Monday 19 February 2018

'Sinn Féin has no credibility to go into the Dáil and talk about helping victims. It's sickening'

Paudie McGahon. Photo: Frank McGrath
Paudie McGahon. Photo: Frank McGrath
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

IRA abuse victim Paudie McGahon has spoken of his family's distress following the contributions by senior Sinn Féin politicians during this week's debate on the whistleblower controversy.

Mr McGahon, who was raped by a suspected IRA figure before being subjected to a kangaroo-court style interrogation, said he and his wife Renata were left deeply upset after watching the Dáil debate on Wednesday night.

At one point during the debate, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said the event surrounding Maurice McCabe and Tusla would not be tolerated in "any other modern state".

His deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said the Government has been "rendered definitely finished" as a result of the controversy.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Mr McGahon said Sinn Féin had no interest in trying to assist him and his family.

He emphasised that he had huge regard for Mr McCabe and "cannot imagine" what the garda whistleblower was going through.

But Mr McGahon, who lives in Co Louth, accused Sinn Féin of hypocrisy.

"It's so difficult to sit back and watch the Sinn Féin party speak about victims when it does nothing for people like me and has time after time compounded our pain," he said.

"Sinn Féin has no credibility to go into the Dáil and talk about helping victims. It's sickening to be honest."

Mr McGahon and another man were subjected to an alleged rape in his own bedroom in Louth in 1992.

Ten years later and in the same location, they were subjected to a kangaroo-court style interrogation.

One senior alleged IRA figure who conducted the probe is alleged to have told Mr McGahon, a father of three, not to go to gardaí.

Mr McGahon has said his life is "up and down" since he took the decision to go public. He says he continues to suffer vile abuse at the hands of Sinn Féin figures in his home town of Ardee. But he says he will continue to fight for justice.

Irish Independent

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