this morning, Mr Molloy said; "I apologise for any offence my post caused to Paudie McGahon or any victim of abuse.
“I hope that justice is served and the appropriate support delivered to Mr McGahon.”
Mr Molloy added: “Sinn Féin’s priority is to support victims of abuse whether that abuse is historical or contemporary and we will support victims in their efforts to get truth and justice.
“There is a currently a Garda investigation into these allegations. These matters are best dealt with in the justice system rather than trial by television and it is my hope that justice will be done.”
Gerry Adams, the Sinn Fein President, said he cannot and will not investigate sex abuse allegations made by victim Paudie McGahon.
Speaking this morning, Mr Adams refused to say whether he could find out where the alleged abuser is living.
He was responding to repeated questions as to whether he, as leader of the republican movement, could find out where Mr McGahon’s alleged abuser is.
Sinn Fein has come in for stinging criticism from across the political spectrum since this latest set of allegations surfaced.
Mr Adams said he did not know where Mr McGahon’s alleged abuser is – however refused to say whether he would be able to locate him.
“I’m not going to investigate these matters, that’s a matter for the gardai,” he said.
“I’m not a law enforcer, I’m a law maker. I cannot investigate, I will not investigate”, he added.